Recipe: Moisturizing Asian Pears Herbal Soup with Dried Figs
Recipe type: Soup, Herbal Soup
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Serves: 8
This is a moisturizing soup that nourishes the lungs and relieves dry coughs and dry throat. It is a perfect drink for the cold or hot summer seasons. A vegetarian version of this soup can also be made by omitting the pork from this recipe. Use instead 1 or 2 more dried figs, and/or add honey after cooking to sweeten this soup.
  1. Boil a small pot of water to blanch the meat. In the meanwhile, cut the pork to 2 inch chunks. When the water boils, add the pork in. Blanch, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a separate large clay pot**, boil 10 cups of water.
  3. Rinse and soak all ingredients for 5 minutes except for the pears, dried figs, and Chinese yam. Cut the softened white fungus to ½ inch pieces.
  4. When the soup water boils, add the blanched pork and all ingredients except for the pears. Cover and cook on high heat until the liquid bubbles. Reduce the heat to Low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, wash, core, and cut the pears to quarters. After the 30 minutes, add the pear quarters in. Cover and simmer for another 2 hours. When done, turn off the heat, season with salt (or honey if making vegetarian version) as desired. Serve hot.
* Ya Li Pear is the variety traditionally used with this soup. If you cannot find this pear, other types of Asian pears can be used although the sweetness and flavor may be slightly different. ** Always use clay or stoneware to cook herbs. Metal will react with some herbs.
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