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This clear, light white radish soup is “cooling” and detoxifying, with a touch of sweetness from the red dates. Great especially during hot weather!
This clear white radish soup is one of my family’s favorite Chinese soup for dinner time!
It is a bowl of slow simmered soup, comforting to come home to, after a tiring day of work.
Why Is This White Radish Soup Good For Hot Weather?
As the Chinese believe that white radish has some “cooling” and detoxifying properties for our bodies, we like to drink this soup when the weather gets hot.
Despite this white radish soup is to be drank hot (yes on hot weather), it is nourishing and comforting to the tummy!
What Ingredients Do I Need For This Soup?
- White Radish, Daikon – You can get the white radish readily from markets or supermarkets. Simply wash, peel and cut into chunks. The white radish cooks into a nice, soft texture in this soup!
- Pork Ribs – You can use pork soup bones, pork ribs or prime ribs for the soup. Alternatively, you can also use chicken bones, or a combination of both pork and chicken bones. I like to get soup bones from Purely Fresh, because they usually pack the meat and bones into vacuum packs!
- Dried Ikan Bilis and Dried Scallops – These dried “seafood” help to add flavor into the soup. If you do not have these, you can increase the amount of pork ribs slightly. For dried scallops, try to get the larger M or L size ones. The small ones tend to carry some fishy smell.
- Red Dates – Don’t skip these! The red dates add some sweetness to the soup.
- Corn – Similar to red dates, corn adds sweetness and flavor to the soup.
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Why Do I Need to Blanch the Pork Bones?
Blanching the bones can remove blood and scum in them, so that the boiled soup will be clear and light. You can do so by putting the bones in a pot of boiling water for about 5-10 mins. Discard the water and rinse the bones.
Is This White Radish Soup Easy to Cook?
Yes absolutely! You can simply boil and simmer on the stove top, for about 2 – 3 hours or so. I like to save time by boiling the soup in my thermal pot in the morning, and then have a bowl of this nourishing goodness during dinner time (do remember to reboil every 6-8 hours for food safety).
The flavor also deepens as it is simmered for a longer period of time.
This recipe below serves about 1 bowl of soup for 2-3 adults. If you might increase the amount of water, do remember to increase the other ingredients proportionately for best taste.