Friday, November 30, 2012

Foodie Fridays - Watercress and Chuan Bei 川贝 soup

We are soup lovers, Eastern or Western, we love them all.  We especially love Chinese soup that nourish the body and help strengthen the health.  If either of us are down with flu or cough, I will always boil some soup to aids the recovery.  

Recently DinoEgg is down with cough and I boil the Waterecress & Chuan Bei soup.  This soup nourish the lungs and relieve cough, we love the sweetness taste caused by the candied dates.  DinoEgg love to chew on the crunchy sweet & bitter almond, which is good coz it helps clear the lungs of any phlegm.

Ingredient A
* 400g Watercress
* 600g Pig's tail bone
* 30g or 一两 Bei 川贝 (crushed)
* 3 pieces Fig
* 5 pieces Candied Dates
* 2 tablespoon of Sweet & bitter almond (南杏 北杏)
* 3 litres of water
* Salt & pepper to taste

1. Bring 3 litres of water to boil.
2. Add in the watercress, chuan bei, fig, candied dates and the sweet & bitter almond, boil for 30 minutes.
3. Add in the pig's tail bone, boil for 15 minutes, after that turn down the fire and boil for 2 hours.
4. Stir in salt & pepper, dish and serve.

- I use soup bones instead of pig's tail bone (not a fan of this).  Thus I put the soup bones to boil for 15 minutes before putting the rest of the ingredients in.
- You can get chuan bei from your neighbourhood Chinese Medical Hall.  I am not sure whether is there different grade for these but I went to the medical hall near my place and it cost $15 per 30g but it cost $30 for the same amount at a medical hall in Thomson area.
- We omitted the salt and pepper, as usual.

This is how chuan bei 川贝 looks like

The soup, 15 mins into boiling
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  1. My MIL cooks this soup too sometimes when she is down. REminds me that I should cook more chinese soup since R loves chinese soup more then western.

  2. I should start making this soup. Had always cooked water cress and almonds but not with chuan bei. Since my girl is starting to cough again, might as well make this

    1. Have to check if your girl is ok to drink or eat the watercress often. Coz I think watercress is "cold" and will make legs no strength if consume too often.