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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dried Lilybud Soup

I had this soup while I was in Taiwan last year.  A very easy, simple and quick to prepare soup yet it is yummy to go with rice.  At home, this is a quick boil soup which is clear, has the sweet taste of dried lily buds [in Taiwan the lily buds have a very nice bright orange/yellow colour] and fragrant flavour of the seasoned meat.
[serves 2-3]
50 gm dried lily buds - knotted and trim off the hard ends
50 - 100 gm minced meat
600 ml water [you can use stock]
salt, msg and pepper to taste
  1. Soak dried lily  buds for 5 minutes to soften then drain off excess water.
  2. Marinate minced meat with salt, pepper, sesame oil and cornstarch.  Set aside.
  3. Bring water to boil in a soup pot [I used claypot].  When water boils, drop in minced meat  in lumps [not necessary to make into meatballs].  Add in seasoning to taste.
  4. Cook for several minutes, then add in dried lily buds.   Bring soup to boil again.
  5. Off heat, sprinkle in some chopped spring onions.
  6. Serve immediately.

 Notes - Dried Lily Buds
 Lily Buds
Also known as tiger lily buds, golden needles [kim chiam] and dried lily flowers is an essential brain food.  These are rich in protein, fats, calcium, iron and vitamin B1. All of which aids in the metabolism of your brain.

I'm sharing this post with The Spanish Wok- The TSK Butler Soup Kitchen Monthly Blogger Event October 2012.
TSK - The Soup Kitchen Butler brings you soup......


Edith said...

didn't know this has so much nutrients.

Esther@thefussfreechef said...

Very interesting, hv never had lily bud soup before, sounds very homey and "ching" - very light, i shall keep this in mind. Lily buds always remind me of chai choy - mix vegetarian dish :)

Kimmy said...

Hi Edith, before preparing this soup, I did a look up on its benefits and thought I should share the info with all.

Kimmy said...

Hi Esther, your description of this soup is right, 'ching & light'. I prefer quick boil soups to those simmered soups especially those with lots of meat and bones. I realised that such soups may cause higher uric acid level in our body.

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Hi Kimmy,

This is such an easy soup to prepare and I'm excited to say I have dried lily buds in my cupboard and had no idea what to do with them. Soup here we come LOL.

Thanks for submitting to The Soup Kitchen event again too.

Kimmy said...

Hi Debs, yes, it's easy but try to use good quality dried lily buds and do not over boil cos' it may turn a little sourish. Fresh lily buds can be used but not easily available.

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