Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Soup Name

Chinese Winter melon and Ham Stew

Traditional Chinese Name:  

 

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I was inspired to make this soup one day when I walked by the wet mart and saw the vendor carving up this giant fresh winter melon and I thought, “Gosh, that’s be amazing to use!”.  I didn’t want to make a soup that day, but really wanted something savory, tasty, and soft.  So another way to make winter melon is to stew it!  And normally, you can pair winter melon with Chinese ham, but I went for a western spin and decided to make a fusion version with Parma Ham instead (which is equally salty).

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 45 mins

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of fresh winter melon (about 2-3 inches thick is good)
  • 1 bowl of smaller dried Chinese mushrooms
  • 1 bowl of fresh, cored gingko bilobas
  • 1 pack of Parma Ham
  • 9-10 cloves of fresh garlic
  • A sprinkling of preserved Chinese vegetables

Cooking Instructions

  1. Start by soaking the Chinese mushrooms in room temperature water for about an hour to soften them
  2. I like to use giant butcher’s knives for chopping most things because the weight and leverage just lessens the work!  Chop your winter melon into large-sized pieces, removing the seeds and keeping the skin.  This will help keep in place as it softens in your stew and not disintegrate into a million pieces and become blah…
  3. The go about removing the ends of the mushrooms.  A sharp knife or kitchen scissors will do the job!
  4. In your soup pot, with a bit of oil and on medium heat, pan fry the garlic cloves until they are brown (and smell yummy!), then you toss in the mushroom and pan fry for about 3 minutes.
  5. Drop in the gingko bilobas and also fry for 3 minutes
  6. Then you extract the Parma Ham and just place it on top of the other ingredients and stir slightly
  7. Add in 2 cups of boiling water and a sprinkling of Chinese preserved vegetables and mix it altogether
  8. Cover and boil for 45 minutes, stirring every once in a while so it doesn’t stick, or that you still have enough liquid in the pot

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Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

Red Dates Longan Chinese Herbal Tea

The easiest of #teas to make at home to help promote blood flow, strengthen the #heart, and promote sleep. This #Chinese #herbal tea is best drank before bedtime, after #dinner. I simply used 6 dried #longans, 2 dried red #dates, and a handful of dried #wolfberries. It is a slightly #warming tea and allows for good circulation of #qi. This #drink is ideal for people who do not get enough rest, are overworked, women who have recently given birth, and people who have deficiencies in qi and blood. Remove the seeds from the red dates (as they seeds are known to be heaty in a bad way), steep everything for 5 minutes in hot (boiling) water, and enjoy!

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Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

Soup Name:

Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

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This delicious, milky broth Chinese Soup is ideal for the whole family!  Made with a handful of Chinese herbs (dried dates, dried longans, and dried wolfberries) and fresh vegetables, the secret ingredient is Hokkaido whole milk!  An usual mixture, but very rich, smooth, and creamy, it’s a delicious addition to any meal!  Below, I’ve included both a youtube video of this soup and the standard recipe.

Start with fresh vegetables.  I use Japanese pumpkins (instead of your traditional Western Orange pumpkins).  The Japanese pumpkin is very starchy and can eat like a meal with the soup.  Keep the skin on when you’re making the soup so the pumpkin doesn’t disintegrate into the soup and melt.

Also, in Hong Kong, there is thing with this 3.6 Hokkaido milk.  It’s apparently the smoothest, richest, fattest milk available, aside from cream and one of the more reputable Japanese brands available.  You can find this in most Asian supermarkets here.  My kids love to drink this as whole milk, too!

 

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 45 mins

Total time: 2 hours 15 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients

  • 1-2 large pieces of fresh pork shank
  • 1 whole Japanese pumpkin, seeded and chopped large
  • 2 fresh carrots, peeled and chopped large
  • 2 fresh corn, chopped into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons of dried wolfberries
  • 2 tablespoons of dried longans
  • 2 tablespoons of dried red dates (seed removal optional, although it is said that the seeds are fiery)
  • salt as needed
  • 0.75 L of fresh 3.6 Hokkaido Milk

