5/24/2010

Hairy cucumber soup (毛瓜汤)



I think the name of this vegetable is hairy cucumber or green marrow or something... but I'm really not too sure. :P

It's usually cooked in soups and it contains carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, riboflavin, fructose, carotene, phosphorus, calcium, iron and other minerals. It's considered 'neutral' compared to wintermelon which has 'cooling' properties.



I actually cooked this soup last Thursday but had no time at all to blog about it and am finally doing so today!


Hairy cucumber soup

*Skip the dried scallop for tots below 18mths*


Ingredients:
  • 1 hairy cucumber
  • 250g pork ribs
  • 3 chicken breast bones
  • 1 dried scallop
  • 1 handful red dates (pitted)
  • fish sauce to taste
  • 1 soup pot water

Method:
  1. Blanch the pork ribs and chicken bones.
  2. Rinse and place dried scallop in a small soup bag.
  3. Remove the skin and seeds of the cucumber and chop into chunks.
  4. Place all the ingredients (except the hairy cucumber and fish sauce) into a pot.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few hours.
  6. Sieve out the bones and place everything else back into the soup, including the dried scallop.
  7. Add the hairy cucumber and boil for about 20min.
  8. Add fish sauce to taste before serving.

For toddler's consumption:
  • Skip the dried scallop for tots below 18mths
  • Cut hairy cucumber into small pieces before serving or allow the tot to bite off from the adult's portion since it's so soft! :)

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