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粟米豆腐羹Creamy Tofu Corn Chowder

Creamy without actually using any cream, this corn chowder is made with sweet corn and silky tofu. It is low-calorie and filling at the same time, without compromising on taste.  A soup that can be ready in less than 30 minutes, this is a recipe worth trying!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can creamy corn chowder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 ear of fresh corn or 2/3 cup of corn kernels
  • 2/3 box of silken tofu (about 9 oz), cut into cubes
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Shucked corn and cut off kernels or defrost frozen corn kernels, set aside
  2. Pour a can of cream style corn in pot.  Stir in one cup of water.
  3. Bring the soup to boil, add corn and tofu.  *You can put the tofu in a blender if you prefer a smoother version of the soup.  Recommend for vegan if egg is not used.
  4. When it boil again, turn off the heat.  Crack an egg and stir quickly. Salt and pepper to taste.
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晌螺西洋菜紅蘿蔔湯 Conch with watercress and Carrot Soup

Soup has always been part of the meal in a typical Chinese home, as they believe that it is an important component of maintaining one’s well being. Soups are often seasonal. In the winter, the goal of soups is typically to counter the dryness of cold wind and heating. Also, they are typically more savory as the idea is that they can help keep you warm. In the summer, they are usually more refreshing, and are geared towards improving the appetite and to replenish fluids lost from sweating.

A wide variety of ingredients may be used to make soups, such as meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Soups with herbs have medicinal benefits. Vegetables can help cleanse the body, and fruits provide hydration or moisture to the body.

This soup has the sweetness from carrots and watercress, plus the flavor of fresh seafood. I hope you will try to make this delicious and nutritious homemade soup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches watercress
  • 2 fresh conchs, sliced
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 3 dried tangerine peels
  • 1 candied dates 蜜棗
  • 1 piece of dried ham 金華火腿
  • 8 cups of water

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over high heat.  Stir in gingers until fragrant.  Add the sliced conchs.  Stir fry for couple minutes.  Then transfer the gingers and conchs to the pot of boiling water. 
  3. Add carrots, watercress, dried ham, candied dates and dried orange peel in the pot.
  4. When it boils again, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 hours.
 
 

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青紅蘿蔔豬展湯 Green Radish and Carrot with Pork Soup

A soup recipe that is especially good during winter time.  It helps to remove phlegm, stops coughing, and heals sore throat.  And even if you don’t have any of the symptoms, the soup is delicious, nourishes your internal organs, gives you energy and helps you sleep better.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb carrots, cubed
  • 3/4 lb green radish, cubed
  • 1/2 lb pork, cubed
  • Dried tangerine peels – 3 peels
  • 2 candied dates 蜜棗
  • 7 cups water

Direction:

  1. Peel and cut green radish and carrots into cubes
  2. Clean pork, cut into cube.  Blanch pork in large pot of boiling water for 10 seconds.  Drain and set aside. (See picture below)
  3. Soak and clean orange peel.
  4. Rinse candied dates.
  5. In a pot of boiling water, place all ingredients in there.  Bring it to boil and reduce to low heat and simmer for 1.5 hours.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Chinese, Pork, Soup Recipes

 

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杞子南棗龍眼肉煲雞蛋 Goji Berries Chinese Dates Longans with Egg Soup

A very simple soup with 4 ingredients and ready in 1 hour including prep time.  The superfruit Goji Berry helps people with low energy, insomnia, heart palpitations, and even anxiety.  The Chinese date nourishes the blood and calms the mind.  Together with dried longan and egg, this soup is full of antioxidants and nutrients.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Soak the Red or Black Dates in warm water for 30 minutes. Remove the seed with scissors
  2. Clean and wash all ingredients.
  3. Lightly crack the egg, but leave the egg inside the shell
  4. Place all ingredients in the pot with water.
  5. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes.
 
 

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清湯蘿蔔牛肉煲 Chinese Beef and radish stew

This is a basic recipe for beef and radish stew.  Serve with noodles in soup, in a clay pot or on the plate.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups daikon radish, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 cups carrots, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 pack of soft fried tofu (3.5 oz)
  • 3/4 lb of beef cubes
  • 4 slices of ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 can of chicken or beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 1 tablespoons lump sugar/rock sugar (can substitute with regular sugar)

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in pan. Add ginger, garlic and shallots.  Stir fry beef cubes until it’s nearly cook (about 5-8 minutes).  Add wine and cook for a few more minutes.
  2. Add chicken broth, sugar, dark soy sauce and soy sauce and cover.
  3. Bring it to boil. Stir in radish, carrots, and fried tofu. Lower the heat and simmers for 30 minutes, until all ingredients are tender.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning, add more soy sauce if desired.
 

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Lobster Miso Soup

Lobster Miso Soup

When we think about lobster, we usually think of the meaty tail part, but other parts of the lobster are very flavorful as well.  In this case, we have used the head to enhance the flavor of the Japanese miso soup.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lobster heads
  • 3 tablespoons miso
  • 3 tablespoons finely sliced scallions
  • 1/3 ounce konbu/kelp. about 3 inches
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons of wakame (dried seaweed)
  • 1/2 cup katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
  • soy sauce, optional (i did not add to the soup)

Directions:

  1. Soak 3 inch of kelp in a saucepan with 6 cups of cold water for 30 min. Set the saucepan over medium heat. Just before the water comes to a boil (you will see bubbles and it takes about 10 min), remove kelp.
  2. Bring to a boil and add 1 cup of bonito flakes. Simmers for a few min. Pour the soup through fine strainer, discard bonito shavings.
  3. Return the dashi to the saucepan over low heat. Add the wakame and continue to simmer for a couple minutes until it open up and increase in size.  Remove wakame using a fine strainer.  Set aside.
  4. Bring the dashi to boil.  Add the miso paste and stir until dissolved
  5. Add the reserved lobsters to the dashi and cook for 10 minutes
  6. Stir in scallions and the reserved wakame.  Serve immediately.

 

Another Lobster Recipe: Lobster Mac and Cheese


 

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蘋果瘦肉湯 Apple with meat soup

蘋果瘦肉湯 Apple with Meat Soup

Another favorite winter’s soup with many health benefits.  It’s nourishing to the lung, healing dry cough and it’s very good for the skin.  It’s sweet but light and tastes fresh.

Ingredient:

  • 1 Apple (I used Fuji apple)
  • 1/4 lb of lean pork meat
  • 2 tablespoons of Sweet and Bitter Apricot Kernels 南北杏
  • 2 tablespoons of Longan 龍眼肉
  • 2 candied dates 蜜棗

Directions:

  1. Rinse the apricot kernels, longan and dates under tap water
  2. Peel apple, cut into 4 pieces
  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil, put all ingredients in and simmer for 1.5 – 2 hours


 
 

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