Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Shanghainese Big Sprouts N Tomatoes Soup


This blog has been rather quiet recently, yes? Let's see what excuses I shall give. How about my replacement maid has gone to Tawau with her regular employer and I am too hassled with the housework to cook anything special? Here's another: Big son Ming's A-Level exams just started Monday and I'm too busy catering to him? The true reason? I am just to lazy to wash up without help. (Btw, I hate ironing! I have 4 days of clothes waiting to be ironed, and I am nearly reaching out for Prozac. Why doesn't someone come up with an ironing machine??) I will be posting simple everyday home dishes that require minimum preparation so bear with me until Vero comes back 'habis bulan'.

Ming is a soup person. If he comes to dinner and there's no soup, he gets very disappointed and it is terrible for me as a mother who wants to please and feed her brood especially when they are having their exams. He suffers from a dry throat, he tells me. So his potential wife just needs to cook soup soup soup. It doesn't have to be a fancy soup. He is happy with plain miso and seaweed soup. Today he wants his Shanghainese grandma's tomato and big bean sprouts soup with pork bones, boiled for hours until the meat falls off. Ha, what I really did was use a pressure cooker, that wonder pot. This is a tangy soup that is very refreshing especially if you have over-eaten recently. Try it.

Big Bean Sprouts N Tomatoes Soup
1 kg pork bones, cut into 5 cm pieces
400g ripe tomatoes, deseeded if like
3 bunches (about 400g) big bean sprouts*
1 piece thumb-sized fresh ginger, smashed
salt to taste

* These are soy bean sprouts, not the usual beans sprouts which are sprouted from mung beans. They are usually tied in bunches and soaked in water.

1. Blanch the pork bones with boiling water to remove smell and dirt; drain away the water. Cut tomatoes into large wedges. Tail and wash the sprouts.

2. Boil about 4 liters of water in a heavy pot and put all the ingredients in (except salt) and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. If using a pressure cooker, this only takes 30 to 40 minutes from the time the pot hisses. Season lightly with salt.


Precious Pea said...

I love big sprouts although I have never cook it at home. I couldn't remember where i read it before in a mag, if not mistaken, the sprout came from soya bean. Need to dig out the mag to clarify.

ekeng said...

Mmmmmm...this soup looks so special to me...I love tomato soup..especially tomatoes and eggs soup..u know da one??

Anonymous said...

The sprouts are almost as big as the noodles! And terrific shot too, Terri! Your food images are always 'delicious'.....

Anonymous said...

Soup looks good. Thanks for the recipe. Sam is a soup person too. Now I know what soup to have for tomorrow. :)

Denise ^ ChickyEGG said...

U remember last time i also suffer from Dry throat + dry cough + a bit difficult from breathing ( just little bit la)
I make this wolfberry soup, 7 days non stop drinking at nite, wow, the sickness is recovered!
1 handful of wolfberri + 4 red dates + 4 bulb dried longan + little bit rock sugar
but ur lovely boy case, I m not sure whether it works or not.

Babe_KL said...

the sprouts won't disintegrate under the pressure cooking??

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

pp: i just called a friend n she confirmed tt yes, the big sprouts r frm soy beans. thanks for informing me :)!

ekeng: hey, i was going to post tomatoes eggs soup. soon ok. hope u r well, miss ur posts.

junkgirl: i am very honored, coming frm u who take even better photos :)

raina: what if i post soup recipes everyday unitl ming's exam over? so easy for me...hey, next wed we meet up with the others?

denise: i will boil this drink right after this, thanks dear!

babekl: hi, welcome to this blog! no, these beans r super strong, not like these regular mung beans sprouts. give it a try?

Denise ^ ChickyEGG said...

o ok.. haha,
again red dates + longan a bit "heaty" (Chou) .. that's why really cannot put much, considering drinking everyday.

Jing said...

Thanks for the recipe. I would like to try it someday.

Anonymous said...

Good! I welcome all your soup recipes! Thx.

Anonymous said...

oohhh sounds good.must try soon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Terry,
May I translate your recipe into chinese so that I can post it in my yahoo blog?

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