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Very good herbal soups for the body and soul.
I have always loved soup as i believe that drinking soup is a superb way to cleanse our internal system and balance an inner balance. Of course, drinking soup do introduce some forms of healthy benefits, especially those with herbs in it. However, as some herbs are of a 'warm-based', it is always not recommended to drink too much. So i believe, the main key to drinking herbal soup is not to have as much as possible but to have just the right amount. :)
Locating this shop do requires some effort as there are quite a fair bit of coffe shop in that area. We took the wrong turn from the multistorey car park and end up in another coffeeshop. In the end, we have to walk back to the same route in order to find this store. A word to advice for those who are interested to try out this store, turn left from the car park instead of right, to save the walking distance. :)
It was a late weekend afternoon and surprisingly, there were still quite a fair bit of people in the coffee shop but we managed to get a table with the help of the shop assistant. There are quite a fair bit of varieties for their soup, probably around 5 to 6 different kinds, which include the ginseng chicken soup, lotus soup, duck soup, etc. However, most of them were sold out when we ordered.
In the end, we end up having the duck soup instead. The soup is served in the smaller version of earthen pot and this small earthen pot is actually placed in a large earthen jar for continuous boiling or steaming purpose. Believe that by putting the earthen pot into the earthen jar helps to maintain the temperature and at the same time, helps to increase the flavour of the soup.
The duck soup comes in a dark colour soup base and of course with some duck meat pieces (its a duck drumstick that i got). I pretty like the way the duck meat tasted as its very soft and sweet with a slight herbal taste. As for the soup base, i think it's too bitter for my liking. Perhaps, this is how herbal soup should taste?
Personally, i think the shop owners are pretty thoughful in a certain way. Take for example, they actually pack the herbs nicely in small packets. In this case, one will be able to taste just the soup with every scoop. I also like the size of the soup that they serve, which is pretty hugh. Definitely reasonable with just a 5-6 dollars price tag.
Beside the soup, they also serve rice and vegetables. I quite like the taste of the rice which is very fragrant with bits of mushrooms and dried shrimps. I wonder how they managed to achieve this tasty rice with such simple ingredients. As for the vegetables where we ordered some you miao, we find that it tasted abit too salty.
Overall, i think the price to pay for such a hugh bowl of herbal soup is definitely very worth. Hopefully, i can get to try out the rest of the soup when i visit them the next time. :)
Need a boost? Try herbal soups!
If you like herbal soups, you'll like Earthen Jar Treasure. Here they differentiate the soups by their Chinese medicinal properties. It could be cooling, warming or a blood tonic just to describe a few.
The giant jars where their claypots of soups are kept are quite a fascinating sight to behold. Upon order, a single claypot of your soup is taken out of the giant jar with a long metal stick which will then be served with either plain rice or yam rice.
The advantage of using a claypot lies in its ability to keep the contents warm, something I find absolutely essential for soups. If I remember correctly, the older generation believes that the medicinal properties of the soup is only effective when the soup is hot. Of course there is also the well-documented fact that anything made in a claypot tastes better.
As for the food served, the lotus root soup with pork ribs which has a soup with a cooling property. The palate was light yet full-bodied that would have you wanting seconds. The pork ribs that come along in the soup are cooked till tender and the taste of the soup permeates the meat. The lotus roots are thinly sliced and cooked to perfection. Every bite is crunchy.
The watercress soup had a nice and subtle sweetness which came from the combination of the pork, watercress and red dates. My only grouse with this soup is that the watercress were slightly over-cooked and yellow as I prefer the watercress somewhat greener and retaining a bit of its crunch. But overall, it is still an enjoyable pot of soup to savour.
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