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil two pots of water – one for your soup and one for blanching the pork shank
  2. Once the smaller pot of water is boiling, gently lower the pork shank and let it boil (turning as needed to ensure it’s all cooked) for 5 minutes, drain and set aside
  3. When your soup water boils, add in the Chinese herbs and blanched pork shank
  4. Chop your carrots and corn and add to the boiling soup water
  5. Half your Japanese pumpkin and using a spoon, hollow out the seeds, then cut into large chunks with the skin still on (this will prevent it from disintegrating in your soup) – then add to your soup
  6. Boil in medium high for 30 minutes
  7. Transfer the pot to a thermal pot, or continue to boil on medium low for an hour (still bubbling slightly)
  8. minutes before you’re ready to serve, add 0.75 L of the fresh milk into the pot and boil on medium high for another 15 minutes
  9. Salt as needed
  10. Serve and enjoy – including all the veggies! They are so yummy!

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Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

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Cough Reduction Tea (From Colds)

Soup Name

Cough Reduction Team (From Colds)

Traditional Chinese Name:  

止咳茶 (zhǐ ké chá)

 

It started with a cold.  My whole family had it, being passed from one person to the other.  My symptoms were light though, feeling primarily fatigue throughout a two week period, until the end.  I developed this mildly itchy (but highly irritating) cough that just wouldn’t go away, even with cough syrup.  So I went to find my Chinese doctor and herbalist who asked me a few questions, asked me to show him my tongue and recommended this mild tea designed to squash that pesky cough.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 5 mins

Serves: 2 cups

Ingredients

A majority of the ingredients are cough attacking ingredients and readily found at your wet marts, herbalist, or dried food stalls.  They are primarily leafy and stem based, and not a cooling tea at all, but does address heatiness in the body. 

Normally, anything cooling actually stimulates coughing more, so these are warm ingredients that are paired perfectly for anyone who wants to try an alternative solution to the drowsy cough medicine.  This tea is mild enough for kids, mild enough to drink back to back, slightly warming, but not heaty, and perfect for vegetarians.  On top of the dried herbs, chuck in a slice of ginger for good measure!

This tea is already slightly sweet (due to the sugared dried kumquat) and quite soothing to drink.  No sugar needed!

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil your tea water
  2. Once boiling, add in all the ingredients together
  3. Boil on medium high (covered) for an hour
  4. Strain the ingredients
  5. Serve and enjoy

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    Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

    Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

    Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

    Soup Name

    Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

    Traditional Chinese Name:  

     

     

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    In the Chinese repertoire of soups, there’s a type of soup called a “gung” (羹) in Cantonese.   These soups are traditionally thickened with corn starch or other thickeners and served as an appetizer during meals.  I don’t make these soups very often, but once in awhile, it’s a nice addition to my menu.  I also find that these types of “gung” soups usually come out during the winter days, which is perfect for our cold weather now in Hong Kong!

    This one is made with fish maw (or fish stomach) and fresh chicken breast, both excellent sources of low-fat protein!  It takes around 30-40 minutes to make and serves a pretty filling soup that is ideal for the whole family!  Try it and let me know what you think!  

    What’s involved?

    Prep time: 30 mins

    Cook time: 30 hours

    Total time: 1 hour

    Serves: 6 bowls

    Ingredients

    • 1 bag of dried fish maw
    • 4-6 pieces of skinless chicken breast, cubed
    • 2-3 slices of fresh ginger
    • frozen peas
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup of Chinese ham, diced
    • 1 can of small chicken broth
    • 2 L of water
    • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
    • soy sauce
    • Chinese wine
    • sesame oil
    • salt
    • pepper
    • Parsley
    • Green onions

    Cooking Instructions

    1. Boil your soup water, throw in yours ginger and the dried fish maw.  Boil on high for 10 minutes, or until the fish maw is completely soft.  You’ll need to use chopsticks or something to push them into the water or else they will just float about and not really soften.
    2. Remove the fish maw from the water, let cool and dice into bite sized pieces
    3. Dice your chicken and Chinese ham into bite sized pieces
    4. Marinate your chicken breast with:  1 teaspoon of Chinese wine, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, a drizzle of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, sprinkle of salt and pepper – mix well together
    5. In your soup, add fish maw, diced chicken breast and let it boil for 5 minutes on medium heat.  Then throw in frozen peas and ham.
    6. In a small bowl, add cold water to 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix until dissolved.  Then slowly, drizzle this into your soup on medium heat while you continuously stir

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