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Borlotti beans (花豆)soup

Every time when I go to the market, I cannot resist the temptation to take a few close-up looks at these beautiful borlotti/ cranberry beans. But I didn’t buy any because I had no clue on how to cook it. Until recently, I discoverred that using them to boil soup is not only easy but so tasty as well. My son felt so much “in love” with the beans until he ate 80% of them from the soup! Ingredients: 150g...

Fresh huai shan (鲜淮山)soup

Huai shan(淮山) or shan yao (山药) (Chinese yam – English), is a type of vegetable which is neutral and sweet in nature. As mentioned in this site, Chinese yam is effective in relieving cough but should not be taken for cases with abdominal swelling and pain. Nowadays, fresh Chinese yam can be easily obtained in the wet market and supermarket. It can be used in cooking a variety of recipes ie porridge...

Cream of pumpkin soup

I still remember the first time I made this soup. It was a total FAILURE! I felt so discouraged because nobody liked it including myself. But I couldn’t figure out what went wrong because I had followed exactly the recipe from the newspaper cut-out. Then after searching for sometimes, I managed to find another simple recipe from Kuali Online. It turned out to be my son’s favourite now (partly because...

Cream of mushroom soup (1)

Ingredients: 200g fresh button mushrooms (chopped) 1 large white onion (diced) 1 large stalk of celery (diced) 360ml stock (I diluted 1 tbsp concentrated chicken stock with water) 300ml fresh milk 30g butter 3 tbsp plain flour Salt and black pepper to taste Methods: 1. Melt butter in a cooking pot. 2. Bake onion until translucent. 3. Lightly brown the mushrooms, then followed by celery 4. Stir in flour and...

Corn soup

Ingredients:2 corn-on-the-cob sweetcorns1 large carrot1 white onionHandful of mushroom stems (I had collected these stems from my previous cooking and stored them in the freezer) – optionalFish bones2 slices ginger15 red dates (removed seeds)1200ml water Seasonings:Salt and pepper to taste Methods:1. Wash fish bones. Blanch in hot water.2. Defrost mushroom stems, wash and set aside.2. Cut sweetcorns,...

Italian pasta soup

The recipe for this wholesome and tasty soup was adapted from Children’s healthy & fun cookbook (published by DK). Ingredients:75g pasta bows (I had replaced it with small shell pasta)1 large onion (white)2 potatoes2 sticks celery1 large carrot (scrubbed)1 tbsp olive oil1 bay leaf1 tsp dried oregano1 litre vegetable stock (I used Maggi concentrated chicken stock 上汤鸡精)400g tinned chopped...

Liu wei soup (六味汤)

Ingredients: Group A: 20g 玉竹 (yu zhu) 20g 干百合 (dried lily bulb) 20g 芡实 (fox nuts) 20g 淮山 (huai shan) 20g 湘莲 (lotus seeds) 10 红枣 (red dates) – removed seeds 250g 瘦肉 (lean meat) 1 liter water Group B: 20g 圆肉 (dried longan) 2 tbsp 杞子(qi zi) Methods: 1. Rinse lean pork. Cut into large pieces. Scald 2. Rinse all the ingredients.Bring water to boil. 3. Add in Group A and...

Apple and white fungus soup

Ingredients: 2 red apples (medium size) 25g white fungus 300g lean pork 30g sweet and bitter almond (南北杏) – also known as sweet and bitter apricot seeds or kernels – please refer to note below 4 candied dates (big) 1000 ml water Seasonings: Salt to taste (optional) Methods: Peel and core the apples, then rinse and chop them into 8 pieces. Set aside. Rinse lean pork and cut into 3 pieces,...

Chicken herbal soup (玉竹鸡汤)

This recipe is adapted from 我的厨房笔记(玉竹鸡汤) Ingredients A: Whole chicken : ½ pc Ingredients B: Yu zhu : 50 – 100g Red dates : 15pcs Gouqi : 1 – 2 tbsp Ginger : 1 pc Ingredients C Water : own judgment Method: 1) Wash chicken, cut into pieces, blanch the chicken with boiling water, drain 2) Wash Ingredients B, pour in water, bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to medium heat and boil...
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