Monday, January 14, 2008

Bitter Gourd and Soy Milk Soup

Hey, this is a simple soup and yet very healthy. If you do not like unsweetened soy milk, just use vegetable stock.

Preparation: 10 mins, Cooking time: 15 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 100g bitter gourd, sliced
° 2 tomatoes, cut into 4 wedges
° 2 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
° 100g enoki or golden needle mushrooms (optional), base trimmed
° 1 tablespoon wolfberries, soaked
° 6 slices ginger
° 250ml water or vegetable stock
° 250ml unsweetened soy milk
° salt and pepper, to taste
° dash sesame oil (optional)

1. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the bitter gourd slices and mix well. Let it stands for 10-15 minutes and rinse off the salt. Drain well and set aside.
2. Place the ginger, water in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
3. Add in bitter gourd, tomatoes, mushrooms, soy milk and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Throw in the wolfberries and season to taste with salt, pepper and sesame oil.
4. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls and serve immediately.

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