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Chinese Arrowroot Soup (粉葛湯)

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The Chinese Arrowroot Soup (粉葛湯), many people may not have heard of or taste of arrowroot or the soup. The Arrowroot is a type of root plant similar to yucca, taro or potato root plants. So you can find it in the produce sections with the potato, yucca or taro. However the arrowroot is harder in texture and it is extensively starchy than potato. When it is cut up, it has patterns on surface that looks like the ages of a tree trunk.

The arrowroot is high in protein and fiber which is very beneficial to our body. Since the arrowroot is very fulfilling, sometimes we will make good old pot of soup as substitution of our meals as well. I like to drink the soup more than eating the arrowroot actually as the soup is really sweet and tasty. We cook the soup by adding in seafood ingredients such as dried oysters and dried squids, this makes the soup so refreshing sweet with the natural sweetness from dried seafood. You can omit if you don’t like seafood, just add in more pork ribs or pork bones.

For more information of arrowroot, search in wikipedia.



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Steamed Tofu with Pork Ribs (豆腐蒸排骨)

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I was looking for some easy recipes that don’t require a lot of efforts and works, maybe even some magical spells will make the food ready by itself in no time. Enough of imagination. The truth is it’s summer and fun time, I just got lazy to cook :p.  But I found some recipes that would help out — steaming using a rice cooker or on the stove.  Bah, this is just an easy way to cook the food and you can be off to do your stuff. In fact there are many recipes that can be cooked by using the rice cooker, which it is an efficient cooking style for more nutritious and healthy meals.

Steamed tofu with pork ribs provides you an excellent source of calcium and protein. Plus steaming makes it less oily and super fresh, the sweet broth absorbs the nature juiciness from the pork.  You can steam it with your rice cooker, or on stove top. Preferably for 30 up to 40 minutes, then the pork ribs will be much softer and tender.

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Bitter Melon and Pork Stew (苦瓜燜豬肉)

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Not everyone likes the bitter melon (苦瓜). It is a bitter fruit that I used to loathe in childhood. Seriously, I would skip having it every time when it was served in any dishes. My taste buds changed when I grew up. The pork and bitter melon stew is now one of my favorite family dishes, which I missed dearly.

Chinese loves to use the bitter melon in cooking for its bitter flavor such as stir-fries and sours. As for this time, I’ve used it to prepare the “pork and bitter melon stew” to gratify my craving. Nothing fancy is needed else than the ground bean sauce which you are able to get it easily in most Asian food markets. Good thing about this dish is the bitter melon doesn’t taste so bitter after it has been cooked.

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Black Bean and Pork Ribs Soup (黑豆排骨湯)

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Last Christmas when my mum was visiting she brought over so much of food and we haven’t finished them yet. Curry paste, chili powder, herbal soup packs, coffee, tea and etc. so much I couldn’t even remember all. Including are the two bags of black beans. Mum already cooked the Black Bean Soup for us once when she was here and left the other bag so we can cook it some other time. I like the soup but not the color because it is almost brownish black (:P). But Eric loved the black bean soup so much as he can eat the beans while enjoying the soup.

Soup is so easy to be prepared but just a bit time consuming to cook. What you can do is put everything into a pot of water and start cooking, walkaway to do your stuff and come back in 1 1/2 hours. Add some taste and the soup is ready to be served. This hot bowl of black bean soup is great as an easy weekday dinner.

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Corn Soup (玉蜀黍排骨湯)

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In Chinese saying, “three dishes and one soup”  (三菜1湯) completes a meal.  For those who are away from home like us who cannot enjoy Mum’s home cooking, or we will say no good meal or soup (沒湯水喝) to consume,  you can always try out our easy cooking or soup recipes. Pat has previously posted so many soup recipes that you can easily prepare at home. We always try to boil the soup at least once during the weekends to pamper ourselves for a nice complete meal. Plus the leftover soup tasted even better and it is great for simple weekday dinner.

The corn soup is sweet as it has infused the natural sweetness from the corns and pork ribs. Most importantly I get to eat the corn at the same time. I will never have enough of corns. This is a super easy yet delicious soup to have.

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