have you ever had this nagging feeling of what to cook whenever a festive season is around the corner? what mood do i want to create? i want it to be different but not too overwhelming for my guests....who am i inviting? what is the occasion? are they adults or children? big eaters or mousy eaters? well there is room for everyone... read on.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Chap Chye T'ng (Clear Mix Vegetable Soup)

Another refreshing soup for another hot humid day. The title speaks all, vegetable, vegetable and more vegetables! Soup base is pork shoulder and fried cuttlefish boiled in a stock pot with a piece of ginger and some crushed peppercorns. Simmer on slow heat till pork shoulder is tender (approx. 1 hour). Fish it out and set aside to cool. Will be used as soup meat later. 2 litres filtered water 400 pork shoulder (whole piece) 2 small dried cuttlefish (washed and scalded with hot water) 1 inch ginger (smashed) 1/2 tsp peppercorns (crushed)

1 medium size carrot (sliced into a flowers) 300 gm yambean (sengkuang) sliced into squares 6 dried shiitake mushrooms (soaked and quartered) 300 gm cabbage (torn into small pieces)

When soup is ready, add carrots and mushrooms and boil for 5 minutes before adding the yambean and cabbage. Salt to taste. Sliced some soup meat and serve together with the vegetables. Drizzle some garlic oil before serving.

Note : As for the garlic oil, heat olive oil in a pan and pour in some chopped garlic. Saute garlic until aromatic and slightly brown. Set aside to cool and can be used as garnish in soups, congee, blanche vegetables, steam fish, etc.


  • now that is a sight indeed for the soup-starved Cantonese that I am... I also love the addition of the dried cuttlefish, makes the soup really sweet (as in the umami-taste). By the way, first time, I've seen sengkuang used in soup.. how interesting!

  • Cath, u may also use a slow cooker for this soup, just add the veg when u come home from a hard day's work.

  • Delicious!!!

  • Yum! Btw, I saw in the newstands, there is a new soup cookbook from the Famous Cuisine people. Looks interesting and is called Soup of the Day.

  • thanks for letting me know boo, the weather has been so dry and hot, soup is now an everyday affair.

  • hi audrey, the soup looks really yummy and flavorful! ought to give a try some day :p thx for sharing the recipe!


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