Soup Name: Lotus Root with Dried Octopus in Chicken Soup
Traditional Chinese Name: 章魚幹蓮藕雞湯 (zhāng yú gàn liánǒu jī tāng)
This is a simple, easy-to-make soup that doesn’t require many ingredients. It’s a heavy sweet (not a light sweet) and appropriate for spring weather. This soup is quite neutral and ideal for children and adults. The dried octopus & dried mussels do give the soup a little bit of a “fishy” taste if you put too much, but use less if you’re concerned. It’s a similar taste to dried conpoy almost. A naturally delicious soup for the whole family.
What ingredients are required?
How do I prepare it?
- Prepare chicken (see chicken post) and blanch in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes, drain and set aside
- Soak dried octopus and baby mussels in water for about 30 minutes
- Boil your soup water
- Slice octopus in slices or quartered
- Peel and cut arrowroot into large cubes
- Add all the ingredients into your boiling soup water
- Boil on high for thirty minutes and reduce to medium boil for another hour
- Serve and enjoy!
- Neutral soup that is ideal for the whole family
- No salt required as the preparation of the octopus and mussels already provide enough sodium
- Octopus is rich in calcium, phosphorous, and iron
- Dried Octopus aids in the prevention of anemia, relieves fatigue and restores eyesight and improves liver functions
- Be sure to purchase dried Chinese products from a reputable source
- Sometimes the octopus is really salty, so if you want to reduce the saltiness, soak in warm water for a few hours
- Dried octopus is high in cholesterol
- People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to octopus