A super duper neutral soup that is ideal for all weather, although chayotes are more appropriate for Spring. I still use chayotes in the winter – especially combined with corn and carrots, provides a hearty meal along with the soup. Fresh seabed coconut is not easy to find, unlike the dried version. They make the soup mildly sweet along with the fresh lily bulbs (which are also not easy to find). If you do run into these at the supermarket or wet mart, I would highly recommend purchasing them for soup usage! The can be frozen for up to 6 months! This is an easy soup to make and can be made with pork or chicken. When it comes to soup, I rarely tell my kids what’s in it until after they have tasted it. To be honest, Chinese soups don’t always looks at appealing as it tastes!
Soup Name: Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 新鮮海底椰合掌瓜豬展湯 (Xīnxiān hǎidǐ yē hézhǎng guā zhū zhǎn tāng)
- 1 pound of [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/pork-shank/”]fresh pork shank[/url]
- 2-3 [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/chayote/”]fresh chayotes[/url], largely cubed
- 6 fresh [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/seabed-coconut-or-coco-de-mer/”]seabed coconuts[/url]
- 2 fresh [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/lily-bulbs/”]lily bulbs[/url]
- 3 large [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/large-dried-dates/”]dried dates[/url]
- 3 L of water
- Start boiling your soup water
- In a separate pot of boiling water, blanch the pork shank in the hot water for 5 minutes, remove from water and rinse in warm running water (to remove the pork foam that has accumulated)
- Once you soup water boils, add in pork shank, largely cubed chayotes, fresh seabed coconut, fresh lily bulbs and dried dates
- Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a low boil for another 1.5 hours
- Salt if necesary
- Serve and enjoy!