Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts | Ling Ngau Tong | 莲藕汤 [Nyonya Cooking]

Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts | Ling Ngau Tong | 莲藕汤 [Nyonya Cooking]

October 30, 2019 100 By William Morgan


Hi guys, welcome once again to Nyonya Cooking!
Chinese New Year is approaching
For Chinese families,
it is very important to have a bowl of soup
to complete the dinner
Today, I’m going to show you
how to prepare
‘Lotus root soup with peanuts’
This soup is delicious
It’s healthy and simple to prepare as well
It’s significant for the Chinese New Year
Now, let me show you the ingredients
I’m going to explain to you
why this soup is significant
for the Chinese New Year
For this recipe,
I’m using one litre of water
For the soup base,
I have some pork ribs
If you do not take pork
or prefers different type of meat
like chicken or my favourite, anchovies
just use it
It’s fine
Normally, for this soup,
we usually use pork
Just to add some flavours
to the soup base,
I’m also using 2 pieces of dried squids
To add some sweetness,
we have some red dates here
Remember to remove the seeds
Now, we move on to the star ingredients
of the soup
That is the peanuts which represents wealth
and lotus roots which represents abundance
That is why this soup
is always very popular
during Chinese New Year
Now, let’s begin cooking
We’ll start by boiling this pot of water
I have the pork ribs here
Using just a bit of hot water,
I’m going to rinse these pork ribs
After a few seconds,
we’re going to pour the water away
As for the lotus roots,
this is what I am going to do
I’m just going to cut them into slices
I will usually cut the skin away
because there is still some dirt
I find it easier to cut the skin away
when they are in small slices like this
as the lotus roots have weird and awkward shapes,
It’s usually very difficult to cut the skin away
I usually cut them into little slices first
and then work on them
Just soak them in a bowl of water
and give them a quick rinse
Finally, the water is starting to boil
Using chopsticks, I’m going to put the pork in
followed by the dried squids
along with the red dates
to add some sweetness
and peanuts for wealth,
lots of wealth
and of course, abundance
by adding the lotus roots
There you go
After this, there is really nothing much to do
We’re going to let this boil
Once it starts boiling,
we’re going to lower the heat
and let it simmer
for at least one and a half to three hours
It’s really up to you
I like to boil my soup
for at least about two and a half hours
because by then, the soup will be really infused
with the sweetness of the pork ribs
and the saltiness of the dried squids
Hmmm… so nice
Especially when the weather is so cold
right now in Germany,
this bowl of soup is really delicious
It’s marvelous
I’m going to let it simmer for two hours, at least
Then, I’ll come back
and show you how it is like later
It’s already two and a half hours
and the soup is ready
While boiling the soup,
you may taste it from time to time
If you find that it’s not salty enough
for your liking,
feel free to add some salt
However, try to cut down on the salt
because the dried squids
already have some saltiness in them
So, let’s look at the soup now
I have a very delicious bowl
of lotus root and peanuts soup
I can’t wait to dig in
It’s really cold at the moment here in Germany
So, let’s try
Let’s take a sniff first
I can smell the peanuts in the soup
Quite strong
Hmmm…..
It’s so comforting to have a nice bowl of soup
especially when it has so many different
kinds of ingredients like peanuts,
pork together with these red dates
which carry some sweetness
It’s just so soothing,
reminds me of home
I’m going to finish my bowl of soup here
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Till the next video,
I wish you
a very happy Chinese New Year
and happy cooking!