Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

A super duper neutral soup that is ideal for all weather, although chayotes are more appropriate for Spring. I still use chayotes in the winter – especially combined with corn and carrots, provides a hearty meal along with the soup.  Fresh seabed coconut is not easy to find, unlike the dried version. They make the soup mildly sweet along with the fresh lily bulbs (which are also not easy to find). If you do run into these at the supermarket or wet mart, I would highly recommend purchasing them for soup usage! The can be frozen for up to 6 months! This is an easy soup to make and can be made with pork or chicken. When it comes to soup, I rarely tell my kids what’s in it until after they have tasted it. To be honest, Chinese soups don’t always looks at appealing as it tastes!

Soup Name:

Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:

新鮮海椰子合掌瓜豬湯 (Xīnxiān hǎidǐ yē hézhǎng guā zhū zhǎn tāng)

 

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What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 30 mins medium high heat + 1.5 hours in thermal pot (or on low heat)

Total time: 2 hours 15 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. Start boiling your soup water
  2. In a separate pot of boiling water, blanch the pork shank in the hot water for 5 minutes, remove from water and rinse in warm running water (to remove the pork foam that has accumulated)
  3. Once you soup water boils, add in pork shank, largely cubed chayotes, fresh seabed coconut, fresh lily bulbs and dried dates
  4. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a low boil for another 1.5 hours
  5. Salt if necessary
  6. Serve and enjoy!

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Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Soup Name:

Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:

木瓜花生豬骨湯 (mù gua huā shēng zhū gǔ tāng)

This soup is slightly warming in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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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!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 1 hour 30 mins

Total time: 1 hours 40 mins

Serves: 6 bowls

Ingredients
  • 100g raw peanuts
  • 2 raw green papayas
  • 1 pound of fresh pork shank
  • 10 large dried dates
  • 2 L of water
Cooking Instructions
  1. Start boiling your soup water in a large pot (thermal ideal)
  2. 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
  3. Cut the papayas into large cubes
  4. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  5. Boil on medium heat for 30 minutes (ensuring a constant boil)
  6. Reduce heat to a low boil for another 1 hour (or place into thermal pot)
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • 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

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Soup Name: Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name:  菜乾白菜湯 (cài gān bái cài tāng)

Introduction:
This cooling soup is really sweet and delicious! With a combination of dried and fresh bok choy, it’s a basic soup with minimal ingredients. You can adjust the “coolness” of the soup by adding more or less ginger, but it’s great to help fight off fever, a heaty body, an inflamed tongue, a mouth full of cold sores or canker sores. Really, no salt needed – just be sure to rinse and wash the dried bok choy super well, or you’ll have lots of added protein (the little flies that always seem to be embedded during the curing process!).



Amount serves: 5-6 large soup bowls (around 300 mL each)

What Ingredients are required?

500 g of fresh pork shank
100 g of fresh bok choy
50 g of dried bok choy
6 large dried dates
3 slices of fresh ginger
20 g of apricot kernals

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Blanch the pork shank in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Soak the dried bok choy in warm water for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse the dried bok choy in running water 2-3 times (to remove the dried bugs that get embedded during the curing process)
  4. Boil you soup water
  5. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for about 30 minutes and set to medium boil (covered) for another hour
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Help relieve heatiness in the body
  • Helps cool the body in the hot days
  • This soup is beneficial to help moisten, heal and cleanse the lungs
  • It’s a good base soup (to add carrots and corn and other vegetables)
  • You can use any combination of the bok choys (if you have more dried, use dried or if you can’t find any fresh bok choy)
  • Excellent high fiber soup and low in fat and calories
  • Both dried and fresh bok choy are high in Vitamin C and rich in antioxidants (which help prevent and slow the aging process)

Any precautions?

  • Not ideal for those in confinement or the first trimester of their pregnancy (as the soup is cooling and can cause contractions)
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse both the dried and fresh bok choy (to remove pesticides, dirt and bugs)

Walnuts and Cashews in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Walnuts and Cashews in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 合桃素湯 (hé táo sù tāng)

Introduction:

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.

What ingredients are required?

1 pound fresh pork shank
20g of peeled cashews
20g of peeled walnuts
2-3 large dried dates
1 fresh lily bulb (or dried)
10 pitted red dates
20 dried lotus seeds
1 whole Japanese pumpkin, largely sliced with skin
40 g red kidney beans
2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak the cashews, walnuts, dates, lily bulb and beans in warm water
  2. Begin to boil your soup water
  3. In a separate pot of boiling water, blanch the pork shank for 5 minutes and drain
  4. Wash and chop pumpkin into slices (while keeping skin to prevent the pumpkin from disintegrating)
  5. When your soup water boils, throw all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a medium boil for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for eyes and brain development (especially in children)
  • Ingredients are readily available
  • Soup is low in fat

Any precautions?

  • This soup has a strong nutty taste, so you can consider masking it with  more veggies (ie: corn, carrots, squash)
  • Caution for children under 2 (as walnuts & cashews may be a risk for nut allergy)

Cooling Wintermelon Soup

Soup Name: Cooling Wintermelon Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 祛濕清熱冬瓜湯 (qū shī qīngrè dōngguā tāng)

Introduction:

A must drink for the hot, stuffy summers.  It helps cools the body, reduces heatiness and eliminates overheating.  While mildly sweet and light to taste, this is a common and very popular soup in the Cantonese soup repertoire.  There are a variety of ways to make this soup, but this is the most basic.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh pork shank
1 large slice of wintermelon
5-6  honey dates
2 tablespoons of hyacinth beans
5 g of dried lily bulb (or 5-6 pieces)
20 g of fu ling
10-12 lotus seeds
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork shank in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Wash and cut wintermelon into cubes (separate skin from meat) – skin is still added to soup
  4. Rinse all other ingredients 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 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Helps reduce heatiness in the body
  • Eliminates excess heat and helps cool the body

Any precautions?

  • Women in their first trimester of pregnancy should avoid as it is an extremely cooling soup and may cause contractions
  • Melon soups are best consumed within same day as keeping melon soups overnight or over an extended period will make the melons sour (and so will your soup!).