Brrrr. Yesterday we woke up to a cold 16°C. The reality of winter approaching suddenly hits. I guess we have been spoilt with a very warm autumn during the past month that I thought we were still in summer. Even with the warm weather, the kids and Husband were sick during the last two weeks. It’s always awful when the young ones are sick as all they do is whine and cry. Thank goodness I have a stronger immunity and escape unscathed.
The other day I noticed my local fruit shop was selling fresh lotus root. I was introduced to lotus root soup during my one month confinement after Baby S was born. My MIL boiled lotus root with red bean (or was it black bean?) Lotus root doesn’t have much taste but I love the crunchy texture and it is rich in dietary fibre and other vitamins and minerals. The lotus root has interesting hollow pattern inside and I think sliced lotus root looks very pretty.
Herbal soup is more of a Chinese thing but I started to cook herbal soups a lot more since I was introduced to it by my MIL. I also have a cookbook with lots of delicious herbal soup recipes which I’m hoping to make good use of during this Winter.
For this lotus root soup I have kept it simple with just pork ribs, red dates, lotus seeds and candy dates to give it that extra sweetness.
1 rack of pork ribs
1 small lotus root
2 candy dates
1/4 cup dried lotus seeds
1/4 cup red dates
2 litres of water
Soak the red dates for at least 30 minutes. Rinse it with water a couple of times after soaking cause I noticed my red dates left some impurities after soaking.
Soak the dried lotus seeds separately for at least 30 mintues. Then drain.
Cut the pork ribs into strips. Blanch the ribs in boiling water to remove any impurities. Boil 2 litres of water in clean pot. Then add the pork ribs. Skimming away any impurities.
Using a peeler, remove the skin of the lotus root. Slice the lotus root 1 cm thick. Then add the lotus root to the pot. Add the red dates and candy dates. Cover and cook on low heat.
After 20 minutes, add the lotus seeds. Cover and cook on low heat. Cook for another 1 hour to 1.5 hours or until the pork ribs falls off the bone and the red dates and lotus seeds are soft.
Serve the soup hot.