Soup Name: Chayotes and Corn with Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 合掌瓜玉米海底椰豬骨湯 (hup jeung gwa yù mǐ hai di ye zhū gǔ tāng)
Introduction: A neutral soup that aids with cough and cold symptoms, it’s mildly sweet and brings moisture to the body. Rich ingredients make for a rich broth. Baby and pregnant friendly, it’s a great soup!
Soup Name: Old Cucumber with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 老黃瓜淮山湯 (lǎo huáng guā huái shān tāng)
This old cucumber soup is a Chinese classic that is ideal for the wet and stuffy spring season. It helps eliminate body moisture and heat and has a hiuretic effect on the body. Combined with the Chinese yam, it creates a milky broth that is slightly sweet in taste and very rich in flavours.
A very simple, healthy and slightly sweet soup to make that is ideal for all seasons and weather. The ingredients are all very neutral, although the mushrooms aren’t the easiest ingredients to find, but you’re welcome to used the dried version instead or other mushrooms such as shiitake mushrooms (or Chinese mushrooms) or shimeji mushrooms.
This soup is relatively neutral because of the pork bones, corn, and mushrooms. The chayotes are slightly cooling, but in general, aren’t extremely cooling (like winter melon or other melons).
This is the simple arrowroot soup. This soup is high in protein and fiber. It is a very neutral soup and requires little effort to make it. Some people really love to eat the arrowroot once its been boiled in a soup (like my mother) because it is incredibly starchy and substitutes as a meal.
This is a hearty soup that can double as a meal. The lotus root is very filling and is a good source of dietary fiber. Since the soup is boiled for some time, the lotus roots will have absorbed all the goodness of the other ingredients (same as the pork bones) and serves as a delicious addition to the soup.