Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bitter gourd soup

A very cooling soup because of the bitter gourd therefore is not suitable for confinement















1 large bitter gourd
3 pieces of salted fish bones
1 block taufu
1 piece of pork belly (boil whole and sliced after it is cooked)
1 piece of ginger to reduce the cooling effect if required












Description: cooling

According to Asian beliefs, food that is bitter is used to reduce heatiness in the body. It is rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene and lutene)which protects us from viral infection and reduce the risk of cataracts. The vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) helps maintain youthfulness and proper breathing which is why the Chinese drink this soup on hot days to combat sore throat and flu.Cooking with ginger and meat can reduce or neutralise the cooling effects. The small bitter gourd is not really suitable for cooking soup. It is best for juicing (good for controlling diabetes) or frying.











Contra-indications

Not suitable for people with low blood pressure, kidney problems and those who always feel cold.

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