Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chinese Lotus Root Barley Soup

Pork Bones-600g
Lotus Root-600g
Chinese Barley-50g
Red Dates-12 pcs
Green Onion-2
Ginger-3-4 slices

Normally after I buy the green onions, I wash and chop them into chunks. Store them in the freezer. Whenever I need them, I just take them out.

Seasoning Ingredients:
Rice Wine-2 big teaspoons
Salt-1 teaspoon

1. Soak the barley overnight
2.Chop the green onion into chunks
3.Wash red dates
4. Peel the skin of the lotus roots and wash them. Chop them into thin slices.

5. Boil a pot of hot water and cook the pork bones. When the pork bones change colour, take them out. Rinse them with water. (Cleaning process)

6. Cook the 2500cc water. When it's boiling, add green onion and ginger. (Make sure the water level can cover all the ingredients.)
7. Add pork bones, barely, red dates and lotus roots.
8. Cook them with high heat until they start to bubble. Turn to medium low heat. Cover the lid and cook for 1 hr or until the pork bones are soft.

*Benefits of this soup:
1. Red dates help to strengthen the functions of heart and lung, as well as nourish the stomach and spleen.

2. Lotus root is a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese, and a very good source of vitamin C.

3. Barely helps you maintain your overall health in the long term. These whole grains are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids essential for our health. More importantly, barley is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

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