Monday, September 14, 2009

Pumpkin, Carrot & Corn Chinese Soup in a Pack

One of the beauties of living in Hong Kong....apart from...
- HK$10 wonton noodle
- Coffee shop whole day breakfasts
- In some places, food being smashed on your table delivered to you within seconds after you uttered your orders
- HK$18 BBQ pork lunch boxes
Chinese Soup in A Pack

The locals drink their Chinese soup religiously.
Each soup has its own health benefits such quoted the locals:
- good for skin
- good for the heart
- good for heat
- good for cold
- good for health
good good good...I wonder if they have some soups that's good for love/good for career/good for the economy?

My knowledge about Chinese soup is...nonexistent.
I don't know which ingredient goes with what, and I don't know which soup is good for what.
I might have been drinking soup which is "good for gentlemen"...since I seem to have grown quite a lot of moustache these days. Oppps. (No, Rita. Don't blame it on the soup. You've had moustache

Anyway, based on my Chinese soup related cluelessness, soup in a pack is my best bet.

Last weekend I've chosen...
Pumpkin, Carrot and Corn Soup Pack

It's a Chinese soup combo that I haven't seen before, and despite the persistent scorching heat, autumn is coming, so something with pumpkin sounds perfect.

I just grabbed a pack, it costs HK$18.50 (around USD2.3), it has all the necessary ingredients for the soup. I've added another pack of pork tenderloin too.

...and it doesn't get easier than this.
Simply dump everything into a pot (an impatient bitch that I am, I used a pressure cooker ^_^), add boiling water, bring to boil and simmer for about 1 hour.

Since I use a pressure cooker, I could've been drinking a bowl of soup after just 15 minutes.
But I want everything richer, sweeter, thicker, and tender, so I cooked my soup for 25 minutes. For pressure cooking vegetables, that's like...forever!

See my darling cooker blowing off steams?

That promises deliciousness.!
The soup is naturally sweet from all the sweet ingredients with a touch of meatiness from the pork tenderloin, I simply added a bit of salt to make everything perfectly balanced.

Yum!...and the meat? Melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Now back to the most important issue again. Does anyone know any soup that can make me richer, slimmer, prettier, and also smarter?
(Note to self: Chinese soups can only do so much, not the impossible)


Anonymous said...

I like the way you think hee hee. I want the food NOW I say :P!!

Livvy said...

Hahahaha... when you found that potent recipe don't forget to post it/them hahahaha... you should try wth fish bones... those big fish type and put them into the herbs bag... lighter taste and equally yummy (my attempt to remain slim ;p)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Haha, I would love to have the recipe of such a Chinese soup too! Your soup sounds refreshing and sweet.

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

We have those soup packs here too! Tried it a couple of times. But, we're not so religious when it comes to soup-drinking like the Cantonese. Besides, we're not too familiar with those Cantonese soups as well! Maybe we'll try a pack again soon.

Screamin' Mama said...

Delicious! I could use some homemade soup right now!

Cakelaw said...

LOL - nothing like being given a little help. We have soup packs in the supermarkets here too, but I have never bought them ('cause I never make soup!).

Claudinette said...

I want some NOW. Humm :)

KennyT said...

I want to try this pumpkin soup! I have tried the papaya version though, hehehe.

Mustache? Do you need any recommendation on shaving gel? hahahahahaha

Angie Yip said...

Wow that looks impressive! Can i ask about your experience with the pressure cooker? I've been eyeing one for a long time but some people claims that the food/soup does not taste as good if cooked the conventional way. Any tips on what to look out for when getting one? Thanks thanks :)

tigerfish said...

I also believe in the "everything good" Chinese soup! Had many rounds of them lately :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks for all the nice comments you guysss...

hi angie, i love using pressure cooker, it works wonders shortening cooking time, such as braising beef brisket or oxtail...
with regards to affecting the flavors...hmm even sous chef's father won't accept soup cooked using pressure cooker. he claimed that it is just not the same as cooking/stewing/braising for hours.
Surely, there's a bit of difference, but i think it's totally worth it. Use the pressure cooker mainly to soften the meat, and let the juices cook uncovered for a while to reduce/intensify.
I am using the most basic and smallest pressure cooker from Tefal.
Go go go and get a pressure cooker, you'll love it.

Angie Yip said...

Thanks for the advice Rita!! Will seriously shop for one now :)

Anonymous said...

I heard Cantonese people are famous for their soup. Do you have any nutritious Cantonese soup recipe you can share with me? :)( not the one from the pack!)...

Mochachocolata Rita said...

roossy, there are many in packs, but if you wanna buy separately, you surely can.

the simplest combos that i know are:
1. large carrot + corn + green radish + chicken/pork
2. winter melon + pork + dried octopus (optional)

i'll share more after i learn more combos ^_^