Saturday, June 26, 2010

Lean Pork Soup with Arrowroot(Kudzu) and Octopus 粉葛章鱼瘦肉汤

It took me almost two and a half years to reach 100,000 hits.
But after that only 3 months to another 100,000 and I reached 200,000 hits yesterday.
Really surprising.

I only tried submitting to food sites, like tastespotting or foodgawker since last month, and boy, my hits really flew faster. Sometimes up to 5000 a day, and 52 persons on my site at the same time. My eyes got so big by the impact these food sites gave me. No wonder everybody go ga-ga to post on these sites. They really bring traffic in. But if these sites declines my pics, well, I can't care much about it. It's just for fun, and the most important thing to me are you, my readers, who keep on coming back and back to support me. Thank you very much. Love ya all, MUAAAAKS!!!!

Sigh, so far less than 5 persons have interest to try out the ginger milk curd.. sigh. Nvm then, high chances for 5 persons to win 2 bowls :) But actually the main objective is just to encourage you to try out, less than 10 mins of work in the kitchen but technically challenging. I can't be giving out Books or Mixers, or fancy bakeware. I don't have a sponsor. My purse's my sponsor. If only some kind hearted companies would want to sponsor my giveaways :) kakakaka. Actually when I did the Strawberry Mousse Cones with Chocolate Ganache, the ice cream cone company's current owner is actually a friend of mine, said he wanted to sponsor me some products, I'm not sure if he's for real, but he said so. So, Gary, where's the cones :)

Anyway, here's the soup... drink drink drink

From: Soups for Expelling Dampness and Heat by Chiu Sang

Indications: Diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood fat level (I don’t have any of these…. But it’s a good soup)
Functions: It benefits the spleen, stimulates the secretion of body fluid, quenches thirst, reduced blood glucose level and reduces blood pressure.

This is the original recipe
It went like this
900gm pueraria root / arrowroot / Kudzu
19gm dried oysters
300gm lean pork
1 dried octopus (38gm)
2 sprigs coriander
Salt to taste
No mention of water amount.

My adaptation
500gm arrowroot /pueraria root /kudzu
300gm pork loin
1 dried octopus ( 1ft long, I weighed it and it was less than 20gm)
1 Tbsp dried mussels ( I don’t have dried oysters at home)
1 sprig coriander
2.5L water
1 tsp salt

1. Rinse lean pork and scald in boiling water for 3 minutes.
2. Rinse and peel arrowroot/pueraria root. Cut into large pieces.
3. Rinse the remaining ingredients. Peel dried octopus and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.
4. Put everything except coriander and salt into a pot. Add water and bring to the boil. Reduce to low heat and cook for 2 hours.
5. Season with salt. Add coriander and turn off the heat. Serve.

Peuraria root : resolves heat in the muscles, improves the elasticity of the sinews, enhances blood circulation, reduces blood glucose level, blood pressure and blood fat level.

Dried oysters and octopus: Clear heat, ease stress, stimulate the secretion of body fluid, regulate blood flow and invigorate the sinews.

Please do not try to omit the coriander. It helps to reduce the fishiness of the octopus and the oysters or mussels that you use.


  1. Love the soup! You always have some rare ingredients!

  2. I cook arrowroot /pueraria root soup at least once in a week, as I know this root is very good for beauty and nice complexion, so we as woman has to drink more, hehehe..since only 5 persons enter your contest, maybe I should enter since got high chance to win,see I can find some time for this or not....

  3. Angie,
    Pueraria/Arrowroot is a very common Chinese soup ingredient, it's 粉葛. I'm sure you've eaten this before.

  4. Sonia,
    Wah, weekly???

    Haha, you're most welcomed to enter, and I hope that you will learn from the try out. It's the learning experience that's the most important.

  5. I love soup, the soup must b very tasty and sweet!

  6. Jess,
    Oh yes, minimal salt needed :)

  7. Congrats Wendy.. Your blog is really good so I'm not surprise if your hits are skyrocketing ;)

  8. I love clear soup and yours look so "cheng" (hokkien) for clear! But i hardly prepare them cos my family does not appreciate such soup. :(

  9. Swee San,
    Thanks for the compliments, but indeed it took me so long to achieve the first 100,000. It's just surprising to see the next 100k in such a short time.

    But most of all, I'd say those two sites gave me alot of traffic.

  10. Busygran,
    Oh then what sort of soups do they drink?
    Thick western soups??

    I'm a cantonese, and I definately love soups :)

  11. Firstly, congratulations on your hot hits! I love this kinda boiling soup too. Really sweet & yummy but I normally boil with dried oyster and 'dai tou choy'. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

  12. My Little Space,
    Hmmm, your version seems yummy too.
    And thanks :)

  13. Congratulations on your 200K hits! This is soup I always like to cook, so delicious and good for everyone at home.

  14. Congratulations Wendy. Hope you will get more visitors to your blog each days. With your posting and nice pictures it is getting famous by the day. I love this type of soup but the weather here is so hot so I won't be making soup anytime soon. I am going to try out your ginger milk curd next week.

  15. Gertrude,
    This soup is in the category of expelling heat, and hahaha, actually perfect for summer. But,then again, westerners prefers soup in winter right???

    I don't think my pics are very nice, they are ok la.. I am lazy to style my stuff. It's just friends like you that makes my blog more popular by dropping by. Thanks for that.

  16. Oh nice recipe! Thanks for the tip for a good soup, will get those ingredients and try it out. :)

  17. Congratulations! Hope that you'll hit month? Possible ,you know.

    Oh, I didn't know that this soup is so good...can omit the octopus? I don't have any at home leh...just the pork and some oysters...maybe add some gong-yee-chi? Those are called scallops right?

  18. Wendy! u post my favourite soup! My sister will always boil this soup when I visit her.
    My family love the smell of dried octopus so no need to add coriander. :D.
    The reason I dont boil this soup is I have problem cutting the bark of the arrowroot......meaning nothing much is left after I cut off the bark! Haha,come to think of it, I saw my sis peeling the bark instead of cutting.

  19. Honey Bee,
    Do try this out and let me know :)

  20. Vien,
    Yes, I use a peeler too.
    If you find it hard to get in the crevice, just slice the arrowroot and slowly cut off the skin.

    I'm ok with the octopus smell too, but hoh, the coriander makes the soup taste so much better, and that is cos I've grown to love coriander :)

  21. Mel,
    Sure you can replace the octopus with dried scallops, just don't skip the octopus w/o replacing with anything so that your soup will still be flavourful.

    I'm not the type of person particular about the "functions" but more on flavour :p

  22. Been wondering how to cook this root thingy when I saw it in the supermarket. Now I know, thanks so much.

  23. wow...congrats...maybe a cookbook soon from u 2? hahahha...tat is great...honestly :) ohh i mean the soup and your website hehhhe

  24. Manglish,
    One of my earlier wishes when I started blogging, was to publish a simple homecooking book, but then as I cont to blog, hahahha, I don't really wish for that already.

    But then again, thanks for the compliments

  25. Edith,
    Oh, you've never eaten this before?
    It's primarily used for soups, although there are other uses once the root is processed for its starch.
    Try this, it's very good for the body.


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