A few months have passed and I finally finished my course. So glad to have more time to post lunch box recipes from now on!
Well, to continue where I have left off, I will be sharing a very nutritious soup recipe made from burdock root. You may have seen burdock root at the grocer’s but never know it can actually be cooked into such a delicious soup.
But appearances are deceptive and beneath it, the goodness of burdock can be plentiful. See this article if you are keen to find out more information about Burdock.
Ingredients (Serves about 4-5 adults)
- 1 Burdock root (about 30 cm long), peeled, washed and cut into small pieces
- 200 g boneless pork loin, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons wolfberries
- 8 dried honey red dates
- 6-8 cloves of garlic with skin intact
- 3 litres of water
Step 1: First bring the water in the stockpot to a boil.
Step 2: Place the pork loin pieces in a separate bowl. When the water has boiled, scoop some water over to scald the pork loin. This is an important step as scalding will remove the remaining traces of blood on the pork. You will notice a layer of “scum” floating on the surface and will be glad that you have skimmed it off before putting these pork in the actual soup! Yikes.
Step 3: Drain the pork pieces before transferring it back into the stockpot. Put in the rest of the ingredients. Aren’t the colors beautiful?
Step 4: Bring the water to a boil again at high heat. When it has boiled, lower to small heat and allow the soup to simmer for 2.5 hours.
Step 5: After 2.5 hours, the soup should have turned a really nice flavorful reddish orange color and the water level should have dropped to about 2/3 of its original level.
Step 6: Add salt (about 1 teaspoon) and a dash of pepper to taste. Mix well. Turn off the heat.
Step 7: Serve soup hot and ladle them straight into the lunch jar if you intend to bring them out to keep them as warm as possible.
How does this look?
For those who have not eaten burdock before, I would say it taste somewhat like potato, but less starchy. In fact, the first time my mom cooked it, she tricked me into thinking that it was potato and I didn’t suspect a thing. Haha. So much so for my ignorance then!
This soup recipe can also be an all-in-one meal if you are not fussy. Just bring some cooked rice to go along with it for a simple, yet satisfying lunch.