If you are looking for an easy soup recipe that doesn’t cost your wallet a fortune, here is a delicious budget soup I love. The inexpensive but healthy main ingredients are cilantro, tofu, preserved egg, and pork. All of the ingredients can be bought at a local Asian grocery store. And if you want more savory umami taste, add a few dried oysters to the soup.
This soup is known to release excess heat in Chinese medicine terms. Cilantro, preserved eggs, and dried oysters are foods known to have a cooling nature. Cilantro is also known to have detoxifying effects. Hence, this soup is excellent for those who are heaty. Some physical signs of excess heat in the body include: sore throat, nosebleeds, constipation, mucus and phlegm that are thick, yellow, or green. (Yeah, disgusting! So relieve yourself with this Cilantro Tofu and Preserved Egg Soup.)
- 12 cups of water
- 1.5 lbs of pork meat, marinaded with only salt for an hour and cubed to small pieces
- 1 bunch of cilantro, washed
- 1 lb of soft tofu, cubed
- 1 preserved egg, halved then cut into quarter slices
- 1″ of ginger, sliced
- 3 dried oysters (optional for additional flavor)
- Boil the water in a large pot. Add ginger, marinaded pork cubes, and dried oysters.
- Bring the pot back to a boil, then turn the heat low. Set the timer for 1 hour of boiling.
- Add the preserved egg slices. Boil on low heat for 25 minutes.
- Add the cilantro and boil on high heat until the soup bubbles. Lower the heat and boil for another 15 minutes.
- Add the soft tofu and boil the soup for 5 more minutes, or until the soup is bubbling again. Turn off heat. Serve.