Saturday, January 10, 2009

Lotus & Cranberry Bean Soup 莲藕珍珠豆汤

It has been a super hectic week for me since school reopens and my gastric problem came back after almost 10 years. Doctor said it was probably due to irregular meals and stress. And I'm on 2 weeks medication. Haiz!

The schedule will get worst in February with Tuition and spelling from school. :P But one thing for sure, I will have stronger and toner legs 'cause I'll be walking even more. Not too bad either. ;)

Now that my son stays in school longer, he can't snack and also has dinner much later, he wants rice everyday. Soup is a must have too. He current favourite soup is a combo of Cranberry Bean Soup and Lotus Roots Soup. He thinks Cranberry Bean Soup taste more like Lotus Roots Soup minus the powdery texture. And the combo taste the best.

  • 350g Pork Ribs
  • 100g Lotus Roots
  • 200g Cranberry Beans
  • 6 Red Dates
  • 1 piece Dried Octopus
  • 2 Litre Water

How to do it:
  1. Blanch the pork ribs.
  2. In a new pot of water, add in the pork ribs, lotus roots, red dates and dried octopus.
  3. Bring it to boil and reduce to a simmer.
  4. Continue to simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Add in the cranberries and continue to simmer for another hour
  6. Add salt to taste.

I love the beans really soft and the soup more powdery, hence I added the beans after 1 hour of simmering.


  1. yummy.. i like very light light soup

  2. this reminds me of my mom's cooking... miam miam.

  3. Hey Elaine,

    Just want to check what is cranberry beans in chinese?

  4. I must look for these 'cranberry beans' ... sounds like a really good addition for lotus root soups. Rest well and get well soon wm =)

  5. Thanks for all the comments.

    Cranberry Berry aka Pearl Bean. In Chinese is 珍珠豆

  6. Hi WokkingMum, can u please advise on 'measurement' method to brew soup? I end up having to add water at the end of 2hrs, sometimes twice. :( pls help, thanks!

    Where can i buy Cranberry Bean?

    thanks for your help!

  7. Fernzy, You can check on my post,, on the tips on making soup.
    I get my Cranberry Bean from the wet market but was told that some supermarkets have them too.