Saturday, April 10, 2010

Lotus Root Soup with Peanut and Carrot

Whenever I make lotus root pork soup I must add in Dried Squid /Cuttlefish into the soup to enhance the flavor coz I love it's fishy fragrant .Recently when I had conversation with my mom regarding soup cooking,I did mentioned adding dried cuttlefish into lotus root soup.My mom advise me NOT to do that anymore.She told me it's not healthy and cancerous to add dried cuttlefish when cooking soup according to new researcher founded by some foundation. How come I asked? She told me last year she read from newspaper regarding the dangerous using dried cuttlefish when cooking soup coz when brewing or cooking soup it's take 2 hours or more .After 2 hours or more cooking the soup which infused with dried cuttlefish it's may be come toxin.Woohooo!! that bad...huh? Anyway,I understand or heard rumour that many vendor or hawker stall that sell fried banana ,cracker or sweet potato use plastic bag or straw together when frying the finger food.That is really scary!! Told my mom happily that I found Made in Malaysia fried onion here.Usually the fried onion sold in Asian market in NYC are from Thailand or Vietnam.I grab a pack which is 1 kilo and it's taste so crispy and fragrant but again my mom warned me that the commercial fried onion used plastic bag together when frying coz the plastic bag will maintains the crispness of the fried onion! Yucky!! what should I do with 1 kilo of fried onion ? *sigh* Well I guess these days people tend to use short cut way or unconventional way to make fast $$$ and forget about the health of the customers.OK, come back to my post..Since I didn't use dried cuttlefish into my lotus root soup,I added in extra peanut,candy date and carrot to make the soup other seasoning needed,just salt!!

1-1 1/2 lbs pork in bone(not ribs which have lots of fats)*ask butcher for pork in bone for soup if you have no idea which part*
3 canes of lotus root,peeled ,sliced and washed
1 handful pitted red date,about 1/2 cup,soaked
2 candy date
1 cup raw skinless peanut
1 large carrot,peeled and cut 1 inch
5 or more liter water
salt to taste
1:Washed and cut all ingredients,set aside.Prepare 5 quart or larger stock pot with some water at high heat.When water rolling boil add on pork in bone for 3-5 minutes to wash the excess fat away.Remove pork from heat and wash with cold water again.
2:Combine all ingredients and 5 liter water in the stock pot at high heat.Cover the stock pot with lid.When water rolling boil reduce heat to medium,let the soup simmer for 1 hour or until the color change to pinkness.Add 1-2 liter of water if necessary.Continue simmer for another 1 hour.
3:Add in salt to your taste.Let it cook for 15 minutes before remove from heat and serve warm.


ICook4Fun said...

Lesley, I just made a big pot of this soup today ha ha.. it will last me for a few days.

Angie's Recipes said...

My favourite summer soup!

ann low said...

My boys at home love this soup very much. Healthy soup!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....delicious. I love this kind of soup. It's nutritious.

tigerfish said...

I like Chinese soups but seldom make lotus root soup.

petite nyonya said...

I too like to put dried cuttlefish when boiling this soup. Maybe I shld stop using it too. I love this soup!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

sometime i added dried cuttlefish in this soup, yum yum!

noobcook said...

I love lotus root soups! But I've never added peanuts to mine, looks like a great idea :)

Elin Chia said...

Hi Lesley...I have cook lotus soup but without carrot. Thanks for sharing the idea of adding in carrots...:)) Will put in carrots the next time I cook this soup :)

mycookinghut said...

A soup of my childhood, that I haven't forgotten. :)

My Asian Kitchen said...

that great! I loke over night or many days soup,taste

Thanks you ladies for your wonderful comments:)

oh yes!! carrot in soup really taste sweeter!! Thank you for dropping by:)

lishapisa said...

I love lotus with black beans soup !!! lotus dipped in some soy sauce with white pepper.mmmm..
Thank you and your mom for the heads up regarding the dried cuttle fish.
We also like that tang of the sea in our soup. This may help with that flavor, add in some
"Fish/Cuttle Sauce".

The Best Brick Flooring said...

First time trying out this and it turned out great! Crunchy peanuts! Yay!

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917atyahoodotcom. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.