Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Old Yellow Gourd Soup


My colleagues have been asking me about this so instead of repeating myself, I better write it here haha This is slightly modified from Sam Leong's cookbook e.g. his original recipe uses scallops and prawns but I used chicken.



Ingredients:
Old yellow gourd 老黄瓜 - 1
Conpoy - 2
Slice of ginger
2cm  piece of white part of spring onion
Some chicken pieces
Wolfberries - about 10
Chicken stock (Home-made or if lazy or no time, store-bought ones may be used)
salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish

Method:
Soak conpoy in water for 2 hours (if you're short of time, you can soak in hot water for 30 mins). Discard water. Lightly shred, removing rubbery part. Cover with chicken stock, add ginger, spring onion and pinch of salt and steam for 45 mins. Remove ginger and spring onion and keep this conpoy chicken stock for use.

Meanwhile, prepare the gourd. using a sharp knife, carve a zig-zag pattern down the middle and open the gourd into two halves. cut off the ends slightly so that each half can stand. dig out seeds. Steam for 15 mins. Pour away any water.

Fill gourd with meat, conpoy and wolfberries and add conpoy chicken stock. Top with more chicken stock if necesssary. Steam for 15 mins.

Garnish and serve hot =)

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