Sunday, September 04, 2005

Traditional Soup - My Comfort Food

Still recovering from my recent bout of flu, I decided this evening to cook my favourite soup comprising soft-boned pork ribs, carrots, corn on the cob and dried scallops (for that extra oomph). Traditional Chinese-styled simmered and double-boiled soups are my comfort food especially when the body is in need of some replenishment in one area or another. After two hours of simmering on low heat, all the goodness of the ingredients will have been incorporated into the soup for easy digestion and absorption by the body. To make the meal a little bit more substantial, I added in mee-sua (thin wheat noodles) as shown in the picture.

Pork Ribs Soup
Nutritional ingredients of this particular soup:
  • pork ribs - rich in protein, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B - helps in the development and strengthening of bones and muscles
  • dried scallops (conpoy) (kong-yee-chi, in Cantonese) - are generally used for flavoring, imparting a unique sweet flavor to the soup - rich in amino acids, and minerals such as calcium and zinc
  • carrots and corn on the cob - apart from their obvious nutritional value, these two vegetables add sweetness to the soup
  • by the way, apparently carrots are more nutritious eaten cooked than when eaten raw (except when they are juiced) - because of their tough cellular walls, it is more difficult for the body to convert its beta carotene into vitamin A unless the cellular cell membranes are partially broken up by cooking (food for thought when munching the next carrot-stick in another attempt to diet)


Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

Hmm.... i thought chicken soup with a lil ginger will be good to clear ur flu. Havent tried pork rib soup yet. Guess, mother's know best.

Get well soon

9/05/2005 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous gwenda said...

sigh i wish someone was here to boil such soups for me... :( thanks for the nuggets of nutrtional info, i never knew carrots are better consumed cooked!

9/05/2005 05:52:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi foodcrazee - thanks for the well wishes, chicken soup is good too, in fact will be doing a pot of that soon..

hi gwenda - I know the feeling, wish my mum were here too doing when I was feeling a little under the weather - really must start teaching hubby some tricks around the kitchen...

9/06/2005 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger boo_licious said...

Yum, I love soup and they do remind me of home as my mother used to cook them all the time for me.

9/06/2005 07:23:00 PM  
Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

hello eatzycath ,

Betcha my wife will love to say that. She cant as i normally is the one who cooks. Anyway, try to use ginger juice instead of the whole ginger in order for u to gauge the amt needed. u can add them last.

Get well soon

9/06/2005 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger eatzycath said...

hi boo - methinks chinese soup is the best accompaniment to any chinese meal, and that's a Cantonese speaking thru' and thru'.

hi foodcrazee - lucky wife you have :)

9/07/2005 12:47:00 AM  

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