Saturday, October 25, 2008

Lotus Root Soup

What is lotus root? To put in plainly it is the root portion of a lotus plant. :) It a commonly found in Asia primarily Chinese cooking. The exterior of this root is covered with a peel that is a reddish brown color and it has a whitish interior. The meat of the lotus root has a texture that is slightly crunchy, and mildly sweet. Lotus root can be eaten raw in salads, stir-fried with vegetables, deep fried as tempura and of course commonly used in chinese soups.

Simple ingredients :-

1) Lotus Root
2) Red Dates
3) Dried squid
4) Raw Peanuts
5) Pork ribs and chicken ribs

Simple steps -
Preparation of soup is the easiest. Throw everything in the pot of water and let it boil. Simple right?!! For best results, let the water come to a boil for 20 mins and then only lower the fire (simmer) and boil for another 2 hours.

The result is a super yummy soup. It is my favourite soup!


Nate-n-Annie said...

This is a nice, healthy soup. Do you skim the scum that comes to the top?

mysimplefood said...

HI Nate n annie - Yup the soup is lovely. The scum at the top is usually from the pork bones/ribs. What I usually do is to soak my pork ribs in hot water just for a while before I put it in the soup. So usually I don't encounter the scums. Hope this helps.