Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cactus Snow Fungus Chicken Soup (仙人掌煲鸡汤)








Have you tried this fresh cactus before?  I have seen this on sale in supermarkets for months, but was not convinced enough to make a purchase.  Main concern:  Will the food or soup cooked with the cactus taste weird?  If that's your concern too, I can tell you now:  Cactus soup is tasty with no strange or weird taste at all!  The cactus is bland and the greenish skin does not impart any smell or taste to the soup either.   






When you buy the cactus, there's a simple recipe on the package: Cook the cactus with chicken and honey dates.  I added some snow fungus to it.  To prepare, you need to wash and cut the cactus into big chunks (no need to peel the skin).  Blanch the chicken meat/bones with boiling water.  Bring a pot of water to boil and add all the ingredients.  Bring to boil again and simmer for about 90 minutes.  Add seasoning and it's ready.

For a complete meal, I prepared stir-fry spinach with beech mushroom and yam rice.












9 comments:

  1. Good morning,
    Thanks for the assurance- now I can make use of my catcus plant!

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    1. Better check if your cactus is edible plant.

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  2. Hi Fong, very unusual soup with cactus. Haven't seen this edible cactus before. Brave attempt.

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    1. Not exactly brave cos I tasted the soup first as there was a sales person promoting the fresh cactus and the soup tastes good.

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  3. I've seen people in mexico eat those before. I'd love to try it but am so afraid there might be some little spikes left! I love prickly pears but sometimes there are some spikes left and they hurt.

    Very interesting recipe nonetheless.

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    1. Those cactus on sale were all "spikes-free" already. Try it.

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  4. What a coincidence! Ellena also posted cactus soup. I must try this healthy soup soon.

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    1. Yes, such a coincidence! Shows that we both love soup :) Yes, yes, try this soup. Hock Hua Chinese Medical also sell pre-packed dried cactus with herbs. Cactus soup is certainly getting more popular.

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