Malaysian/ Chinese Cuisine, Recipes, Soup, Vegetables

Watercress and Carrot Soup Recipe

Chinese soup is quite an essential dish in each of Asian family. A properly boiled soup with the right ingredients is well known for its nourishing properties.

Soup is a must have everyday in the Cantonese family. If you do watch Hong Kong drama a lot, you will sees that there will be a bowl of soup being served to each of the family members during dinner time. And sometimes the family members will request for a certain type of soup when they are stressed or unwell. Different types of soups are being boiled during different season and also to treat different types of illness and fatigue.

Even here in NZ, if you dine in at a Cantonese restaurant for dinner, you will be served a bowl of soup of the day once you had placed your orders. Sometimes the restaurant attendants may even go further by explaining the benefit of the soup served.

As for myself, I usually will try to boil soup 1 – 2 times per week. One of my comfort soup is watercress and carrot soup. It is a simple and easy soup to recreate at your home kitchen. However, it requires around 2 1/2 – 3 hours of slow simmering in order to allow all the nutrients from every ingredients to be extracted. Therefore, patience is the key to a nutritional soup.

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INGREDIENTS

(Serves 4-5)

1 chicken carcass
500g chinese watercress
1 carrot
10 dried figs
6 dried chinese red dates
1 tsp sweet almond
1 tsp bitter almond
3 litres water
Salt, to taste

STEPS 

1. Cut the carrot into triangular cubes.

2. Wash the dried figs, dates, bitter & sweet almonds and set aside.

3. Trim all the fats off the chicken carcass and rinse with water.

4. In a pot brings water to boil. Add in the chicken carcass and boil for 5 – 10 minutes. Drain the chicken carcass and set aside.

*I always boiled the chicken carcass first to remove all the scums and fats.

5. Add in all the ingredients into the pot and bring to boil on high heat.

6. Then turn the heat down to the lowest, and simmer the soup for 2 hours. Season with some salt and it’s ready.

Watercress and Carrot Soup Recipe

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 500g chinese watercress
  • 1 carrot
  • 10 dried figs
  • 6 dried chinese red dates
  • 1 tsp sweet almond
  • 1 tsp bitter almond
  • 3 litres water
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Cut the carrot into triangular cubes.
  2. Wash the dried figs, dates, bitter & sweet almonds and set aside.
  3. Trim all the fats off the chicken carcass and rinse with water.
  4. In a pot brings water to boil. Add in the chicken carcass and boil for 5 – 10 minutes. Drain the chicken carcass and set aside.
  5. Add in all the ingredients into the pot and bring to boil on high heat.
  6. Then turn the heat down to the lowest, and simmer the soup for 2 hours. Season with some salt and it’s ready.
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