First meal at home

The good thing about being home is I don’t have to worry about what to eat for lunch. My parents always make comfort food and dishes I like when I come home too. So on Monday, I woke up and walked into the kitchen to find some lotus root soup in chicken stock.

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It’s my favorite soup. Sometimes, my mom makes the stock with pork bones but either is delicious. I like the lotus root undercooked so that it’s still got a crunch (like an apple). It gets mushy when it’s overcooked. The soup is pretty plain, just stock and the lotus root. A lot of Chinese soups we make at home are simple and only have 1 or 2 ingredients in addition to the stock. I think the appeal of lotus root is mainly a texture thing. It’s also considered a “cooling” yin food. I’m not sure what else you can use lotus root for. The only two ways I’ve seen it used is in soup and fried. I’ve seen them just freshly sliced and fried but my grandma dries them before frying. That way you can also store the dried chips in the pantry.

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I had some sticky rice with chicken also. My Dad cheated though, he used sushi rice instead of glutinous rice. There wasn’t much to it, just rice, dried shrimp, and chicken but it was tasty.

Love and peace,

Zaw

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5 thoughts on “First meal at home

  1. i am mildly curious about the lotus root…what’s it taste like? what other similar veggies are worth looking into as potential soup candidates?

  2. oh and by the way, you modified Wolfgang Puck’s trademark “live, love, eat” and inserted the “laugh”….sneaky sneaky!

  3. @ Darya,

    It’s mildly sweet, but doesn’t really have a particular taste. I’d compare it to a potato. The crunch is kind of like a water chestnut. So a cross between a potato and a water chestnut? The really cool thing is when you bite into it, sometimes you get these little threads between the pieces (as thin as spider threads between the two halves) because the root is so fibrous. Another really good and simple soup is winter melon. It can be as simple as just stock and 2″ cubes of winter melon or you can add shitake mushrooms, peanuts, etc. Winter melon is also a “cooling” yin food. Now that I think about it, that seems to be the common theme in most Cantonese soups.

    That’s an interesting observation on the trademark. I didn’t modify his trademark though, but I do remember him saying it before. I just modified the saying “live, laugh, love” and added “eat”.

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. Winter melon (called fuk in Thai) soup is really good with chicken wings added 😀 . Amy found the blog and linked me. She thinks that your writing is good Zaw (high praise coming from an english major). Keep up the good work!!

  5. @ Gan

    Yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever forget what it’s called in Thai. Winter melon soup is definitely a favorite. Tell Amy I said thanks!
    You two have a good New Year’s.

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