Sunday, July 15, 2007

Dried Lotus Seed Soup

My mom used to cook this soup for us because it's a cooling soup for warm weather. She actually spotted this while shopping at the Asian grocery store in Denver (she was here during my confinement) and recommended me to get it. Now I look for it whenever I go shopping in Denver.

You can also buy each individual ingredient and make this soup yourself, which I did also. This soup consisted of dried pearl barley, dried lotus seed, dried lily bulbs, dried dioscoreae (wai san), dried foxnut and dried polygonatum (yuk chuk).

I boiled it with chicken drumsticks. For sweeter taste, you can use pork ribs or pork bones. I only used half packet of the barley because too much of it makes the soup muddy.

For those who lives in Denver area, you can buy it at VietHoa Supermarket for 50 cents each, cheap right?

Common Chinese Herbs Translation:
Rhozoma Dioscoreae (wai san)
Astragalus Root (pak kay)
Angelicae Radix (tong kwai)
Codonopsis Pilosula (tong sum)
Polygonatum (yuk chuk)
Panacis Ginseng Radix (ginseng, ren shen)
Fructus Lycii (kei chi)


Anonymous said...

At first I thought I have to look for a brand called "Little Corner of Mine" ....hahahha!
Hmmm... I want to look for one with dried pearl barley in it.:D

WokandSpoon said...

Thanks for posting the photo of the herbs! I don't really know how to cook with chinese herbs and never know what's in the packets! Now I'll know what to look for.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

Wow! Now I will have to look for it when I am shopping at VietHoa! Thanks GF!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this - brings back memories of my childhood in M'sia. My mom used to cook this soup for us. I'll look out for this the next time I go grocery shopping in Chinatown.

Little Corner of Mine said...

You're welcome ladies! Now all go and grab this cooling soup and cook for your family ya! :)

P/s the dried lily bulb that came in this package is very tiny, you can buy big one separately.

Peony said...

nowadays it is so much easier to make herbal soup as the herbs come pre-packed and with info to let u know what the soup is good for.

Anonymous said...

So I also bougth this soup package, but I do not know how long each of the ingredients have to cook!!
Could you please tell me?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Anon,
You cook everything together, not separately. Give all the herbs a light rinse, set aside. Boil a pot of water. When boiling, add in the pork bones/drumsticks. Dish out any inpurities that float on top. When boiling again, add in all the herbs/ingredients and turn the heat to low. Let it simmer for 3-4 hours. Add a pinch of salt and stir well before serving.