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Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts, Pork Ribs and Red Dates (莲藕汤)

Oh my lord, my toes are turning blue! It has been raining dogs and cats after work throughout these week and I haven’t been sleeping well (work stress, late night thunderstorm and things flying outside my balcony woke me up!). I knew I had to improve my diet and probably have some nourishing soup to keep my ‘chi’ (energy in Chinese) up. At the same time, I also spotted lotus root in the wet market (but they were heck expensive compared to buying in my hometown Malaysia) so I decided to make Lotus Root Soup with Pork Ribs & Red Dates.  Lotus root in Chinese medicine is known to have many benefits like strengthening the bodies, dispelling heat and improving one’s appetite.
Ingredients:
  • 500 grams of Lotus Root, cleaned, peeled and sliced.
  • 200 grams of Pork Ribs, scalded
  • 1 1/2 cups of Chinese dried Red Dates (approximately 8 red dates).
  • 60 grams of dried Peanuts (they come with skin on)
  • 4 cups or 1 liter of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt for seasoning
Steps:
  1. This step is optional, if you like your soup to have clear broth, as we are going to remove the peanut’s skin. Roughly remove the peanuts skin by rubbing it hard against each other. You can scoop a handful and rub your palm (holding the nuts) against each other and the skins will start to shed. Do this over a big bowl/container. Once you are done, take this to outside your home and toss the nuts into the air (not too high!) so that the skins will fly into the air (and land somewhere else.
  2. Clean the pork ribs and scald in boiling water for 5 minutes. Discard the water and keep the ribs aside.
  3. Heat up a soup pot over high heat. When boiling, submerge the pork ribs and the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer the soup over low heat for 1 hour. Adjust the seasoning as required.
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