Easy and delicious
We love Chinese soup because it is so easy to cook (just dump everything into the pot). You get everything – protein, fibre and carbs from the meat and vegetables. In fact, our typical dinner comprises a bowl of soup, stir-fry vegetables and rice.
We like to boil our soup using pressure cooker as it only takes around 20 minutes to yield the most flavourful soup and tender meat. Of course, you could boil these on the stove-top (over high heat for 3-4 hours) or slow cook for 6-8 hours (over low heat).
We absolutely love lotus root. It is not only rich in fibre but is full of nutrition – such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, iron, potassium, thiamin, and zinc. It contains fibre and complex carbohydrates as well – which help to regulate cholesterol and blood sugar, and improve digestion.
Are you nuts?
Our lotus root recipe is simple. We love adding peanuts for extra protein and fibre. We also eschew dried seafood – i.e. cuttlefish and mussels – as we like the pure flavours of the lotus root and peanuts. However, we do add goji berries and red dates for sweetness and more nutrients. Sometimes, we like to add carrots.
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Lotus root peanut soup [Pressure cooker recipe]Course: Lunch, DinnerCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Super delicious and nutritious lotus root peanut soup.
600g lotus root, skins removed and cut into chunks
8 red dates
1.5 tbsp goji berries
3-4 tbsp peanuts
Salt and pepper to taste
1.2 litre water
800g-1kg chicken parts with bones (or pork ribs or pork soup bone)
- Clean chicken thoroughly. Peel skin of lotus root and cut into chunks.
- Place chicken, lotus root, peanuts, goji berries and red dates into pressure cooker pot. Add 2-3 tsp of salt and dash of pepper. Add 1.2-litre of water or until it just covers the ingredients.
- Seal and pressure cook for 20 minutes. Allow for the pressure cooker to naturally release the pressure if possible.
- Taste and add salt if needed. Serve!