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Arrowroot Soup Recipe (粉葛湯)

Arrowroot is a huge root vegetable. Growing up in my household, my mother often made this soup for me. It is a Chinese soup that is frequently served at Chinese restaurants as their daily soup(例汤). It’s actually really simple to make.

I love soup. A home cooked meal is not complete without it. In my family, we end each meal with a bowl of soup. I think there are quite a few methods in brewing this soup. However, mine doesn’t have the cuttlefish, pearl beans, or black eyed beans.

Ingredients
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1 medium-sized arrowroot, peeled and cut into chunks
1 carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
1 honey date, rinse with water
1 tbsp apricot seeds, rinse with water
3 pieces of pork neck bones, cleaned and parboiled
2.5 quarts of water
Salt to taste

Directions
1. Parboil the pork neck bones. This will keep the soup clear and clean. Rinse the bones with water and place into a clean pot.
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2. Add the carrot, honey date, apricot seeds, and water
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3. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 3 hours. Salt to taste and serve in a large bowl.

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe.

xoxo Nicola

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Vietnamese Pork and Eggs Simmered in Caramel Sauce – Thit Heo Kho Trung

Thit Heo Kho Trung is a slow simmered pork in coconut caramel sauce. It is a Vietnamese comfort dish. The dish is slightly sweet and rich achieved through its’ method of cooking. This dish somewhat reminds me of Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese Meat Sauce on Rice - Get Recipe Here). Interested? Give it a try!

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Ingredients:
1 lb pork butt or pork belly diced into 1 inch cubes
2 Peeled hard-boiled eggs (or more)
1/4 cup shallots, diced (if you do not have shallots, use onions)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup fresh coconut juice, or coconut soda
2 tbsp fish sauce, or more to your taste
1/4 cup caramel sauce (Recipe Here)
1/2 tbsp crushed black pepper
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

image1. Heat oil in a pot. When the oil is hot, add the onions, garlic, and pepper. Saute for 3 minutes.

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2. Add Pork. Fry for about 3 minutes.

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3. Add coconut juice, caramel sauce, and fish sauce. Bring to a simmer.

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4. Add the eggs and bring to simmer.

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5. Simmer for about 45 minutes on low heat. Taste and adjust flavour. Serve with rice.

 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Try this simple dish! Keep me posted with your experiences in the kitchen!

- xo Niki

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Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Herbs

Sometimes you just need these dishes.. Simple and easy. Just toss everything into one pot, place it in the oven, and cook. This is that type of recipe.

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Ingredients
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 chicken thighs, each about 5 oz.
8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 bulb garlic, smashed
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 to 8 fresh rosemary sprigs
8 to 10 fresh oregano leaves
1 small onion, quartered
5 nugget potatoes, halved

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Directions
1. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
2. Place the chicken in a dutch oven. Arrange the tomatoes, garlic, onion, and potatoes around the chicken. Drizzle the chicken and tomatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
3. Arrange the rosemary sprigs and oregano leaves over and around the chicken.
4. Place the lid on and bake until the chicken is opaque throughout, 30 to 45 minutes.
5. Remove the lid, and broil for about 5 minutes until the skin of the chicken is browned.
6. Arrange a chicken on each of 4 plates, spooning equal amounts of the tomatoes and herbs around each. Drizzle with some pan juices and serve immediately with the carb of your choice. I like angel hair pasta or bread, but anything is possible: quinoa, rice, etc. Serves 4.

Thank you for reading.

xoxo Nikikiu

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