Soup Name: Chinese pumpkin with sweet potato and tomato soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 三甘湯 (sān gān tāng)
Introduction: The name is quite interesting because I learned about this soup from my vegetable vendor in the wet mart in Hong Kong. The 3 (三 – sān) implies 3 keys vegetables ingredients, that being: Chinese pumpkin, sweet potato and tomatos. The base of this soup is rich in vitamins, extremely sweet and a neutral soup for the whole family to drink. You can add other ingredients to this vegetable soup pending your creativity and physical needs.
Soup Name: Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 豬肚酸菜湯 (Zhū dù suan cai tāng)
Introduction: A pretty traditional type of Chinese soup that uses white peppercorn – there are only a few that use this ingredient. It is not particularly spicy, but it does have an interesting taste that is probably acquired. My children didn’t like this soup at all, but with more pork bones (or pork shank) and less pepper, it can be a very appetizing soup because of the preserved mustard greens. Excellent for spring as it helps remove moisture from the body during the wet and stuffy rainy season.
Soup Name: Fish Maw with Seabed Coconut and Pork Bones
Traditional Chinese Name: 海底椰花膠豬骨湯 (hai di ye huā jiāo zhū gǔ tāng)
Introduction: Fish maw is usually associated with a chicken soup base, but it is just as ideal with pork. This soup is not naturally that flavorful (as fish maw itself has no taste and neither does dried lily bulb). The seabed coconut gives it a slightly sweet tinge, but you can consider adding some vegetables (like corn or carrots) to further enhance the flavor. Salt to taste as necessary – although it’s still refreshing without the salt.
Soup Name: Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米南瓜紅蘿蔔湯 (yù mǐ nán guā hóng luóbo tāng)
Introduction: Another variation of vegetable pork broth. The beauty of pork broth and natural vegetables is the different types of soups you can make based on seasonality and availability of various vegetables. I like orange veggies because of their intensity of beta-carotene and it eats like a meal. Just another great soup that is naturally sweet and perfect for the whole family.
Papaya and Snow Fungus Chinese Dessert (or sweet soup)
Traditional Chinese Name:
木瓜雪耳糖水 (mù gua xuě ěr táng shuǐ)
A traditional Chinese sweet soup (or sweet dessert) that is restores and cleans your body from impurities. It is said to be great for balancing skin tone and is moisturizing for the body. Extremely easy to make and is already naturally sweet from the Papayas.
Traditional Chinese Name: 木瓜栗子湯 (mù gua lì zi tāng)
Introduction: A simple and extremely sweet soup that is ideal for relieving symptoms of cough and sore throat. It also brings moisture to the body and is highly rich in Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Ideal for children and pregnant woman, it’s a family favourite.