Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dioscorea Root Soup

This is an easy-to-prepare clear and light soup. Fresh dioscorea root (淮山) can be easily purchased from the market or supermarket. It can be added to lotus soup, if desired. Dioscorea also helps strengthen improve lung function, benefiting the whole body. It is commonly used in formulations designed to relieve coughing due to weakened lungs. If you find this too plain, you can add some mock mutton or mock meat (some are vegan) or some wolfberries to add some lovely red colour to this soup.

Preparation: 5 mins, Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients (serves 2)
° 150g fresh dioscorea root, peeled and cut into section
° 125g carrot, peeled and cut into section
° 1 corn on the cob, cut into section
° 8 seedless red date
° 1 slice ginger
° 750ml water
° salt to taste
° granulated mushroom bouillon (optional), to taste
° ¾ teaspoon freshly chopped spring onion or coriander leaves, for garnish

Method
1. Place the dioscorea root, carrot, corn, red date, ginger and water in a pot. Bring soup to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes
2. Season to taste with salt and granulated mushroom bouillon.
3. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, garnish with spring onion or coriander leaves and serve.

2 comments:

Sunny said...

Reminds me of similar soup I had at Taiwan, without onion of course :P

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

Hi Sunny
Spring onion can be replaced with coriander leaves. Add it for making the soup look beautiful and for the fragrant. But coriander leaves can also achieve that effects with a different fragrant.

cheers :)

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