Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pou Lou Ngou, Opps! Pou Leng Ngou (Lotus Roots) Soup Recipe!

Everytime I thought about lotus roots soup or whenever I am cooking it, I would think of the Cantonese word that I learned from Smallkucing, Pou Lou Ngau, which means keeping an old mistress! Ha ha ha! Lotus roots are called Leng Ngou....sounds almost similar to Lou Ngou! LOL! Well, jokes aside, there are two different types of lotus roots being sold here. The large old roots are normally imported from China and those young thin ones are harvested locally, mostly from the lotus ponds in Perak. The young thin lotus roots are suitable for frying with vegetable and the old ones are good for making soup. In order to make the lotus roots soft and crunchy, you just have to marinate it with salt before cooking it.

Lotus roots, 1 large section, cut into rings and marinate with salt
Groundnuts, ½ cup
Chinese Dates (Ang Cho), 10 pcs
Pork Ribs, 500 gms or Chicken Carcass, 1 bird
Salt to taste
Water 7 bowls

Put water in pot and bring to a boil. Put in the pork ribs or chicken carcass, groundnuts and Chinese red dates. Add lotus roots and boil for around 1 ½ hours or more. Add salt to taste. Serve hot with steamed rice.


RV said...

This is a warm comforting soup and pretty easy to make.

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

hahaha i only noe it in mandarin - lian ou - so i learn new cantonese word at here! :D

lotus root soup with some peanut inside nice n yums! :D

suituapui said...

Oh? Didn't know they have old and young one? Just know...simmer with pork bones to make yummy soup. I think they say good for women - that time of the month, can control heavy flow... Dunno true or not.

Xjion89 said...

my favorite~~~
more peanuts plz~~

reanaclaire said...

my kids' favourite soup besides the ABC soup... they love the soft groundnuts after boiling..

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I like this soup, but never make it myself b4...

Anonymous said...

One of my favourite soups.

Merryn said...

Wanna keep a mistress dun lah keep an old one.. keep a young beauty :P

Anyway, my sis and I call this the 'telephone' as it looked like the old classic fon talk piece.. don't ya think so?

smallkucing said... still remember ya..but if wanna "Pou" must find Rich one wor...kekeke..

Aiks...i didnt know have to marinate with salt.

Not sure you are aware of one more ingredient that will also makes the soup nicer..cantonese calls it "Fun Kok"(Not happy cock). It's a type of root that looks like ubi kayu.

I put like 2 inch of the root. Other people put more. Can get from vege seller that sell lotus root.

Pete said...

RV : Agree, nice to drink on rainy and cool days!

Caroline : Love it with peanuts too!

STP : Mmm, interesting news for the ladies....STP must do some research...LOL!

Xjion : He he, peanuts are everyone favourite....

Reanaclaire : I would boil until the groundnut turned soft too,,,,nice!

Sharon : Quite easy to prepare

Mei Teng : Nice soup!

Merryn : ha ha, good tips. Agree, look like old telephone...halo, halo....LOL!

Smallkucing : ok, will look for the fun kok next week....hope the vegetable seller understand my Cantonese or else he will really think I am looking for 'happy kok'....learned another new word today.....ha ha ha!

Anonymous said...

Just add lotus root to cold water before boiling. No need to marinate with salt. If adding lotus root to hot boiling water, it will not be soft and nice.


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