Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bok Choy and Wolfberry Soup | 14 comments:



The Wolfberry fruit is a red-orange berry, part of the tomato and chilli pepper family.  Also known as Goji or Chinese Wolfberries, they are grown in the north west part of China.  Good quality wolfberries has a natural red colour, is in good shape and do not stick together.  They are mostly sold in dried form, usually consumed after cooking or chewed like raisins.  The Chinese use them in dishes, soups or boiled as a tea.

The berries are believed to be high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins B1, B6, C and E.  They can help reduce the risk of kidney and liver conditions, strengthen teeth and bones, relieve certain eye conditions like cataract, retinopathy and help slow down the process of premature aging.

Wolfberry is not for treating diseases, instead its main health benefit is to nourish our body and the following soup recipe is indeed refreshing and nourishing.



wolfberries or goji, bok choy, beancurd sheet and chicken stock make up this nourishing soup





Recipe for Bok Choy and Wolfberry Soup aka 'Seong Tong Lye Pak'

Ingredients
250 gm Chicken frame
250 gm Lye Pak Choy
10 gm wolfberries - washed and set aside
120 gm Beancurd sheet
5 cups water
Salt to taste

Preparation
Boil the chicken frame with 5 cups of water
for about 1 hour, to make stock
Soak the beancurd sheets for a while
Cut into 2.1/2 inch lengths
Add into the soup when it's boiling
Also add in the pak choy
Cook the beancurd sheets till soft
but not disintegrated
The vegetable needs to be only threequarters cooked
Add salt to taste
Turn off heat
Toss in the washed wolfberries
Dish out into a bowl
Serve hot


Note :  Get the beancurd sheets for soup and not for 'tong sui', dessert.
            Beancurd sheets for 'tong sui' tend to disintegrate easily.

If wolfberries are boiled, they will taste sour,
so add them in after the heat is turned off.


14 comments:

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  1. This sounds delicious and so healthy with wolfberries! I recently put wolfberries in a blended carrot soup, but I love the idea of whole berries in the soup - so yummy!

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  2. mmmm....another simple soup that I would love to go with rice. At this time when the weather is so cold, any soup will be greatly welcome. I'm cooking soup everyday. Feels so good to drink them.

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  3. 5 Star Foodie
    Yes, this clear soup is healthy, can just have it on its own.

    Danielle
    Yup, nowadays, healthy is the word!

    MaryMoh
    No need to go with rice, I can have at least 2 servings of this, and 'foo chook', the beancurd sheet is one of my favourites.

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  4. Simple dishes are the best. I love soups and this one is just full of goodness from the ingredients you've used. Sounds like daddy's cooking again. :)

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  5. What I like about this recipe was the additional of beancrud sheet! I'll be full with just one bowl of this. I've very small belly. hehe...

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  6. Another lovely home cook soup. I miss mom now :(

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  7. We have soup daily. Will definitely try this out. Thanks

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  8. yum, i would love to cook this soup right now to help keep colds away. great use of the wolfberry!

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  9. Divina
    It's simple and quick to whip up too. Home cooking.

    My Little Space
    Ya, beancurd sheet is my favourite, like to chew it.

    Penny
    Nostalgic? Mom's cooking is still the best.

    rotterdam icon
    Oh, do try this, quick job.

    Brie: Le Grand Fromage
    Take it hot, Wolfberry is so full of goodness.

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  12. Where can i find these wolfberry? Tesco?

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    1. You can find this in the Chinese medical shops. 'Kei chi' in Chinese. I'm not sure whether you can get this from Tesco.

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