Soup Name: Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 馬蹄粉葛雞湯 (mǎtí fěn gé jī tāng) Introduction:A great soup for nourishing the lungs, helping with coughs and reducing phlegm. It is also ideal in the wet, stuffy spring season to remove excess moisture from the body. 1 fresh whole chicken 10 fresh chicken feet 1 peel of dried tangerine peel 1 pound of smilax root 1 arrowroot 10-15 fresh water chestnuts How do I prepare it? Cut smilax root & arrowroot into edible cubes Boil a pot of water to blanch smilax root, chicken & chicken feet (don’t cut nails as it will release oils into the soup) Boil soup water Wash and peel water chestnuts When water boils, add all the ingredients together Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to continually boiling for another 2 hours Serve and enjoy! Any benefits?
Excellent soup for removing moisture from the body (especially during the Spring)
Ideal for relieving cough symptoms and removing phlegm Helps remove some heatiness Any precautions? Considered a mildly cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution Smilax root must be blanched in boiling water thoroughly clean them Soup Name: Pork Bones and Arrowroot Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 粉葛湯 ( fěn gé tāng) Introduction: This is the simple arrowroot soup. This soup is high in protein and fiber. It is a very neutral soup and requires little effort to make it. Some people really love to eat the arrowroot once its been boiled in a soup (like my mother) because it is incredibly starchy and substitutes as a meal. What Ingredients are required? 1 pound of fresh pork bones 2 large arrowroots 3 large dried dates 5-6 pieces of dried scallop 1 teaspooon of salt (to marinate the pork bones) How do I prepare it? Mix salt and pork bones together and let sit in a bag for at least an hour (best overnight) Wash the pork bones thoroughly in cool running water Start boiling your water soup and add the dried dates and conpoys In a separate pot, blanch the pork bones and strain it to remove any dirt and debris from the blanching Add the pork bones and chopped arrowroot to the boiling water of your soup Boil together for at least 60-90 minutes on high heat. The longer you boil it, the tastier the soup. It is best eaten when the pork is falling off the bones. Any benefits? Any precautions? Ingredient Name: Arrowroot or Obedience Plant Traditional Chinese Name: 粉葛 (fěn gé) What is this? Arrowroot is the edible starch from the rhizomes (rootstock) of West Indian arrowroot It is often ground down to a powdered starch form which is completely white and powdery in form The powder itself is used as a thickener, in cakes, pies, soups, and sauces The rhizome itself can grow up to 6-7 pounds in weight at maturity Arrowroot has no flavour or smell, but when boiled it has a slighty nutty sweet taste If used in soups as cubes, the root is very fibery and coarse How do I prepare it? Where can I buy this? What is the cost? Any substitutes? Any benefits?
Due to its blandness, it’s suitable for many diets (especially soups for children)
The arrowroot does contain a healthy amount of calcium
It is recommended for people who feel nauseous to consume arrowroot and helps soothes upset stomachs
The arrowroot is not a highly nutritious food with 84% of the root composed of starch
Arrowroots can be quite dirty and need to be thoroughly washed prior to consumption
If purchasing arrowroot powder, be sure to purchase it from a reputatble source as some sources many not sell PURE arrowroot
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