There are many varieties of Chinese soup that I would love to share with you guys. So I have come up with an idea to do a monthly soup recipe to introduce you to the wonderful benefits of Asian soups. Today, I am starting with lotus root and pork soup recipe. To be honest it doesn’t sound or look as good as it taste.
In the 80’s
I’m afraid to say that dishes like lotus root and pork soup was foreign to me. Especially, growing up in this part of the world in the 80’s, where your friends were drinking soup from tins. Heinz tomato soup and creamy chicken soup were very popular during that time. I remember thinking why can’t my mum just make me simple soup like that. Instead of making soup with all these weird looking ingredients.
It took me to adulthood to discover that there are so many different version of soups that are popular all over China and that are so good for your well-being.
You may find different version of this soup on the internet. It is quite versatile and you can add whatever you like to the soup. For instance, you can add goji berries if you wish. I added dried longan not only to sweeten the soup but it goes well with the lotus seeds. Since both of these ingredients are known to help with insomnia and invigorate the spleen.
I have started making this soup for my daughters and yes at first they were pulling funny faces at the sight of sliced lotus roots. But hopefully over time they will get used to it. The popularity rise of lotus roots are upon us (i think!) as the other day I came across a packet of lotus root crisps. I would of never imagined eating that as a kid.
Video coming soon!
Lotus Root and Pork Soup Recipe
- 500g of spare ribs
- 300g of lotus roots (peel and slice)
- 15 lotus seeds
- handful of dried longan
- 1 litre of water
- Add lotus seed to a bowl, cover with water and soak for 30 mins
- Peel and slice the lotus roots. Ensure the slices are thick
- Once the lotus seeds are soak. Pour away the water, slightly open the lotus seeds and discard the green stem if requires
- Blanch the spare ribs and pour away the water
- Add the spare ribs back in the pan along with 1 litre of water. Ensure the water covers the pork spare ribs
- Add the lotus roots, lotus seeds and dried longan, bring to boil and simmer for 1.5 hours
- Whilst cooking constantly skim away any scum. Ensuring the broth remains clear
- Serve immediately
02. Remove the green stem from the lotus seed. If you don't remove them it will make the broth taste bitter.
03. Ensure any scum that floats to the surface is removed