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Arrowroot ~ 'Fun Kot' soup




Arrowroot comes from the root of a large, leafy plant that is native to Central and South America and the Caribbean.  It is also found in other tropical regions such as South East Asia, South Africa, Australia and Florida.
Although bland in taste, Arrowroot contains calcium and carbohydrates and other nutrients, primarily used for its soothing benefit and its effect in dealing with diarrhoea.  It is also used in the kitchen to thicken soups, sauces or as an ingredient in some recipes for biscuits.  Vegetarians use it instead of eggs in bread and desserts.

Now back to this soup.............  Arrowroot soup or in Cantonese 'Fun Kot' soup with 'Loh Kai Por' literally translated to mean 'Old Mother Hen'.  Poor chicks, once their 'reproductive' cycle have expired, they'll land in the cooking pot!


A piece of Arrowroot cut into half, some wolfberries - 'Kei Chi', some 'Hoi Chook' and red dates.






Do remove the 'oil slick' from the soup as the 'star' ingredient has been accumulating oil and fat over the years, but nevertheless the soup is indeed tasty!

Ingredients
  • 650 gm Arrowroot ~ 'Fun Kot'.
  • 11 cups of water
  • 20 gm red dates, seeded
  • 10 gm wolfberries ~ 'Kei Chi'
  • 10 gm Hoi Chook
  • 1 mother hen, about 500 gm, cut into chunks
  • Salt to taste
Preparation
  1. Cut off the skin of the arrowroot, wash and cut the arrowroot into cubes.
  2. Heat up some water in a pot and blanch the chciken pieces for a few minutes in the hot water.  Remove and rinse in running water, drain.
  3. Boil the 11 cups of water with the arrowroot, red dates, wolfberries and hoi chook.
  4. Once the soup is boiling, add in the chicken pieces, boil under medium heat.
  5. Adjust to low heat and simmer the soup for 3 hours.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Serve hot.

Comments

  1. I like to cook this soup too, but i add lotus, next time must try this way. I heard this also good for skin complexion, so drink more lar, hehehe..

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  2. I doubt I had this before. Will try it out.

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  3. Oh I love this kind of soup very much too. I like the smell of it. But arrowroot is quite pricy huh! Hope you'll have a great weekend.
    Regards, Kristy
    p/s any meet up going there?

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  4. Cheah...I love this soup too...lots of goodness in it and tasty too!

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  5. I like deep fried arrowroot and in soups too!

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  6. Sonia
    Yes heard something like that, so make more of this soup.

    penny
    Do try it, it's tasty.

    Kristy
    You have a nice weekend too!

    Elin
    Drink more if you want a more beautiful you!

    pigpigscorner
    Never had it deep fried before, would love to try. Are you referring to the ones during CNY?

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  7. can somebody tell me what Hoi Chook in chinese

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