Monday, February 8, 2010

Lotus Root Soup

One of the things I love most about my mum's cooking is that she makes very nice and tasty soups. Feeling a bit homesick, I decided to try and make a lotus root soup using a secret ingredient that my mum always adds to sweeten and flavour Chinese soup- dried honey dates. This secret ingredient sure didn't disappoint. The taste of pork ribs complimented the sweetness of these dried honey dates and the end result was a very light and refreshing soup that hubby and I just couldn't stop sipping.


1 strip lean pork ribs
1 lotus root (fresh or frozen)
2 dried honey dates
8-10 dried red dates
2 pieces dried squid
1 tbsp dried wolfberries (kai chee)
6 cups water
Salt to taste

  1. Cut the pork ribs into short lengths, remove any visible fat and set aside.
  2. Peel off the skin of lotus root and cut into slices. 
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil and add in all the ingredients. 
  4. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until well cooked. Add salt to taste.

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