Lotus Root and Peanuts Soup with Pork (蓮藕花生湯)

by Yi on October 8, 2011 · 15 comments

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The leaves outside are starting to turn into beautiful colors and the fresh crispy wind is sneaking through the window with a friendly chill. Time to shake off the summer laziness and embrace the arrival of the fall season!

As the weather is getting colder each day, my appetite for hot soups is coming back again. Waking up in a cold morning, there is nothing better than having a bowl of hot soup while watching my two cute kittens play.

I know that a bowl of easy Chinese soup such as Peanut with Lotus Root Soup will always hit the spot….BUT I always find the soup alone not satisfying as the old Chinese saying: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

My tummy tells me she wants to have something more substantial, and my tummy knows well that soup goes well with the homemade baozi – Chinese steamed meat buns!!!

Since I have a hard time finding a steamed meat bun I really like here so I like to do it myself (of course that can be only done on weekends)

The key to an awesome steamed meat bun:

  1. Tasty filling that’s packed with tasty juicy meat and vegetables
  2. Fluffy and soft dough that holds the filling

One of my favorite fillings is the minced pork and napa with fresh shiitake mushroom…yummm

Folding the meat bun is an art….but enough practice will always get your there

Full Chinese steamed bun recipe coming soon…..

Lotus root, the tuber of the lotus plant, is a popular cooking ingredient in Asian cooking culture.

This starchy root vegetable is rich in fiber and nutrients. It is also full of medical values in Chinese medicine.

In Chinese cuisines, lotus root is often stir-fried, boiled in a soup, or deep fried. It can also be used for Chinese desserts and fruit candies.

This lotus root soup is healthy and absolutely delicious. The addition of dried seafood gives a nice kick in terms of flavor. Best of all, this soup is super easy to make!

Lotus Root and Peanuts Soup with Pork – Ingredients

  • 2 lb fresh lotus root (found in Asian market or farmers’ market)
  • 1.5 lb Pork bones or ribs
  • ½ cup Peanuts
  • 2 pc Dried cuttlefish or other dried seafood
  • 3 slice Ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped scallion

Lotus Root and Peanuts Soup with Pork – Step By Step

1. Clean the lotus root thoroughly and peel the skin. Soaked the peanuts and dried seafood until soft.

2. Blanche the pork in boiling water to get rid of the scum and porky smell. Set aside.

3. In a soup pot, combine the pork, peanut, dried seafood, and ginger with 8 cups of water (2 liter). Boil in medium heat for an hour.  Remove and scum that appears

4. Add the lotus root to the soup and boil for another 1 – 1.5 hours in low heat. The lotus root should be soft.  Add salt and white pepper powder to taste at the end.


Before serving, slice up the lotus roots and top with some chopped scallion.

The combination of steamed bun and lotus soup is simply unbelievable!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks really good. My kids love Chinese buns/dumplings (all kinds!) and I love lotus. I’ve tried this soup many times but I’ve never cooked it at home. Japanese usually fry lotus root or put it in simmered food, not in soup, so I’m going to try this one day. It’s nice trying something new. Thanks for the recipe!

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2 Yi November 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Thanks Nami. Chinese buns are some of my favorites. There is nothing better than freshly made steam buns for a weekend brunch!

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3 Health Bee October 15, 2011 at 1:03 am

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait for your post about steam buns.

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4 sara October 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm

That soup looks so flavorful and delicious! And love that you made your own meat buns, I will have to try that sometime! :)

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5 Yi October 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thanks Sara!

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6 Zoe October 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

This soup is very satisfying for chilly weather. Very nice.

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7 Yi October 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Hi Zoe, thanks for your visit. This soup will be much needed when the winter is really here :)

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8 Faith October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hi Yi, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving that sweet comment! Your blog is really gorgeous — love your recipes! I also like to eat soup for breakfast, especially now that the weather is turning chilly.

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9 Yi October 11, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Hi Faith, thanks for your visit!

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10 Vivienne October 10, 2011 at 7:03 am

wow, i think you guys should open up a restaurant! hahaha. seriously everything that comes outta your kitchen looks amazing! id be so happy to have the buns and lotus soup 3 meals a day :D

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11 Yi October 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

thanks Viv I am flattered. I’ll keep it as a personal interest for now :)

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12 tigerfish October 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

What a spread for breakfast! It is good to warm up to cold mornings with something so nutritious and warm.

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13 Yi October 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

haha I only have the luxury to do this on weekends though.

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14 ManCantCook October 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

never had soup for breakfast before but it sounds really delicious though….and those pork buns they look so fluffy!

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15 Yi October 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thanks! Have soup for breakfast is pretty common in China…..so is eating steamed buns :)

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