This recipe produces an Asian broth with a little heat. A vegetable stock is used here, making this a vegetarian soup.
I usually separate the bok choy stem by stem and break them into smaller pieces by hand. However, this recipe calls for chopped bok choy, so there is no need to separate the stems from each other. Just chop away.
Be careful when handling the chilli as the seeds contain the most heat. Do not touch them with your fingers. Wear gloves if possible or just use the back of the knife and scrape them off.
This recipe is a really basic one. If you have leftover meat cuts like pork or chicken, you can add them to the soup.
Slice the chilli in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and slice into thin strips
Mix the vinegar, soy sauce, caster sugar, and cooking wine together well
Bring the stock to a boil in a large saucepan
Add the chopped bok choy, vinegar mixture and sliced chilli
Bring back to a boil, lower to a gentle simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until the bok choy is cooked but still green
Add the cornstarch to the 2 tbsp water to form the cornstarch mixture
Pour the cornstarch mixture slowly into the soup stirring while you pour to thicken the soup slightly
Chicken bok choy soup
This is an easy chicken soup recipe with a few key ingredients slowly simmered to produce a flavorsome broth.
Besides chicken and bok choy, this soup also has honey dates and ginger. Honey dates are bigger and sweeter than red dates. It is light brown in colour and looks as if it has a thin coat of icing sugar. Ginger imparts warmth to the soup without any spice or heat.
1 small chicken
600g baby bok choy
3 honey dates 蜜枣 (mi zao)
2 slices ginger
12 cups of water or soup stock
Pinch of salt
Wash the bok choy and halve them lengthwise
Clean the chicken, cut into pieces and parboil it
Bring the water or soup stock to a boil in a soup pot
Add the cooking wine, ginger and honey dates and let them boil for a couple of minutes
Add the chicken and lower the heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes
Check that the chicken is cooked (you can do so by poking a chopstick into the thickest piece. If it goes through easily, it is done.)
Add the bok choy and cook till it is tender but still crunchy
Add seasoning like salt and pepper to taste before serving. I also like a dash of sesame seed oil but it is optional
The cooking video below shows how bok choy can be added to a clear soup. Fast forward to 6:10.
Pork bok choy soup
The recipe featured in the cooking video below is a Cantonese-styled soup. It contains bok choy that have dark green crinky leaves and white stems and pork. A variety popular in Cantonese cuisine.
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