Saturday, 2 July 2011

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Chinese Potato Soup/Kinesisksuppe med Kartofler/土豆汤


My mum, May Loh's recipe

Serves 4

Preparation & Cooking Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour (depending on if you use pressure cooker or ordinary pot)

Ingredients:
° 2-3 large potatoes cut into chunks
° 2 carrots cut into chunks
° 3 large tomatoes or 5 cherry tomatoes chopped into 2 or 4
° 2 onions chopped
° 650g pork spare ribs (2 slabs)
° 2-3 litre water or vegetable stock
° 5-8 oyster mushrooms cut into slices (østershatte/牡蛎蘑菇) (Optional)
° ½ cup dried soy beans (Optional)
° A sprinkle of chives chopped (purløg/韭菜) (Optional)
° Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Bring water and soy beans to boil on high.

2. Add potatoes, onions, carrots, oyster mushrooms and pork ribs.

3. Cover lid and once pressure cooker reaches pressure according to your cooker, let it cook for 15 minutes. If you are using ordinary port, let it simmer on low heat (no. 2.5 – 3 on my stove) for 1 hour, keeping it boiling gently.

4. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

5. Garnish with chives and serve

Tips:
1. Sprinkle goji berries on top (Joshua loves it this way).

Nutritional Value:
Potatoes are a good source of complex carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin B6 (which supports the formation of almost all the new cells in your baby's body) and potassium. They also contain fibre, iron, folates, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, zinc and magnesium.

The carbohydrates in potatoes contain something called 'resistant starch' - so named because it resists being digested on its way to the large intestine! Once there, it acts like fibre, in that it lowers cholesterol and helps guard against colon cancer.

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Additional Information:
This is a very simple and easy dish to cook, and such a classic dish during my childhood. It brought back lots of cozy, and... at times, painful memories. My mum and my granny (dad's side) used to cook this soup. My aunties loved this soup that my granny made. My granny had a very very hard life supporting the family of many kids (I even lost count of the number of kids she had), since my grandfather passed away very early. My dad started working as a teenager to help support the family. Finally, when my last uncle L graduated from university, and could give her some good life from a good job, she got terminal cancer and passed away when she was 60 years old. We did not know for sure, whether she accepted Christ, before she passed away, but I believe she did. My granny is a very kind lady. I think perhaps, my uncle L asked God why this happened, and I also asked God why. I think at some point my Uncle L backslided away from God, because of this. But God's ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Someday, I look forward to seeing my granny in heaven, and ask God if He could tell me why. No matter what, I know that God is good and loving and He knows best. I am glad I am able to share it with my blog after all these years.

I cooked this last week for Joshua, and he loved it. I looked forward to tell Joshua the history behind this dish, when he grows up.

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