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Mustard Green and Oyster Soup - Brassica Trio # 3

Friday, May 27, 2011

Days are hot. I’m boiling herbal drinks almost every day to cool down.

Mustard greens taste bitter. It’s the only bitter veggie that I consume, and not only consume, you can say I’m like crazy for it. I won’t be able to resist any dish with this. Be it the “rubbish vege” that we do with leftover dishes, or the banquet dish of Mustard Greens with Mushrooms, or just a simple stir fry of Mustard Greens, I can never ever resist the sight of it. I must eat and eat a lot of it. I'm insane for it.

When my saw some mustard greens at Tesco, my mind immediately remembered this soup that I’ve bookmarked for a quite a few months. My MIL said, “Won’t this be too cooling if made into soup?”. Well, to me, isn’t it perfect for this crazily hot weather? We definitely need something super cooling.
But then, just in case it’s too “cool”, I left the red dates unseeded. If you want it to be very very cool, then remove the seeds.

Mustard Green Soup
Recipe source: Foodie’s Kitchen

750gm mustard green
400gm pork soup bones or ribs
150gm carrots
20gm/4 dried oysters
4 shitake mushrooms (mine were was big as Marie biscuits when soaked, use more if yours are smaller), soaked
30gm/15 red dates
2L water

1. Bring water to boil.
2. Meanwhile, peel and cut carrots into slanting chunks.
3. Rinse oysters put them into the pot.
4. Score the red dates and put them in
5. Separate each leaf from of the mustard green and wash to remove sand. Separate the petioles(the hard crunchy parts of the leaf) and the soft leaf parts. Cut the petioles into chunks and tear the soft leaf parts into smaller pieces.
6. When water has come to a boil, put in pork ribs and bring back to a boil.
7. Put in mustard petioles and bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Reduce to a simmer for 1hour.
8. Put in soft mustard leaves and bring back to a boil. Simmer for another hour.
9. Season with salt and serve.

11 lovely notes:

Anonymous,  May 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

At a glance I thought it was the 'chai boey' I actually like this vegetable a lot. My mom used to cook one pot rice with it and also normal stir-fry. But she never make soup out of it though. By the way, I still can't post any comment here when I sign in but I just found out that I can do it anonymously.


wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more May 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

Oh... it's really frustrating when blogger gives so much problems.
Hope you get out of it soon.
Haha, like the Chai Boey. If you don't put in the leaves, it's actually looks much lighter. It's the leaves that make the soup brownish. But it's a waste to discard them and use only the stalks.

yummylittlecooks May 27, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

Your soup looks so delicious!

Pete May 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

Wah, All the nice ingredients inside, sure looks sweet and yummy!

Janine May 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

This sounds like a really good soup to have since I usually only have lotus or corn soups (no idea what else to make already). Just wondering though - how should I go about preparing the mustard greens to avoid its bitterness?

Anonymous,  May 28, 2011 at 4:12 PM  

Yummy Wendy..healthy soup for the day ya...sandy

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more May 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

yummy little cooks,

homemade soup sure use good stuff ma, haha.

after a sinful soup, better post a healthy soup

Mustard greens are bitter when cooked briefly.
When they are cooked for long periods of time, they no longer taste bitter. Don't worry about it.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) May 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM  

this sound healthy but my kids will not appreciate this.

Quay Po Cooks May 29, 2011 at 6:41 PM  

When I tell my Quay Lo this soup is cooling, that is food is heaty, he will never understand. There is no such thing as cooling or heaty food for the body system in his mind. "smack forehead" - I GIVE UP!! I will defiitely want a bowl of your soup if it is cooling...I feel HOT! HOT! HOT! right now... hehe

daphne May 29, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

yum! I actually do like the bitterness of this soup! and i miss the dried oysters.... yum!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more May 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

Yeah, kids might not like this.

Quay Po,
haha, cook him heaty foods for a week, and let him feel the heat, then he'll understand. Red date tea, and all the heaty confinement foods, hahaha.

It's not bitter, after all the simmering.

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