Chayotes and Corn with Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth

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!

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones 
15 fresh chestnuts
3-4 fresh chayotes
2-3 fresh corn
5-6 fresh seabed coconuts (or Coco de Mer)
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it? 

  1. Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  4. Wash chestnuts and boil for 10 minutes (or until shell is soft)
  5. Peel chestnuts while they are still hot (use gloves or towel)
  6. Wash, cut and cube chayotes (with skin) and corn 
  7. Wash and soak seabed coconut and tangerine peel
  8. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  9. Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 2 hours
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Helps with cough symptoms
  • Neutral soup ideal for children and pregnant woman
  • Chestnuts help add moisture to body
  • Low in fat soup with high protein value in its content

Any precautions?

  • Be sure to purchase seabed coconut from a reliable source
  • If intended for helping cough symptoms, don’t use carrots (as carrots will enhance coughing)

Old Cucumber with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

 
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)
 
Introduction:

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. 

What Ingredients are required?

1 medium-sized old cucumber
1 pound of fresh pork bones
1 foot of fresh chinese yam
15 fresh gingko bilobas
10-12 lotus seeds
3-4 large dried dates
2-3 L of water
1-2 teaspoons of salt

How do I prepare it?

  1. Pre-marinate the pork with the salt and let it sit for at least an hour (overnight is best)
  2. Begin boiling your soup water
  3. Soak gingko biloba, dates and lotus seeds in warm water
  4. Blanch the pork in a separate pot of boiling water
  5. Wash, peel and cut Chinese yam (be careful to wear gloves as the raw yams will make your skin itchy upon contact)
  6. Wash and peel old cucumber.  Keep the skin and remove seed pouch.  Cut into large cubes.
  7. Bring water to a boil and put all the ingredients in together.  Bring to boil.
  8. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 3 hours.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • This is a neutral and healthy soup for children
  • Old cucumber is effective in clearing heatiness
  • This soup is great for the wet and stuffy spring season

Any precautions?

  • It has a mild effect of reducing heatiness, although it is not a severely cooling soup
  • Not recommended to drink if you have a cough as any “cold” soups do not help with cough symptoms
  • Chinese yam will make your skin itchy upon contact, so be sure to wear gloves when handling fresh Chinese yams
Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Soup Name:

Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Chinese Name: 合掌瓜玉米茶樹菇豬骨湯 (hup jeung gwa yù mǐ cha shu gu zhū gǔ tāng)

This soup is neutral in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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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). 

You can learn more about cooling and warming ingredients in Chinese soups to help you design the soup you need for your personal conditions and balance, and weather!  

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Total time: 3 hour

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  4. Wash and soak mushrooms
  5. Wash, cut and cube chayotes and corn
  6. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 2 hours
  8. Serve!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is extremely easy to make and tasty
  • It is neutral, so the whole family can enjoy (including children)
  • Ideal for strengthening the stomach, spleen, and kidney
  • The mushrooms, chayote, and corn also make for great additions to the meal
  • This soup is great source of fiber
  • You can use this with chicken as well (as the protein)

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Soup Name: Pork Bones and Arrowroot Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 粉葛湯 ( fěn gé tāng)

Introduction:
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.


What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones
2 large arrowroots
3 large dried dates
5-6 pieces of dried scallop

1 teaspooon of salt (to marinate the pork bones)

How do I prepare it?

  1. Mix salt and pork bones together and let sit in a bag for at least an hour (best overnight)
  2. Wash the pork bones thoroughly in cool running water
  3. Start boiling your water soup and add the dried dates and conpoys
  4. In a separate pot, blanch the pork bones and strain it to remove any dirt and debris from the blanching
  5. Add the pork bones and chopped arrowroot to the boiling water of your soup
  6. Boil together for at least 60-90 minutes on high heat.  The longer you boil it, the tastier the soup.  It is best eaten when the pork is falling off the bones.

Any benefits?

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Any precautions?

  • Since the arrowroot is high in fiber, it is not easily digested in children and you should give them just the soup

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Soup Name:  Pork Bones with Lotus Root Soup
 
Traditional Chinese Name:  蓮藕湯 (lián ou tāng)
 
Introduction:
 
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.

 
What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones
2-3 whole lotus roots
5-6 pieces of dried scallop
3 large dried dates

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your water soup
  2. Optional:  You can marinate the pork bones with 1 tablespoon of salt an hour prior to boiling, but make sure you rinse the pork bones well with cool water
  3. In a separate pot, blanch the pork bones and strain it removing any dirt and debris from the blanching
  4. Add the pork bones to the boiling water of your soup
  5. Add the dried scallops, large dates and lotus roots to your soup
  6. Boil for at least 60-90 minutes on high heat.  The longer you boil it, the tastier the soup!

 Any benefits?

  • The lotus roots are a great source of dietary fiber and have plenty of vitamin C and B6

Any precautions?

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