Yen Can Cook: Dried Bok Choy Soup “Choy Gon Tong” 菜干汤

“Choy Gon Tong” (菜干汤), which means “dried vegetable soup” in Cantonese and it’s actually “dehydrated Bok Choy”. This soup is traditionally used to bring down heat in one’s body especially on recent scorching weather. This soup is usually paired with other ingredients such as pork ribs (or pork bones), carrot, corn, soy beans, south and north apricot kernels to add the brew’s benefits and harmony of flavours.  

My version is a combination of “Choy Gon”, pork bones, carrot and soy bean. In Traditional Chinese Medicine practice, soy beans are believe to have benefit of clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates lungs and intestines, also an excellent source of protein.

 

Ingredients (serve: 3-4)

50g dried Bok Choy

500g – 600g pork bones or pork ribs

1 carrot, cut into 2

Handful of soy beans, rinsed and cleaned

Water

Salt to taste

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Step 1:  Soak the dried Bok Choy in water for at least a couple of hrs. Rinse and wash thoroughly by flipping open the leaves under running tap water to get rid of some sand and dirt particles. When this is done, the Choy Kon should soften and lighter in color, drain and set aside.

Step 2: Boil a pot of water and scald the pork bones to remove dirt and impurities.

Step 3: Put everything in a pot (except salt) and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let the soup simmer for 2-3 hours.

Step 4: Add salt to taste & serve.

 

HAPPY COOKING!

 

 

7 comments

  • I have seen that dried vege before but did not know that it is actually bok choy. I thought it was some other type of salted vege. Maybe I can try to cook this soup as my partner loves soup.

  • This is the first time I’ve seen someone boil soup with the carrot cut into two only. I don’t know how you get it to soften in such a big chunk. I cut mine into small chunks and still find that they need at least 4 hours to soften. I boiled this soup once but the choy gon didn’t soften enough. I like those I drink outside where the choy gon is almost disintegrating….hehehe! 😉

  • I love soups and this looks so good. I have not drink this type of soup before but I can imagine how delicious it is based on the ingredients used.

  • i love how there are so many ingredients visible in this soup 😀

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