Friday 25 August 2006

Fresh Peanut Roots & Mushroom Pork Ribs Soup

There is this saying that "Chinese made soup from roots of peanut to help youngsters to grow taller" especially when given to them during their teen years. Some also believed that boiling fresh peanut leaves in water and drinking the before bedtime can ensure a good night sleep. But all other than these believed, you still can whip out some nice and fragrant soup using this Peanut Roots which can be found is most vegetables stall in the local wet market.

To me, I found it very time consuming to wash these peanut roots. Because they are filled with dirts that you need to wash, scrap and soak it in water until clean before you can proceed in making the soup.

For this soup, I also add in some extra dried soup peanuts and Dried Brazil Mushrooms(click on link for more info) to enhance the flavour. I boiled all the ingredients with some pork ribs and chicken bone to hope that it will make the soup morenutritionn and sweet. This is my first time using Brazil Mushrooms which is introduce by Edith from Precious Moments.

1 Bunch of Peanut Roots(花生根), about 200g
300g Pork Ribs(排骨)
1 Chicken Bone(鸡骨)
50-80g Soup Peanuts(花生), soaked in hot water
6 Red Dates(红枣)
1 Tablespoon Gou Qizi(枸杞子)
8-10 Stalks Of Dried Brazil Mushrooms,姬松茸(巴西蘑菇)

1. Trim, wash, scrap and soak the peanut roots in water until the water is clear without dirts.(you need to soak in water for at least 2 hrs)
2. Soaked the peanuts andBrazill mushrooms in hot water for a while, rinse, drained then set aside.
3. Blanched the pork ribs and chicken bone in boiling water, rinse, drained and set aside.
4. Bring a pot of 1.5 litres of water to boil, add in all the ingredients and bring to boil again.
5. Transfer all to a slow cooker and simmer on Auto-Heat for 3 - 4 hrs, season with salt and served.Posted by Picasa


  1. interesting =) ive never seen peanut roots b4. soup looks good.

  2. U should take a look at the veg stall in chong pang market.. it's the stall between the two fruit stalls de.. u know which 1... near the hawker 1...

  3. My dear soup queen, you're really good at whipping up different kinds of soups *wink* The peanut root is something I never knew existed, pardon my 'suaku-ness', hardly go wet markets.

  4. hi lena, just to let u know i've moved to blogspot. i havent been able to access blogdrive for one whole day already n its driving me crazy! i think blogger will be more stable and i managed to do up my layout exactly the way it is. there are only 5 entries now, but when i'm able to access my blogdrive acct, i'll move everything over. pls change yr link accordingly. im at :

    see ya around =)

  5. Oh ya, I saw this in the wet market before but didn't know how to cook it. My mum ever told me abt peanut root (I still thinking is it the one which I've seen) & she said that I shld cook it with pork ribs for my 2nd son (the skinny one) when he reached teen age (actually how old huh - or meaning puberty).

  6. Hi lilian... i think they said is around the age of 11 or 12 onwards... but then now i already gave my son to drink and he loves it..lolz....

  7. thnks for the receipe Ellena! Do we cook the whole plant including the roots, leaves, peanut & stem? i.e. need to remove any part of the peanut plant before cooking?

  8. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Em.. as for this fresh peanut roots.. usually we used the bottom parts of the roots together with the peanuts in shell. U can need to cut off the top leaves part or u can use the whole plant if u wish. Just remember to scrab, soak and wash until it's really clean cos it contain alot of soil...... :)


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