Thursday 26 May 2011

Yacon And Lotus Roots Peanut Soup

After a long day at work, a bowl of hearty home cook soup is always something that I look forward to. And I can even starts to imagine the fragrant and taste of the soup during my journey back home. As a frequent reader(s) of this blog you will notice that I loves to try out using different ingredients to prepare my soup. And today we are looking into a new ingredient known as "Yacon - 冰山雪莲果" which is commonly used for either soup or salad in Singapore.

Yacon(冰山雪莲果) is a sweet and crunchy vegetable that has a flavour similar to an apple. It grows in a variety of different colors including pink, orange, white or purple. In the United States, Yacon that is sold in markets is typically white compared to the orange type that we have in Singapore. According to some google read-up this vegetable is very high in fiber and low in calories which makes it a healthy and nutritious snack. (read more HERE)

From a glance at this Yacon, sometime you might even mistaken it as the some kind of Sweet Potato due to it's shape and colour.

Ingredients: (serves 4)
300g Pork Ribs (排骨)
1 Medium Size Yacon(冰山雪莲果)
150g Lotus Roots(莲藕)
50g Soup Peanuts(花生)
4 - 6 Red Dates (红枣)
1/2 Tablespoon Wolfberries(枸杞), optional

1. Blanched pork ribs in boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes, remove and rinse with tap water. Set aside.

2. Soak peanuts in hot/warm water for about 5 minutes, rinse well and set aside.

3. Remove the outer skin of the yacon and cut into thick chunks. Whereas for the lotus roots remove the skin and cut into thick slices.

4. Bring 1.5 litres of water to boil in a soup pot.

5. Add in all the ingredients except wolfberries and when the mixture comes to boil again, lower the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes or until peanuts soften.

6. Lastly drop in wolfberries and season with salt to taste according to own preference.


  1. Nasi Lemak Lover26/5/11 1:18 pm

    This is new to me but I can imagine the soup must be very yummy.

  2. How are you feeling Ellena?  I'm a bit better but still sick.  I'm going to go sleep soon but wanted to come here to see what you are sharing.  Now my family is sick.... My husband is not doing well and my kids are coughing.  This soup is like the best warm soup we all can have right now... I love lotus root, esp the the crunchy texture.  I wanted to enter this month's challenge, but I've been so busy this month and now I'm I may not be able to make it.  Next time... 

  3. Parsley Sage26/5/11 8:43 pm

    Very, very cool!  I instantly thought 'that's a sweet potato!'  But it has a high 'wow' factor if it tastes more like an apple.  Great soup :)

  4. Wow, this soup looks delicious with all the ingredients that I do enjoy. Very comforting!  Hope you are having a great week :-)

  5. Thanks Juliana :) Hope you like this soup too.

  6.  Yup! Indeed it does taste like apple very crunchy texture. By the way have you received the parcel yet?

  7.  Yup this ingredient is quite new in the market.. mb u can take a look next round u go marketing :)


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