- Meat – trim off any excess and membrane. Smashed Ginger and Garlic (get the roasted type).
Any green Vegetables and mushrooms as side dish. The VianD used fresh Shiitake and Enoki Mushrooms.
If U r using Dried Shiitake Mushroom – soak over-nite and destemmed.
- SaPre-packed herbal mixture. Salt, Sugar and good quality Light soy – U need quite a generous amount of this as this will formed part of the soup-base. 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 (no rocket scientific measurement here). Always taste your Seasoning !!!
Preparing the soup and meat
Start by blanching all the Meat in hot boiling water for abt 5-mins – to get rid of any impurities. Set aside.
Bring a pot of water to boil – this will be ur soup. Add the Herbal-mixture, a generous amount of Light Soy, Garlic and Ginger. Add in the blanched Meat and simmer till meat soft – abt 1-2 hrs, depending of the heat, size of the meat/what kind of meat and ur preference level of softness.
To test for preference softness, simply poke the Meat with a chopstick. Dish out the meat when U r happy with the level of softness, set aside. Continue to simmer the soup for abt another 30-mins, so that the pre-packed herbal mixture can further flavour the soup. Sieved the soup when its done.
U can boil the meat and soup in advance. Simply reboil when ready to serve.
Preparing the side condiments of Green Veggie and Mushroom
Veggies – Simply blanch Greens in hot boiling water for abt 2-3-mins. Drizzle with cooking oil or if U like saute, some Garlic oil and Light soy. It’s done.
Dried Shiitake Mushrooms – While U can simply dump the Mushrooms to boil together with the meat but if U want good soft, tender and smooth Mushrooms, here’s how U do it.
Simply boil with water (in medium/high heat) with a piece smashed Ginger till Mushrooms soften and sauce slightly thickened – abt 45-60 mins. Season with Salt, Sugar and Oyster sauce to taste. It’s done.
If U R using fresh Shiitake and Enoki Mushrooms like The VianD is doing here. U do not need to do anything, except simply clean them. Simply dump them into the hot boiling soup for a few mins and U R good to go.
Bear in mind that dried and fresh mushroom gives U a totally different profile of flavours and texture, but both taste good!
Serve hot and I mean boiling hot soup!!!