Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth

by | Mar 15, 2014 | Soups for Children, Summer Soups | 0 comments

Soup Name:

Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:

菠菜馬蹄雞湯 (bō cài tāng mǎ tí jī tāng)

This soup is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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This is a variation on a restaurant-styled spinach soup I had at a Chinese restaurant. In their version, the spinach was less dense and more coarse and it was called a “gung” in Cantonese – meaning a thick stew type of soup. I wanted something lighter, healthier for the kids and lighter on the corn starch, so kind of made this up. It turned out to be delicious and the water chestnuts added a refreshing and crunchy texture that I loved! For the vegetarian version, use vegetable broth instead.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Serves: 4-6 bowls

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Benefits

  • This soup is extremely high in iron, calcium and antioxidants (that help kill free radicals and slow down the sign of aging).
  • It’s suitable for the whole family.
  • It’s an easy and quick soup that you can whip up in less than half an hour.

Ingredients
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 fresh white onion, finely chopped
  • 6 bunches of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 fresh water chestnuts, peeled
Cooking Instructions
  1. Finely chop both onions and garlic
  2. In your soup pot, add a teaspoon of cooking oil and fry garlic and onions until the onions are caramelized
  3. Throw in the chopped spinach and cook for another 5 minutes while continuously stirring
  4. Add in chicken broth and water
  5. Boil on medium for another 10 minutes (or until boiling)
  6. Remove from heat and using a hand blender, blend the soup until it runs smooth
  7. In a pot of hot water, boil the peeled water chestnuts for 5 minutes
  8. When ready, remove and finely chop the water chestnuts
  9. Sprinkle the water chestnuts on top of the soup and serve!

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