Lotus Root Soup with Pueraria Thomsonii (莲藕粉葛汤)

lotus root soup

Lotus root and Pueraria thomsonii are very nutritious and you can simply imagine the goodness of the soup brewed with both of them!

Here’s some information about lotus roots (click here for image) and Pueraria thomsonii (click here for image):

[Lotus roots] stops diarrhea, clears Heat and improves appetite. Lotus roots contain much iron, vitamins B & C. The rich fibre content of lotus roots stimulates peristalsis and relieves constipation. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of lotus root juice a day can stop bleeding of the esophagus an stomach (vomiting blood); bleeding of the rectum, intestines or stomach (blood in feces); nose bleeding or gum bleeding. Lotus root soup also serves similar purposes. Patients with high fever can drink it cold, while those with steady temperature should drink it warm.

~~ information extracted from here

If you are Chinese-literate, you can read this for more information about Pueraria thomsonii.

Lotus Root Soup with Pueraria Thomsonii (莲藕粉葛汤)
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Serves: 4
  • 250g lotus root (莲藕 ) or 2-3 segments of a lotus root
  • 250g Pueraria thomsonii (粉葛 - fen ge)
  • 8-10 dried red dates (红枣), soaked and pitted
  • 250g pork ribs
  • 3 chicken breast bones/ chicken carcass
  • 2-3 litres of water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Remove the skin of the lotus root and Pueraria thomsonii and cut into slices and chunks respectively.
  2. Place pork ribs and chicken bones in a pot of water (enough water to cover the bones) and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Discard the water (which should be full of scum and impurities) and place the pork ribs and chicken bones into a soup bag together with the red dates and candied date (optional).
  4. Put all the ingredients into a soup pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer on low heat for at least 2 hours.
  6. Add salt to taste and serve.

I added salt to our portion and saved the rest as stock to cook Alicia’s porridge. I used it to cook her porridge last night and she managed to accept the new taste in the porridge! 😀 Hopefully it isn’t just a one-off performance!

For toddler’s consumption:

  • You can serve this as a soup to the toddler too instead of using it as a stock for cooking porridge. 🙂
  • If the child finds the lotus root too hard, you can shred it into strips.

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