Luo Han Guo in Watercress Soup

Soup Name: Luo Han Guo in Watercress Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 羅漢果西洋菜湯 (luóhàn guǒ xī yáng cài tāng)

Introduction:
This soup is excellent for assisting in coughs and removing phelgm.  It also aids in providing moisture (with the chestnuts) to the body and lungs for those dry autumn and winter months.  It is considered a pretty sweet soup and ideal for all ages.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
1/2 dried luo han guo
1 tablespoon of  apricot kernals
15 whole raw chestnuts
2-3 bunches of fresh watercress
1 large piece of dried tangerine peel

2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)


How do I prepare it?

  • Pre-marinate the pork overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  • Boil your soup water
  • Blanch pork shank in a separate pot of boiling water
  • In another separate pot, boil chestnuts for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from water and peel while still hot (removing the outer and inner skin)
  • Half luo han guo and rinse in warm water
  • Wash and soak apricot kernals and tangerine peel in warm water
  • When the water boils, add all the ingredients together except the watercress (this should be added last because it will stay relatively crunchy before consumption)
  • Boil on high for thirty minutes and reduce to a simmer for another 1.5 hours (or use a thermal pot)
  • When almost ready to drink, re-boil and add in watercress.  Boil on high for 10 minutes (or until desired softness of watercress)
  • Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • An excellent soup to assist with coughs and loosening of phlegm
  • Ideal for dry autumn consumption as it helps moisten the lungs and body
  • Low in fat
  • Naturally sweet

Any precautions?

  • The luo han guo produces a very sweet and distinct taste that is subjective to the drinker
  • I would suggest trying half of a fruit on your first attempt and see if you like it, definitely do not add more than 1 fruit to a soup
  • The watercress, while considered a cooling vegetable, can be consumed in moderation if in early pregnancy (use less as a precaution)

Snow Pear with Pork Lung Soup

 
Soup Name:  Snow Pear with Pork Lung Soup
 
Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨豬肺 (xuě lí zhū fèi tāng)
 
Introduction:

This soup is ideal in dispelling heatiness from the body and nourishing the lungs.  It is particularly good for the dry autumn season as it brings moisture back to the body and aids in cough and sore throat.

What Ingredients are required?

1 set of pork lung
30 g of cogon grass (mao gen)
4 honey dates
4 slices of fresh ginger
2-3 fresh snow pears 
1 tablespoon of apricot kernals
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Begin boiling your soup water
  2. Boil a separate pot to blanch cogon grass
  3. Prep your pork lungs (see instructions)
  4. Soak in warm water the apricot kernals, dried dates and cleaned tangerine peel
  5. Wash and cut snow pears
  6. Blanch cogon grass in boiling water
  7. When soup water boils, add all ingredients together (including prepared pork lungs)
  8. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 3 hours.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Ideal soup for nourishing body and lungs
  • Bring moisture back to body
  • Helps reduce heatiness in body
  • Aids in cough and sore throat

Any precautions?

  • Ensure to thoroughly clean and cook pork lungs (to avoid a stale soup taste)