This is Chinese lotus root soup, often slow simmered to bring out the richness and goodness of the ingredients.
A comforting bowl of soup to come home to 🙂
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What is Lotus Root?
Lotus root is a favorite ingredient in Chinese dishes. It can be used as an ingredient in soups, as well as stir-fries. Recently 麻辣香锅 (Mala stir fries) has been really popular in Singapore, and one of the ingredients we often see in it would be sliced lotus root.
Just a fun fact – I remember seeing slightly muddy lotus roots selling in the market when I was a kid. Thankfully these days we can find washed lotus root easily!
What Other Ingredients Are Used In This Soup?
Other than lotus root, peanuts and red dates are often used in this soup as well.
Some recipes also include chicken feet for a richer soup; dried cuttlefish for added flavor; black beans for additional boost of nutrition.
As this is a slow simmered soup, by adding in chicken feet, cooking over a longer period of time will make the soup “thicker” and richer with collagen drawn from the chicken feet. You can also make a thicker soup with big pork bones for soup – simply cook over longer time to draw out the goodness in the bones.
If you like the old school slow simmered Chinese soup taste, don’t skip adding dried cuttlefish and dried scallops! These ingredients add more umami flavor to the soup.
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This recipe serves 2 adults, or 1 adults 2 kids. So you can adjust the qty of the ingredients to your liking 🙂 This recipe also fits in Thermos 1.5L thermal pot.
A bowl of comforting nutritious soup, great for cold weather.
- 150–170 g pork ribs
- 250 g lotus root, cleaned and sliced
- 1 pc dried scallop (medium sized)
- 2 pcs red dates
- 40 g dried peanuts, soaked in warm water
- 20 g ikan bilis, rinsed
- 800 ml water
- 1 pc dried cuttlefish (washed (optional))
- Prepare pork ribs by blanching in boiling water for about 5 mins. There should not be any more pink spots in the ribs. Rinse and set aside.
- Soak peanuts in hot water for 1 hour to soften. Rinse and drain ikan bilis.
- Bring 800ml of water to a boil, in a pot. Add in blanched ribs, lotus root, ikan bilis, dried scallop, red dates and peanuts. You can also add in dried cuttlefish if you like. Allow the water to boil again. Reduce heat slightly to let it come to a simmering boil for about 2-3 hours. You may add salt to season the soup slightly.
- Serve warm with rice, and some dark soy sauce and cut chili.
– Pork Ribs: You can use pork ribs, prime ribs, pork bones, or add in additional chicken carcass, or a few chicken feet. Blanch all the bones together in step 1.
– Other than simmering over the stove, you may also use a thermal pot to boil for 20-30 mins before moving to the outer pot for 4-5h. Should you keep the soup in the pot for a longer time, ensure that you reboil every 8h for food safety.
– You may also add in some salt for taste. Recommended to skip salt if you are serving to children.
- Category: Dinner, Soup
- Cuisine: Chinese