Snow Pears, Chayotes and Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth

Snow pear Chayotes in Pork Broth

Snow pear Chayotes in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Snow Pears, Chayotes and Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨合掌瓜湯 (xuě lí hup jeung gwa tāng)

Introduction:
A mildly cooling soup that helps relieve heatiness, assist in cough and is naturally sweet.  It’s great for kids, easy to make and contains all natural ingredients.  You can use chicken meat with this instead of pork bones (or pork shank).  If you can’t get fresh (or frozen) seabed coconut, the dried version is sufficient (although not as sweet, so you can substitute additional snow pears).

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones
3 fresh chayotes, quartered and cored
5 fresh seabed coconuts, halved
4 fresh snow pears, halved and cored
1 tablespoon of apricot kernels
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil your soup water
  2. Boil another pot of water to blanch your pork bones (blanch in boiling water for 5 minutes)
  3. Remove pork bones from water and set aside
  4. Rinse in warm water, core both chayotes and snow pears – cut both into large, edible portions
  5. Rinse seabed coconut in warm water and halve
  6. When soup water boils, add pork bones, chayotes, snow pears, seabed coconut and apricot kernals
  7. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a simmer for another hour

Any benefits?

  • Mildly cool and appropriate for children
  • Naturally sweet and nutritious

 

Any precautions?

  • Pork bone soups often do produce quite a big of fat (over pork shank), so be sure to use an oil scooper to remove the fat before serving

Gobo in Pork Bone Soup

Soup Name: Gobo in Pork Bone Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 清牛蒡豬骨湯 (qīng niúbàng zhū gǔ tāng)

Introduction:

A naturally sweet and delicious soup with minimal ingredients.  It is a neutral soup that has many benefits (see below) and is very easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh pork bones
6-7 gobo or greater burdock roots (each approximately 1″ in length)
4 honey dates
4-5 dried scallops (conpoys)

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork bones in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Wash, peel and cut gobo into edible sizes
  4. Rinse honey dates and dried scallops in warm water
  5. Once soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to a simmer for another 1 hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • High amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and amino acids
  • Soup helps promote bowel movements and urination to eliminate toxins
  • Helps reduce blood sugar, fat and blood pressure

Any precautions?

  • Ensure gobo is purchased from a reputable source

Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup

Soup Name: Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 豬肚酸菜湯 (Zhū dù suan cai tāng)

Introduction:
A pretty traditional type of Chinese soup that uses white peppercorn – there are only a few that use this ingredient.  It is not particularly spicy, but it does have an interesting taste that is probably acquired.   My children didn’t like this soup at all, but with more pork bones (or pork shank) and less pepper, it can be a very appetizing soup because of the preserved mustard greens.  Excellent for spring as it helps remove moisture from the body during the wet and stuffy rainy season.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones (optional)
1 pack of preserved mustard greens
200 g of pig’s stomach
15 g of white peppercorn (half it for kids)
3-4 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Blanch pork in boiling water
  2. Boil soup water
  3. Rinse and cut up preserved mustard greens into large pieces (if you want it less salty or sour, soak in water longer)
  4. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  5. Boil on high heat for half an hour and then reduce to simmer for another hour
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for removing moisture from the body
  • Extremely appetizing soup
  • Very neutral soup ideal for all soup drinkers

Any precautions?

  • Use caution with pepper (always add less and add more later)
  • Buy preserved mustard greens from a reputable source

Fish Maw with Seabed Coconut and Pork Bones

Soup Name: Fish Maw with Seabed Coconut and Pork Bones

Traditional Chinese Name: 海底椰花膠豬骨湯 (hai di ye huā jiāo zhū gǔ tāng)

Introduction:
Fish maw is usually associated with a chicken soup base, but it is just as ideal with pork.  This soup is not naturally that flavorful (as fish maw itself has no taste and neither does dried lily bulb).  The seabed coconut gives it a slightly sweet tinge, but you can consider adding some vegetables (like corn or carrots) to further enhance the flavor.  Salt to taste as necessary – although it’s still refreshing without the salt.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones
5-6 fresh seabed coconut (dried will suffice)
1-2 pieces of dried fish maw
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
20 g of dried lily bulb

1 teaspoon of salt (for marinating pork)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Marinate pork in salt overnight (to expel the fire in the pork)
  2. Soak your dried fish maw in warm water (for at least 4 hours)
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. In a separate pot, boil water to blanch your pork
  5. Wash dried lily bulb, tangerine peel and seabed coconut
  6. Cut up the fish maw into edible pieces (optional)
  7. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  8. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes, reduce to a medium boil for another 2 hours
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for nourishing the lungs or relieving cough symptoms
  • Ideal source for collagen
  • Soup is neutral and ideal for confinement, pregnancy and children

Any precautions?

  • If boiled too long, the fish maw will slowly disintegrate which naturally thickens the soup

Fuzzy Melon with Corn in Pork Bones Soup

Soup Name:  Fuzzy Melon with Corn in Pork Bones Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 节瓜玉米豬骨湯 (jié guā yù mǐ zhū gǔ tāng) 
 
Introduction:
A mildly sweet soup that is rich in vitamins and nutrients.  It can be eaten as a meal because of the hearty variety of vegetable assortment and is easy to make. 

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones 
2 fresh fuzzy melons
2-3 fresh corn
1 foot of fresh chinese yam
5 dried string figs
2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it? 

  1. Pre-marinate the pork bones overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  4. Wash, cut and cube fuzzy melon (without skin) and corn 
  5. When the soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Helps detoxify the body
  • Neutral soup for any consumption

Any precautions?

  • Consume soup as soon as possible.  Fuzzy melons tend to sour if left out too long.