Soup Name: Night Blooming Cereus and Figs in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 霸王花無花果瘦肉湯 (bà wáng huā wú huā guǒ shòu ròu tāng)
This unique soup is ideal for removing heaty phlegm and nourishing the lungs. It is best for those with pathological heat and fire in their bodies, which makes it ideal to be consumed at the beginning of the autumn season to help clear heatiness from the body from the summer. The soup is slightly sweet, very refreshing and creates a clear broth that is easy to drink – however it is an old fire soup and requires quite a length of time to boil.
Soup Name: Snow Pears, Chayotes and Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨合掌瓜湯 (xuě lí hup jeung gwa tāng)
Introduction: A mildly cooling soup that helps relieve heatiness, assist in cough and is naturally sweet. It’s great for kids, easy to make and contains all natural ingredients. You can use chicken meat with this instead of pork bones (or pork shank). If you can’t get fresh (or frozen) seabed coconut, the dried version is sufficient (although not as sweet, so you can substitute additional snow pears).
This soup creation is courtesy of my mother. She was here visiting Hong Kong and made this soup for me and it was absolutely delicious! Who would have thought that onions and corn mixed in the simplest of combination would be so tasty, naturally sweet and easy to drink? I think it is also the addition of the lily bulbs that created the rich, sweetness of the soup. I recommend all families try this soup. It is neutral for all to drink, contains all natural ingredients and is super, duper easy to make! I also kept this soup over a period of 2 days and found the longer it sat, the sweeter it became – just be sure to boil your soup each time and when not drinking it, boil it and keep it covered as not to let any bacteria in if keeping overnight.
Chinese Name: 果西洋胡蘿蔔魚湯 (xī yáng cài hú luóbo yú tāng)
A great fish soup base with vegetables that can serve as a meal. It’s not too common to make watercress with fish, but a tasty recommendation from my veggie vendor. It’s great in assisting coughs and moisturizing the body in the dry autumn and winter months. It’s also got minimal fat and ideal for children as well. The one key thing that many people tell me about watercress soups is that you MUST add watercress to boiling water or else the watercress will be sour? I have never actually tried it because I don’t want to spoil my soup, but if you happen to feel experimental or did it by accident, do share you experience and soup results!
Putting fruit into Chinese soups adds a wonderful sweetness and texture. Papaya is commonly used in either fish or pork-based soups. This is a simple papaya pork soup that is quick and simple to make and great for children. My own kids love to eat the soft and warm papaya fruit directly from the soup so this has become a common, nutritious soup we can make quickly and know they will enjoy.
Traditional Chinese Name:羅漢果西洋菜湯 (luóhàn guǒ xī yáng cài tāng)
This soup is excellent for assisting in coughs and removing phelgm. It also aids in providing moisture (with the chestnuts) to the body and lungs for those dry autumn and winter months. It is considered a pretty sweet soup and ideal for all ages.