Soup Name: Papayas and Chestnuts in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 木瓜栗子湯 ( mù gua lì zi tāng) Introduction:A simple and extremely sweet soup that is ideal for relieving symptoms of cough and sore throat. It also brings moisture to the body and is highly rich in Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Ideal for children and pregnant woman, it’s a family favourite. What Ingredients are required? 1 pound of fresh pork shank 1 whole fresh papaya (red meat) 15 whole raw chestnuts 1 fresh (or dried) lily bulb How do I prepare it? Boil a separate pot of water to blanch the pork shank When water is boiling, add in chopped pork shank and boil on high heat for 5 minutes Strain and set aside In another pot of water, add chestnuts and boil for 8-10 minutes Take chestnuts off stove and strain of water. With gloves, peel chestnuts while still hot (the peel should fall off) Boil your soup water Wash and cube papaya Wash lily bulb in warm water When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together Boil on high heat for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 1 hour. Serve and enjoy! Any benefits?
A naturally sweet soup that is ideal for all drinkers
Excellent source of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene
Helps with cough symptoms
Papaya is a digestive aid
Any precautions? Ingredient Name: Chestnuts
Traditional Chinese Name: 栗子 (lì zi)
What is this? The chestnut is the fruit produce of the chestnut tree The chestnut is actually the combined flowers which ultimately grow completely together to make the brown husk that covers the fruit The raw fruit actually contains burrs and each burr can contain 1-7 nuts within it The chestnut is round and has a pointy end It also contains two skins: One hard outer layer and one softer and thinner layer that surround the fruit Chestnuts, when cooked taste nutty and sweet How do I prepare it?
Chestnuts bought with the peel must be shelled and peeled prior to eating
You can boil fresh chestnuts in hot water, drain and immediately peel (while its still hot, the skin should fall off)
Where can I buy this?
Fresh chestnuts are available at most supermarkets and are usually sold in bulk
You can also purchase pre-peeled and pre-cooked chestnuts that are packaged
Look for firm, heavy chestnuts with dark shiny shells
What is the cost? Any substitutes?
Peanuts are an ideal substitute (although be weary of allergies), but they are not as sweet
Walnuts are also another ideal substitute
Chestnuts have no cholesterol, contains very little fat and are low in sodium
They are the only nuts that have traces of Vitamin C
Chestnuts have considerably lower calories than most nuts (walnuts, almonds) and dried fruit
Fresh chestnuts have very high water content (around 52%)
Chestnuts are considered a tonic for muscles, nerves and the veinous system
They are anti-anemic, antiseptic and stomachic
Chestnuts tend to lose their water content over time, so some chestnuts will be very shriveled and dried when opened
Over consumption will result in a form of “wet” heatiness of the stomach which will lead to stomach pains – this is especially true for roasted chestnuts rather than boiled soup chestnuts
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