Gobo in Pork Bone Soup

Soup Name: Gobo in Pork Bone Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 清牛蒡豬骨湯 (qīng niúbàng zhū gǔ tāng)

Introduction:

A naturally sweet and delicious soup with minimal ingredients.  It is a neutral soup that has many benefits (see below) and is very easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh pork bones
6-7 gobo or greater burdock roots (each approximately 1″ in length)
4 honey dates
4-5 dried scallops (conpoys)

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork bones in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Wash, peel and cut gobo into edible sizes
  4. Rinse honey dates and dried scallops in warm water
  5. Once soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to a simmer for another 1 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • High amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and amino acids
  • Soup helps promote bowel movements and urination to eliminate toxins
  • Helps reduce blood sugar, fat and blood pressure

Any precautions?

  • Ensure gobo is purchased from a reputable source

Cooling Wintermelon Soup

Soup Name: Cooling Wintermelon Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 祛濕清熱冬瓜湯 (qū shī qīngrè dōngguā tāng)

Introduction:

A must drink for the hot, stuffy summers.  It helps cools the body, reduces heatiness and eliminates overheating.  While mildly sweet and light to taste, this is a common and very popular soup in the Cantonese soup repertoire.  There are a variety of ways to make this soup, but this is the most basic.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh pork shank
1 large slice of wintermelon
5-6  honey dates
2 tablespoons of hyacinth beans
5 g of dried lily bulb (or 5-6 pieces)
20 g of fu ling
10-12 lotus seeds
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork shank in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Wash and cut wintermelon into cubes (separate skin from meat) – skin is still added to soup
  4. Rinse all other ingredients in warm water
  5. Once soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to a simmer for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Helps reduce heatiness in the body
  • Eliminates excess heat and helps cool the body

Any precautions?

  • Women in their first trimester of pregnancy should avoid as it is an extremely cooling soup and may cause contractions
  • Melon soups are best consumed within same day as keeping melon soups overnight or over an extended period will make the melons sour (and so will your soup!).

Fish Paste and Lettuce Soup

Soup Name: Fish paste and Lettuce Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 生菜魚片湯 (sheng cai yú piàn tāng)

Introduction:

A simple and quick boil soup that can be made in about 30 minutes.  It’s delicious with tasty ingredients that satisfies the soup craving.  There are a variety of ways to make the fish paste and bring variety to your quick boil soup.

Ingredients:

3 heads of Chinese lettuce
2 pounds of Fish paste
salt to taste (optional)
ground white pepper to taste (optional)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Prepare your fish paste by adding some salt & white pepper (add a small amount first, you can always add more)
  2. In a pan, fry your fish paste flat (flip over when cooked)
  3. When fully cooked, cook and slice into edible slices or cubes
  4. Wash and dice lettuce in thin, long strips
  5. Boil your soup water and when it boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Easy to make and delicious
  • Quick soup that requires little preparation
  • Excellent source of protein and fibre

Any precautions?

  • Make sure fish paste is thorough cooked before usage

Whole Chicken and Vegetable Soup


Soup Name:
Whole Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 雞菜湯 (jī cài tāng)

Introduction:

I don’t know if it’s classified entirely as a Chinese soup, but it’s delicious!  It’s similar to this version of Chicken and Veggies Soup, except it’s a more “old fire” soup because it’s boiled for much longer.  There are no herbal additives or Chinese medicine included in this soup, but it is super sweet and extremely tasty.  The Chinese often use a whole chicken, including the feet, heart, liver, neck and everything in between.

1 fresh whole chicken
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
1 small stalk of celery
2 potatoes
1 onion (fresh)
2 tomatoes

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh chicken in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Prepare all the vegetables by washing and cutting into edible portions
  4. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  5. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to simmering for another 1.5 hours
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Easy to make and delicious
  • Neutral soup that is ideal for any drinker
  • Excellent source of fiber and nutrition

Any precautions?

  • The use of fresh chicken in the soup can create an oily film on the surface of the soup.  Use an oil strainer to remove any excess oil before serving.

See also:

Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾火腿湯 (cài gān huǒ tuǐ tāng)

Introduction:

One of the best smelling Chinese soups I have ever made.  It is deliciously sweet and extremely beneficial to the lungs with it’s perfect combination of Chinese herbs that target to moisturize, heal, cleanse the lungs.  The dried bok choy and preserved Chinese ham are a great and common Cantonese combination for soups.

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
50 g of dried bok choy
100 g of Chinese preserved ham

1/8 of a luo han guo
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
1 tablespoon of apricot kernals
20 g of rice beans
4 honey dates
1 Codonopsis Pilosula Root (5 g)
3 g of wind weed rhizome
3 g of root bark of White Mulberry
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork shank in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Prepare carrots and corn by cutting into edible pieces
  4. Rinse well in warm water the dried bok choy and all of the additives (other ingredients)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to simmering for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Great for healing, aiding and cleansing the lungs
  • Ideal for relieving cough symptoms
  • Helps remove some heatiness

Any precautions?

  • Considered a cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution
  • People who also can’t take too cooling soups should drink less (or avoid)

Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 馬蹄粉葛雞湯 (mǎtí fěn gé jī tāng)

Introduction:
A great soup for nourishing the lungs, helping with coughs and reducing phlegm.  It is also ideal in the wet, stuffy spring season to remove excess moisture from the body.

1 fresh whole chicken
10 fresh chicken feet
1 peel of dried tangerine peel
1 pound of smilax root
1 arrowroot
10-15 fresh water chestnuts

How do I prepare it?

  1. Cut smilax root & arrowroot into edible cubes
  2. Boil a pot of water to blanch smilax root, chicken & chicken feet (don’t cut nails as it will release oils into the soup)
  3. Boil soup water
  4. Wash and peel water chestnuts
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to continually boiling for another 2 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for removing moisture from the body (especially during the Spring)
  • Ideal for relieving cough symptoms and removing phlegm
  • Helps remove some heatiness

Any precautions?

  • Considered a mildly cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution
  • Smilax root must be blanched in boiling water thoroughly clean them