Chinese potato soup recipes are hearty and satisfying. Unlike creamy potato soups, they are clear broths with potato in bite-sized chunks or small cubes.
It might come as a surprise but potato can be used in a weight loss diet. Many people think that potato is very starchy and will cause weight gain. In fact only 20% of a potato is starch and it has only 0.1% fat. It is high in dietary fibre and bulk up after consumption.
However, this is not a reason to think that eating french fries can help you lose weight. Frying the potato increase the fat content. So, to consume potato for weight loss, eat and drink it in Chinese soups. It is commonly combined with carrots and onions to form a wholesome trinity.
Read a little story about the cold-relieving soup. Recipe below.
Instead of pork ribs, use lean pork cut into small cubes. Additional ingredients include: diced onions, sliced or diced carrots (whichever your preference), cubed potatoes, a stick of cinnamon, red dates.
The cooking method consists of bringing the onion cubes in water to a boil first before adding all the other ingredients and simmering for at least an hour. Just before serving, remove the cinnamon stick so that the flavour doesn't get too overwhelmingly strong. If you like a bit of a peppery aftertaste, you can also consider adding a few white peppercorns into the soup while simmering as well.
In 2005, the origin of potatoes was finally determined through genetic analysis to be Southern Peru. It is a relatively new produce in China, believed to be imported by returning migrants from Southeast Asia.
There are 3 Chinese names for potato. In Southeast Asia, it is 马铃薯 (ma ling shu). I do not know what it means. In Taiwan, it is 洋芋 (yang yu) meaning foreign yam. In China, it is called 土豆 (tu dou) which means nut in the ground. I would have thought the name more apt for peanuts, but peanuts in Chinese is 花生 (hua sheng). Interesting right?
Potato contains proteins and a wide range of minerals. It can be made into a variety of food items. Fries, chips, potato starch powder, potato starch threads (potato vermicelli). It can even be made into liquor or animal feed.
Raw potato contains a type of toxin but it can be removed with cooking. If stored potato is exposed to sunlight it may turn green and increase the amount of toxin in the potato.
Moderate consumption of potato has some health benefits. A Japanese study discovered that a weekly diet of 5-6 potatoes can reduce the risk of stroke by 40%.
For more potato recipes, look at the Chinese yam soups article, just replace the fresh Chinese yam with potato.
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