Chinese Radish and Chicken Soup

With winter well on it’s way, I can’t think of a better way to warm up after returning home from the cool outdoors than by drinking a warm Chinese soup — it will warm you from the inside out.

This one is relatively easy to make, is great for children and may be helpful as we are well into cold & flu seasons as there are mild benefits that may be helpful. The chicken soup base provides a nutritious base, while the apricot kernels help with phlegm expulsion (for those pesky coughs). In addition, the wolfberries are high in antioxidants, irons and vitamin A and C. The carrots and Chinese radish add sweetness and, if you eat them (which we hope you do!) are deliciously filling, too.

Hope you enjoy this soup and bundle up!

Soup Name: Chinese Radish and Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Soup Name: 青紅蘿蔔雞湯 (qing hóng luóbo ji tāng)

Chinese Radish and Chicken Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Author: LadyTong
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Serves: 6 bowls
Ingredients
  • 1 whole [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/chicken-whole/”]chicken[/url]
  • 2 [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/chinese-radish/”]chinese radish[/url]
  • 3 [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/carrots/”]carrots[/url]
  • A tablespoon of [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/wolfberries-dried/”]wolfberries[/url]
  • A tablespoon of [url href=”http://www.thechinesesouplady.com/apricot-kernals/”]apricot kernels[/url]
  • 2 litres of water
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare the chicken
  2. Soak the wolfberries and apricot kernels in room temperature water
  3. Start boiling the water.
  4. Cut the carrots and Chinese radish into pieces (if serving children, chop into bite-sized cubes)
  5. When the water boils, combine all ingredients
  6. Bring to a full boil
  7. Boil on medium heat for at least 1.5 hours
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 

Papaya Pork Soup

Soup Name: Papaya Pork Soup

Chinese Name: 木瓜湯 (mù gua tāng)

Introduction:

Putting fruit into Chinese soups adds a wonderful sweetness and texture.   Papaya is commonly used in either fish or pork-based soups.   This is a simple papaya pork soup that is quick and simple to make and great for children.  My own kids love to eat the soft and warm papaya fruit directly from the soup so this has become a common, nutritious soup we can make quickly and know they will enjoy.

What Ingredients are required?

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak the apricot kernels and dried scallops in room temperature water for 30 minutes
  2. Peel and remove the seeds from the papaya and cut into large cubes
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Blanch pork shank in a separate pot of boiling water
  5. Add in the above ingredients and bring to a boil
  6. Simmer for at least one hour until pork if soft
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • High in vitamin C and folate (from the papayas)
  • Neutral soup that is ideal for children and toddlers
  • Simple to make