Ready : 3-4 hr [Prep : 20 mins † Cooking : 3-4 hrs † Not Inclusive Of Soaking Time]
Serve : 4 with other dishes
Generic : Boil/Simmer
Level : Easy
Idle : 3-4 hrs Printable Recipe.
“An Absolutely Hearty And Delicious Soup”
One of the simplest soup to prepare but absolutely hearty and delicious when it is done. Choy Kon is actually “dehydrated Pak Choy”. There is a huge contrast when U compare the flavors of the fresh and dried Pak Choy. The fresh ones is juicy, slightly astringent, with a sweet bitterness that most leafy greens have but the dried Pak Choy however, has an interesting deep earthy umami flavor. It’s also really fragrant. Once boiled, it becomes tender, chewy and stringy. Ingredients wise is bare minimal, just Choy Kon, some Red Dates and Lean Meats/Bones (really, these are all you need) but you can add dried Cuttlefish and Oysters to enhance the flavors. Here’s The Viand’s version of, “Choy Kon Tong (Dehydrated Vegetables Soup)“
- Choy Kon. Red Dates and Dried Oysters (both soaked in warm water) and lean Meats/Bones.
- Salt and Sugar. All to taste. *** Note : Just dash of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice/sauce – no rocket scientific measurement here. Always taste your Seasoning !!!
- Step 1 : Start by soaking the Choy Kon in water for at least a couple of hrs. Rinse and squeeze a couple of times – to get rid of the access earthly taste and dark color. It is absolutely imperative that U do this – to get rid of any sand/impurities and soften the Choy Kon.
When this is done, the Choy Kon should soften and lighter in color. If the leaves are bunched/stick together, try unfolding them. If this step is not done properly, U’ll get a pot of black ink soup with sandy sediment..haha. Get rid of the base of the stem – can be tough. Cut into abt 2 inches length. Set aside.
- Step 2 : Brown/sear the Meats/Bones a little.
Add water and bring to boil. Skim off any bits and pieces of impurities and excess oil on the surface.
- Step 3 : Add the rest of the Ingredients and bring it to boil and simmer for at least 3-4 hrs. Seasoned with Salt and Sugar to taste.
That’s it ! Your bowl of hearty warm and delicious “Choy Kon Tong” is ready to be served hot.