A Chinese Russian Soup according to the Chinese title. It’s typically cooked by loving mums who want to make sure their kids get the necessary nutrients. Normally, it is boiled with carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and chicken or beef. Typically served with alphabets shaped pasta to lure the veg-phobic kids to drink up the soup.
It is called Luo Song Tang (罗宋汤) or as my parents called it , ABC soup due to the vast variety of vitamins in it, some say it’s because of the alphabets shaped pasta.
I never had problems with this soup as it’s simply light, flavourful and full of goodness. Drop a heap of plain rice into the soup and a meal is done.
My version here is rather simplified (because those were the only ingredients at hand) and is of vegetarian. But fret not, the flavours are retained. If you prefer chicken flavour, just replace the vegetable stock with chicken one.
- about 700 ml of water
- 5 medium potatoes, cut in chunks
- 5 medium carrots, cut in chunks
- 5 shallots, cut in chunks
- 2 cloves of bashed garlic
- some ground black pepper
- salt to taste
- 1/2 tbsp of light soya sauce (optional)
- 1 Knorr’s vegetable cube stock
- a small knob of bashed ginger to add more nutritional value (optional)
- After cutting up all the vegetables, throw them all into a pot.
- Depending on your pot really, cover the vege chunks with water until at least 1.5 cm above the veg.
- Throw in a pinch of salt and some black pepper. Flatten up the stock cube and dissolve it into the water.
- Place the pot on the stove with a lid ajar, bring the contents to a boiling point then simmer through for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables rendered. Stirring occasionally, only if you bother.
- Then, season the soup accordingly.
- Serve it warm with some freshly chopped herbs on top.
Shallots and garlic brought a lot of flavours into this so-called soul soup in my world. The sweetness from carrots and shallots seasoned the soup perfectly well.
It is virtually oil-free, just make sure you drink up the liquid, that’s where all the nutrients seep into.