I kept the soup fairly simple, adding potatoes as the primary thickening agent. They give the soup a richer mouth-feel without making it heavy and overbearing. It’s a very pleasant way to start a meal, whether you’re young, old or in-between.
1. Info for Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe
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- Servings: 8
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2. Ingredients for Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe
- 3 heads young Chinese cabbage
- 3 pounds Dutch Yellow baby potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 5 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 daikon, peeled and sliced
- 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste (see tips)
- 1-½ teaspoons salt
- In a stockpot, heat the oil. Add the ginger garlic paste; cook until fragrant. Add the daikon. Cover with vegetable stock. Add the potatoes, bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cut the heads of cabbage in half, then into thirds lengthwise. If the pieces are still too long, you can cut them in half crosswise. Bring the broth back to a boil, then add the cabbage, green onions and cilantro. Cook for an additional 7-8 minutes.
- Assembly time:
- Remove and discard the daikon (it gives some natural sweetness to the soup). Reserve a few cabbage leaves for garnish. Working in batches, place the contents of the pot in a blender. Pulse until very smooth. Strain the blended soup back into the pot. Adjust seasoning with salt and black pepper. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the soup for 5 minutes.
- Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. Top the bowl with a rolled cabbage.
4. Tips and advices:
- Little reminder on how to make ginger garlic paste: Clean one (2-inch) chunk of fresh ginger, carefully removing any dirt. Peel the ginger root with a paring knife or the edge of a spoon, then finely chop it. Place the chopped ginger and 5 cloves of garlic in a blender and add about 2 tablespoons (or more) of water for a smooth flow. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator. You can keep this paste for at least a week in the refrigerator.
- The young Chinese cabbage heads measure no more than 6-7 inches. They have a sweeter flavor than the regular “adult” kind.
- You could replace the Chinese cabbage with other vegetables such as bok choy.