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)
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?
- Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
- Boil your soup water
- Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
- Wash chestnuts and boil for 10 minutes (or until shell is soft)
- Peel chestnuts while they are still hot (use gloves or towel)
- Wash, cut and cube chayotes (with skin) and corn
- Wash and soak seabed coconut and tangerine peel
- When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
- Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 2 hours
- Serve and enjoy!
- 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
- 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)
First of all I would like to thank you for this website. I am a english educated chinese and I have always wanted to learn to prepare herbal soup for different symptoms for my family. thanks again.
My questions is for chestnut, can I use dried chestnut in any of the recipes. Does it have the same quality as the fresh chestnuts?
Dear Lyn, if you don’t have fresh, you can use dried – although it won’t be as sweet. The fresh chestnuts really pack a particular sweetness punch to the soup. Just use more dried chestnuts instead! Hope this helps and thanks! Lisa