Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lotus root and pork bone soup

1 fresh lotus root sliced
3 large pieces of pork bones
2 tbsp boxthorn fruit washed and drained
12 red dates
800 ml water (for stock)
Salt & pepper

Blanch pork bones in boiling water to remove the scum.
Put the dates and boxthorn fruit into the boiling stock.
Add the pork bones and salt.
Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour
Add the lotus root and simmer for another 1 hour.
Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

neutral, sweet, obstructive; affects the heart, spleen and kidneys.

Nutrients found in the root: Vitamins B and C, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese, dietary and protein rich in asparagine.

Its’ primary uses are mainly to:
Increase the body’s immune system and protect against cancer
Suppress fever because of its’ antibacterial properties
Stop bleeding
Break down toxins such as ammonia residues that causes gout

Caution: Never deep fry the root as the asparagine can be converted into toxic acrylamide residues.

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