The weather has been scorching hot lately. Aside from making my kids water parade daily after school, I try to boil a cooling soup for the family whenever I can. Soup has high nutritious value, helps to relieve body heatiness, cool the body and provide additional internal moisture on days like this.
Main Ingredients (Serves 2A2C) :-
- 4 big bowls (est abt 10-cm dia.) of water
- 1 White Raddish (skin peeled and cut into chunks)
- 2 Carrots (skin peeled and cut into chunks)
- 1 Chicken Bone (can be replaced with Pork Ribs x 300g)
- 1 Chicken Thigh (deskinned and obvious fats removed)
- Dried Red Dates (pitted) x 10 pcs (红枣）
- Dried Almond Nuts a handful each (南杏 + 北杏）
- Dried Fig x 2 pcs (无花果）
- Dried Prune (蜜枣)
- Dried Wolfberries x a handful (枸杞子)
- Dried Scallops x 8-10 pcs
- Dried Cuttlefish x 1 pc (鱿鱼干）
- Sea Salt (before serving, to taste)
1. In a separate small pot, boil some water to blanch the chicken bones / pork ribs for a few minutes until the scum surfaces. Dish out the chicken / pork and set aside., throw away the water with scum.
2. My kids don’t like the taste of cuttlefish in their soup. So i didn’t add in. If you love the deep musky flavouring like I personally do, do add in a piece of dried cuttlefish into your soup. It brings out a whole different aroma and flavour. Simply heat up the dried cuttlefish in a dry pan on low fire until the fragrance is heavenly / or just bake it for few minutes on low heat.
2. In a big soup pot, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add in all the ingredients above (together with Step 1 above) and bring to a boil on high fire. Reduce heat to very low fire for slow simmering for about 3 to 3.5-hrs. Skim off the excess scum at the surface again.
3. Add some sea salt to enhance the sweetness of the soup.
I used to boil soup using only pork bones. Mum taught me that using chicken + pork indeed brought out another flavour to the soup. In order not to “waste” the meat, I use softer pork bones (those type with long bone) and chicken thigh. Both remain soft and tender after boiling for 3hrs. Do give it a try! 🙂
My siblings and I grew up drinking mum’s soup. Out of 3 siblings, I am the only one who has endless stomach space for a good bowl of soup. Give me just soup and rice anytime and I can also be satisfied. Mum always say that I am 鸭命 ~ will die if no soup kind. I hope you enjoy trying out this soup recipe.
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