Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Soup Name:

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

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I know, the orzo doesn’t make it very Chinese, but my family loves small-sized pasta that I decided to turn this soup into a solid meal for the children. This is another quick boil vegetarian soup that can be done in under 30 minutes. For my kids, I added pan-fried sausages on top for some protein, but you can always consider adding tofu or even egg drops! This recipe was inspired by another mommy on instagram – you can follow @TheChineseSoupLady for my adventures of “souping”.

For this recipe, you’ll need: Sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh corn and vegetable broth is optional, or for those who prefer meat, you can add the preserved Chinese Ham or chicken / beef broth.

To start, you can begin boiling your soup water, which I use around 3L of water. Like most quick boils, the ingredients need to be cut small so that they can cook quickly. I would normally recommend ingredients like onions, leafy greens, melons to be cut smaller, but because potatoes and sweet potatoes melt into soups or self disintegrate, I cut them bigger – roughly 1 cubic inch will suffice.

If your soup water has boiled, just dump in your chopped potatoes into the soup, but if it’s still work in progress, I’d recommend soaking the potatoes and sweet potatoes in warm water until you can use them or they will brown and then stay brown in the soup and just doesn’t look as appealing.

I also shuck the corn. This is another recommended technique for quick boil soups because the corn will cook faster. Don’t throw away the cob! You can use these as part of your soup base and heightens the sweet flavours. You can just simply snap the cobs into halves with your hands once they have been shucked. Makes me feel strong – grrrr!

At this point, you can throw it all into your soup if the water’s boiled. Add some vegetable, chicken, or beef broth to heighten flavours or throw in 2 slices of preserved Chinese Ham. At this point, you can start preparing the orzo – which is simply to throw as much as you can eat (without wastage) into a pot of slightly salted water for about 7-9 minutes. Once the orzo is done – you can try a few to make sure it’s soft enough to your liking, drain and rinse under running cold water. This will help ensure it’s stopped cooking and won’t stick to each other. I personally don’t mind soaking in cold water.

This next part is about adding some additional ingredients that the children don’t like, but I do! I’ll pan fry diced garlic and onions to use as a garnish for the soup. If I could, I’d probably throw in the onions into the soup base as well! Actually, come to think of it, I could eat the garlic and onion garnish just by itself… a little bit of salt and omigosh – so delicious!

Interestingly enough, this sets the beginning for a chowder soup, but because I’m keeping it Asian-styled, I don’t go chowder. Once the soup has boiled on medium heat for 30 minutes, you can salt if you’d like, but be sure to taste it first. If you’re using Chinese ham, I wouldn’t recommend more salt.

In a bowl, scoop as much or as little orzo as you can eat and then scoop your boiling, hot soup on top. Then garnish with the onions, garlic or a bit of parsley if have and ta-da – your meal. Again, for the children, I topped with pan-fried sausages, but you can really add anything you’d like that will put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 30 hours

Total time: 1 hour

Serves: 8 bowls 

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and largely cubed
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and largely cubed
  • 1 fresh white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, diced
  • 2 fresh corn, shucked
  • orzo pasta
  • 3L water

Cooking Instructions

  1. Boil your soup water
  2. Wash, peel and largely cube your sweet potatoes and potatoes
  3. Shuck the corn, keeping the cob
  4. When the soup water boils, add all the ingredients together and boil on medium heat for 30 minutes
  5. Add optional broth or salt to the soup if you’d like
  6. For garnish, dice garlic and onions
  7. Pan-fry until golden brown in a little bit of oil
  8. Set aside to cool
  9. In a smaller pot with 1 tsp of salt, boil the orzo for 7-9 minutes until soft
  10. Once the orzo is finished, drain and rinse under cold running water to prevent sticking and further cooking
  11. When soup is done, in a bowl, put orzo on the bottom and add in hot soup
  12. Add garnishes
  13. Enjoy!

Here are some examples of other soups using a chicken soup base:

The chicken soup base is a great soup to start with for so many dishes and soups!  Here are a few to get you started!

This is a great and very simple chicken soup that I use as a base.  My kids love drinking this as plain chicken soup.

Using this chicken soup base for shabu shabu is the perfect solution to start your hot pot adventures!

This soup is using the base chicken soup recipe that is perfect for double-boiling.  For example, the only additional ingredient added here is the ginseng on top of the soup base.

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Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Soup Name:

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

清豬骨海螺湯 (Qīng zhū gǔ hǎiluó tāng)

This soup is neutral and sweet to taste.

 

 

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This soup is ideal for colds, flus and cough. If you’ve got a sore or scratchy throat, achy body, tiredness and/or headache – this soup is for you!  From an Eastern perspective, the Chinese don’t recommend drinking chicken soup when you’re sick, which to me, sounds off, but you can’t argue thousands years of tradition through Chinese medicine.  My herbalist recommended this relatively “neutral” soup for me and is considered 滋陰 (zī yīn), which means treating yin deficiency by reinforcing body fluid and nourishing the blood.  If you look at the herb base, it’s pretty basic and ideal for most soups – the kicker is to add sea whelk (or conch or sea snail). You don’t need to add fresh sea snail (they can get pretty expensive if you buy them live from the wet mart), but definitely add pork. This soup ended up tasting delicious and sets a great base for adding vegetables of your choice – like corn, onions, or chayotes – all neutral vegetables.

What’s involved?

Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 15 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a separate pot, blanch both the sea snails and pork in a pot of boiling hot water for at least 5 minute (to remove impurities, fat and scum), remove and set aside
    2. Soak all the herbs in warm water for at least 10 minutes and rinse in warm water
    3. Boil your soup water
    4. When you soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
    5. Boil on high for 30 minute and then reduce boil to a medium boil for another 1.5 hours
    6. Serve and enjoy!

One of the more affordable seafood you can use for soups is dried sea snail. They come in thin, hard slices and add a sweet, sea-salt taste to the soup (similar to dried conpoys). Plus, these things are storage friendly and can be stored in your freezer or fridge for up to 6 months.

 

A typical neutral soup base for Chinese soups. The dried sea snails are interchangeable with dried conpoys, which is a great substitute if you can’t find sea snails.  The dried versions produce similar tastes to the soup as they are both seafood and go through similar drying processes.

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Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Soup Name:

Chayotes, Corn with Mushrooms in Pork Broth

Chinese Name: 合掌瓜玉米茶樹菇豬骨湯 (hup jeung gwa yù mǐ cha shu gu zhū gǔ tāng)

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What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours and 30 mins

Total time: 3 hour

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  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 and soak mushrooms
  5. Wash, cut and cube chayotes and corn
  6. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for thirty minutes, reduce to a simmer boil for another 2 hours
  8. Serve!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is extremely easy to make and tasty
  • It is neutral, so the whole family can enjoy (including children)
  • Ideal for strengthening the stomach, spleen, and kidney
  • The mushrooms, chayote, and corn also make for great additions to the meal
  • This soup is great source of fiber
  • You can use this with chicken as well (as the protein)

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