Gobo or burdock root has many health benefits. It is low in calories and contains a fair amount of fiber, calcium, amino acids and potassium, to list a few. It has been used traditionally as a medicinal herbs to treat many ailments. Said to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, disease prevention, blood purification and mild laxative. It can be eaten raw, stir-fry or boil in soup. I did a stir-fried version here. But I found it quite fibrous and not as suitable for young children.
You can read more about burdock root at wiki. I want to make it a habit of drinking this soup at least once a month.
I got this gobo at my Asian market here for 70 cents. I thought it's pretty reasonable but I had no idea whether it's cheaper at other Asian markets since this was the second time I bought this. But I have a very bad habit, I don't compare prices when I shop for Asian vegetable, I just buy whatever vegetable that look fresher and would last through a week in my refrigerator. If you ask me how much are the prices of broccoli, green bean, asparagus, celery, cabbage, brussels sprout, onion, carrot, cauliflower per lb when on sales, I would be able to tell you. But none of the Asian vegetables I could tell as I don't look at the price, I just grab and in the cart it goes. Anyone of you behave the same way?
My version of gobo soup, I added carrot, honey and red dates to increase the sweetness of this soup. This soup is naturally sweet, just a little bit of salt to complete it.
- 1 gobo/ burdock root (~0.52lb), peel and cut into 1.5 inch, soak in water until ready to use
- 3 chicken drumsticks, rinse
- 2 organic carrots, peel and cut into 1.5 inch
- 2 honey dates, rinse
- 8-10 red dates, rinse
- 1/8 cup wolfberries/gojiberries/ ke chi, rinse
- 1.5 l/ 50 ounces filtered water
- Season to taste with iodized salt
1. In a large saucepan, add in filtered water and let it boil.
2. When boiling, add in drumsticks. Scoop out as much impurities as you can.
3. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Turn the heat to low and simmer for at least 3 hours.
4. Season to taste with salt before serving.