My mother-in-law made this soup one day and it was so simply brilliant, that I tried it myself. I am a fan of boiled peanuts and papaya is a neutrally healthy fruit to add to soups. You can use either unripe red papayas or green papayas. The red papayas are definitely sweeter, but you need to use the unripe ones so they don’t disintegrate too badly in the soup. The green papayas aren’t as sweet, but have a lingering sweet taste that’s quite delicious in itself. I loaded in the peanuts and eat them as a meal – yum!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins
Total time: 1 hours 40 mins
Serves: 6 bowls
100g raw peanuts
2 raw green papayas
1 pound of fresh pork shank
10 large dried dates
2 L of water
Start boiling your soup water in a large pot (thermal ideal)
In a smaller pot, bring enough water to cover the pork shank to a boil and blanch the pork for 5 minutes in the boiling water, remove when done
Cut the papayas into large cubes
When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes (ensuring a constant boil)
Reduce heat to a low boil for another 1 hour (or place into thermal pot)
Serve and enjoy!
This soup is perfect for the whole family and can be made with readily available ingredients
You can substitute peanuts for walnuts or chestnuts, both adding a nutty, earthy and crunchy texture to the soup
Green papaya won’t disintegrate as easily as red papaya and is packed full of vitamins A, C, E and fiber
Green papayas are also amazing for strengthening the spleen and lungs
This interesting soup is mainly composed of round stuff (little nibbles of things) like nuts and beans. This soups excellent for “brain” and “memory” development (so says my herbalist) and great for kids. This soup does need something to punch up the taste because without additional veggies, it really does taste a bit bland and nutty, so I threw in a pumpkin (which still didn’t make it sweet enough, so maybe throw in some carrots and corn too). Next time.
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).
One of the best smelling Chinese soups I have ever made. It is deliciously sweet and extremely beneficial to the lungs with it’s perfect combination of Chinese herbs that target to moisturize, heal, cleanse the lungs. The dried bok choy and preserved Chinese ham are a great and common Cantonese combination for soups.
This soup is more heavy on the Chinese herbs side. A majority of the herbs listed below target the lungs primarily, clearing heat from it, and dispersing phlegm and fluids from the body (mulberry root, codonopsis root, and the luo han guo). This soup is great if you’ve got a wet cough, feeling heavy in the chest with a lot of congestion (in the nose, too!), and feeling heaty in the body (very scratchy and swollen tongue). This is a sign of excess yang (or yin deficiency).
You can find some of these Chinese herbs in the soup section of Asian supermarkets for sure. They are definitely available in your Chinese herbal shops and also your Chinese doctors (who also carry the shops as part of their practice).
Soup Name: Corn, Pumpkin and Carrots in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 玉米南瓜紅蘿蔔湯 (yù mǐ nán guā hóng luóbo tāng)
Introduction: Another variation of vegetable pork broth. The beauty of pork broth and natural vegetables is the different types of soups you can make based on seasonality and availability of various vegetables. I like orange veggies because of their intensity of beta-carotene and it eats like a meal. Just another great soup that is naturally sweet and perfect for the whole family.