Thursday 4 October 2012

Cactus Chicken Soup

Recently I spotted some beautiful Fresh Cactus at a supermarket near my area. At first I have mistaken it as "aloe vera" due to it colour but upon closer look and some detail explanations from one of their promoter me and friends begin to show interests in it.

We both tried the "cactus soup" which was prepared by the promoter and it indeed taste great with just 3 simple ingredients such as "cactus, chicken and honey dates". To our surprise the soup taste 80 - 85% close to the normal Black Chicken Herbal Soup which has a after taste that is similar to "ginseng".  So without hesitate we each bought a pieces of the fresh cactus to make our Cactus Chicken Soup.


From a given leaflet and website of Kin Yan Aagrotech where these local fresh cactus is grown, it shows that eating Cactus helps to promote good digestive system, improve immunity, strengthen bones and joints, detoxification of the body system and etc.

(Serves: 4  | Preparation: 10 minutes  | Cooking: 1.5 - 2 hours)

400g - 500g of Organic Fresh Cactus
1 Kampong Chicken
2 Pieces Honey Dates
1.5 Litres of Water

1. Scrubbed, washed and cut the cactus into rectangle shown above with half portion skin remained unpeeled.

2. Trim, clean and blanched chicken in boiling water, rinse and set aside.

3. Bring 1.5 Litres of water to boil, add in honey dates, cactus and chicken. When the mixture comes to boil again, lower the heat and simmer for 1.5 hours.

4. Season with salt and simmer for another 10 minutes and serve. (I did not add in any salt as we prefer having it with it's original taste)

5. ALTERNATIVELY you could transfer all the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on AUTO heat for about 3 - 4 hours.


  1. I must try to cook this simple and healthy soup. You can the cactus at the Fairprice?

    1. Yup some of the fairprice and Sheng Siong do sell cactus.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

    I've seen it b4, but wonder do we need to peel the skin ?


    1. Hi Ling,

      I guess it depend on how and what dishes you are cooking with it. For soup wise, the promoter told me to leave half of it with skin on while cooking :) But remember to scrub the skin thoroughly before use.

  3. Wait a minute... These cactus look VERY similar to ones in my backyard...and I'm actually seeing them from the window next to me. Mine look a bit more giant but looks so similar... Should I chop it off and eat it? :D The soup looks wonderful though.

    1. No no no! Nami, not all cactus are edible some are poison. Those that we used are Organic grown and is safe for eating so you must be careful of those at your backyard :)


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