A Chinese soup best enjoyed as a naturally sweet, hearty and comforting stew of tender pork ribs with water chestnuts, carrots, dried figs and red dates in a rich broth.
An easy, simple Chinese water chestnut soup stewed with sweet carrots and tender pork ribs makes for an extremely easy, healthy and highly nutritious meal.
If you’ve followed my posts, you’ll know that I recently used a couple of water chestnuts in making a classic Chinese savoury dish of steamed minced pork patties with water chestnut.
I had a whole bunch water chestnuts, so what to do with the rest? Soups are the best way to finish them up! In fact the more you throw into your soup, the sweeter it’ll be!
This is one of those Chinese soups that is best enjoyed as a naturally sweet, hearty and comforting stew. The water chestnut perfectly retains its crunch, sweetness and texture, even after hours of stewing.
This soup is very flavourful, with the added sweetness of carrots, dried figs and red dates. And if you’ve got home-made meat stock or broth that needs to be used up, it’s perfect for this soup’s base. You’ll be rewarded with deliciousness that’s off the charts!
If you follow traditional Chinese medicinal theory, you’ll know that the water chestnut is considered to have cooling properties. Drinking its juice can bring down body temperature.
It is particularly valued as a medicinal ingredient for its ability to alleviate nausea, improve appetite, and relieve cough. It also possesses detoxifying properties. Water chestnut is extremely nutrient-rich with a high concentration of the essential mineral, potassium.
With all that goodness and nutritiousness, I sincerely hope you’ll make this a regular soup for yourself and your family!
Here are more Chinese soup recipes you might enjoy:
- Lotus Root with Old Cucumber Soup
- Pumpkin with Tomato and Pork Ribs Soup
- Fresh Chinese Yam with Carrot and Chicken Soup
- Winter Melon with Barley Soup
- Daikon Radish with Chuan Bei Soup
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