Saturday, February 23, 2013

Burdock Root Soup

To tell you the truth, I have never cooked burdock root before. Honestly, never ever. Not even once though I have seen this long stick kinda thick root in supermarkets. There's been moments I was so close in buying, then again, I didn't have any clue whatsoever what I should do with it or how to go about cooking it. On this particular day, I asked the Chinese lady (Hakka Noodles, Teochew Steamed Fish, Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish, Egg Foo Young, Sichuan Chilli Prawns & Yong Tau Foo) who was standing beside me at the hypermarket and picking one of the roots. Some exchange of good ideas, she telling me I can use it for making soups. Alright. Game on. Back home, I got down to cooking and I actually made a vegetarian (Chinese Vegetarian Winter Melon Soup, Chinese Tofu SoupChinese Vegetarian Noodle Soup & Vegetarian Chow Mein), and nutritious Burdock Root Soup. Not bad. In fact I must say a winner. All about showcasing those other Chinese ingredients I already had at home for the birth of this delicious Burdock Root Soup. Ohlalala!! Burdock root, wolfberries/kei chi, black fungus, fucuk/dried soy sheets, vegetable stock and garlic, garnished with spring onion (Tea Eggs, Chick Kut Teh, Chap Chai & Wanton Soup).

1 stick (about 200g) burdock root - wash, remove the skin and slice into medium size pieces
50g kei chi - soak to soften
4-5 pieces Chinese black fungus - soak to soften and slice
1 sheet of fucuk/dried soy sheets - soak and tear into large pieces
1/2 litre vegetable stock
Spring onion as needed - slice thinly
5 garlic - smashed
Few drops of sesame oil
Salt to taste

Simmer garlic, sliced roots and vegetable stock to soften the roots. 
Add kei chi, fungus and fucuk.
Simmer for another 5 mins and off the heat.
Before serving, garnish with spring onion and drizzle sesame oil.


  1. I think you come up with great recipes every time. This looks like a perfect healthy soup.

  2. NK, this is so new to me! I don't even know what Kechi is! Must check out the ingredients online and try it!

  3. I'm drooling ms.nava!! i love soup!! and this soup is a must try for me.. :)

    thank u for sharing...

  4. Blank or not, your creativity never seems to leave you my friend, this looks delicious :D


  5. Kei Chi is very good. Can make Kei Chi Jelly also

  6. This is a lovely soup. A neutral soup that suits most people!


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