Traditional Chinese Name: 冬瓜龍眼素湯 (dōng guā lóngyǎn sù tāng)
A very light and delicious soup appropriate for hot, stuffy summers. It is refreshing (even though it’s hot) and slightly sweet with all the goodness of natural flavoring and ingredients. It is a meatless soup and a quick boil, so it’s super easy to make. Plus, it’s a great base for adding other ingredients such as corn, carrots, onions and I serve it with udon or noodles to make it a meal!
What ingredients are required?
3 fresh carrots, cut into large pieces 2 fresh corn, cut into large pieces 1 large slice of wintermelon, peeled and cut into large pieces 20 pieces of dried longan 2 L of water
How do I prepare it?
Soak dried longan in warm water for 10 minutes (or until soft)
Start boiling your soup water
Wash and prepare wintermelon, carrots, and corn (keep the wintermelon skin)
When soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
Boil on high for 30 minutes
Serve and enjoy! Salt if necessary.
Oil free soup
Excellent source of protein and vitamins
Easy to make soup
Soup is ideal for hot summers and mildly cooling to relieve heatiness in the body
Wintermelon helps detoxify the skin and body and regulates sugar levels
Wintermelon is a mildly cooling ingredient and should be cautiously consumed if in your first trimester of pregnancy or if you’re menstruating as cooling foods intensify cramping
If someone is experiencing diarrhea or loose stool, they should avoid consuming the wintermelon seeds
Soup Name: Ginseng Fruit and Gobo in Vegetable Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 牛蒡人参果湯 (niúbàng rénshēn guǒ tāng)
A very clear and deep sweet soup that is extremely flavorful and rich in Vitamins. Both the ginseng fruit and the gobo root give this soup all the flavor it needs, so no meat is required. You can add a variety of vegetables to it like carrots, corn, chayotes, onions to make your soup creation. The great thing about using ginseng fruit is that the soup actually smells and tastes like ginseng, but without the hole in your wallet!
Soup Name: Chayotes, Chestnuts and Longan Vegetable Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 合掌瓜栗子素湯 (hup jeung gwa lì zi sù tāng)
This naturally sweet soup is rich in flavors and oil free. It’s a refreshing soup to drink in the summer and can be served chilled as it’s really quick and easy to make. I really like that it’s meat free because you can taste the chestnuts, the longans and all the vegetables. You can add various vegetables such as onions, green radish or tomatoes.
Soup Name: Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 酸菜豆腐魚湯 (suan cai dòu fu yú tāng)
This quick boil soup is an excellent pre-dinner appetizer. With its slight sour tang and refreshing clarity, it is relatively easy to make and very healthy for the whole family. Depending on the type, brand and preservation process of the mustard greens, your soup color can range from pale yellow to a bright yellow (as picture above). With a variety of textures in the soup, it serves as a great supplement to dinner and is an excellent source of protein. This is considered a great summer soup.
Traditional Chinese Name: 芫茜皮蛋魚湯 (yán qiàn pídàn yú tāng)
This quick boil soup is a great soup base (although just as great by itself) in the Chinese repertoire of soups. While some people don’t like Chinese parsley at all (like me), the strong taste of the herb is heavily muted when boiled in this fashion. As a result, the soup is slightly sweet and has a refreshingly mild taste to it. You can use a variety of meats and other vegetables as desired.
An Asian take on a Western soup, this is one of those perfect soups that naturally flow from a Christmas or Easter party (using the left-over turkey or ham bones). In this case, we had the ham bone (and extra bonus ham meat on the bone) and everything went into the soup and we boiled it up Chinese style. The soup was naturally salty and sweet from the ham and required very little to flavor it. We added carrots and onions to round it out and up the flavor and nutrition and it was good to go as a meal with a side bowl of rice. Easy peasy and delicious! If you are lucky, your ham bone may still contain some marrow which can add additional flavor and nutrition to your soup. Also great for kids; my 4 year-old loves this soup.