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Borlotti beans (花豆)soup

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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!

150g borlotti/ cranberry beans
200g pork loin
2 large candied dates (蜜枣)
1000ml water

Salt to taste

1. Blanch pork loin in boiling water for a short while. Dish and set aside.
2. Bring 1 liter water to boil. Put all ingredients inside. Bring the water to boiling again and switch to low fire.
3. Boil for 2 hours. Turn off the heat. Salt to taste and serve.

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  1. Bits of Life 'n' Taste says:

    So now you have discovered the yummy & delicious cranberry beans soup? I love it too.

  2. FOOD FOR TOTS says:

    I am really an “outdated” person, yeah? Hahaha…! Will try to cook it using western style next time.

  3. Lee says:

    Do we need to peel off the skin before boiling?
    Is this soup recommended for child about a year plus?

    • food-4tots says:

      Lee: Yes, you need to peel off the outer layer but not the skin on the beans. If you think your child has problem chewing and swallowing the skin, you can remove them. You can prepare it with little salt or without salt and let your child try a smalll amount. Observe for any allergics (as a precaution). 😉

  4. kirsten says:


    may i know where u buy those borlotti beans? cant find it at ntuc,thanks

  5. Melanie says:

    U can also add fresh Huai San. It is tasty.

  6. Adri says:

    Hi there,

    Like to ask where in Tampines is the this wet market where you found the borlotti beans? I understand that there are 2 wet markets in Tampines…


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