Easy Burdock Root Soup For Detoxification

Dear friends, 😀

Further to my posting earlier on the health benefits of the Burdock Root ===> CLICK HERE , I thought I would show some pictures of my Burdock Root soup as well as give you a simple recipe for it.




A Large Bowl Of Hearty, Nutritious, Detoxifying Burdock Root Soup 😀

Ingredients in picture above (clockwise) – serves 6 persons

500 gm pork ribs (or chicken) – marinated in a tbsp of soy sauce and 1/2 tsp salt

sliced burdock root (about 3 ft long when uncut, if the taste is too strong, reduce this the next time)

1 /2 cups of dried Chinese red dates

1/2 cup of wolfberries

1 carrot, sliced

2 dried honey dates

4 litres of water

Salt and white pepper to taste


Method –

Bring water to boil in a large pot. Put in all ingredients and bring to a boil again. Skim off any scum that rises to the surface.

Lower to small heat and simmer for 4 hours. If using a slow cooker, you need to simmer for 6-8 hours and use lesser water.


This soup is very sweet with a very slight tinge of bitterness from the burdock root. I served the soup with rice and other dishes during dinner, or you may just like to have this soup on its own on a cold, wintry day. Be prepared to visit the bathroom frequently after drinking this soup as it is diuretic in nature but this actually helps to remove toxins from your body. Just remember to drink more water to replenish your body fluids. 😉

Later, I will post a recipe called Chicken Stew with Burdock Root and I will give you both the Chinese and Japanese versions of it (I cooked the Chinese one for my family last week and it was delicious!) 😀

Have a wonderful weekend!

With peace and joy,

choesf 😀


7 Responses so far »

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    Stephanie said,

    Thankyou again for this recipe as well! I will definitely incorporate this soup into my cleansing and reducing plan. You really come up with some great recipes . Iam so glad I located you on the internet. Stephanie


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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome anytime, dear Stephanie! 😀

      Heheh, whenever I go shopping for vegetables and meats in the wet markets here, I like to learn new recipes, especially for improving health, from those people running those stalls. They are always willing to give us their recipes. So, in turn, I am sharing them here. I especially like to talk to the elderly ladies as they are a wealth of information on some heritage recipes for health…some of which I remember my late mother cooking and which I had forgotten now.

      Last week, I was having a really bad cough whereby whenever I am exposed to the wind from the fans or air-conditioners, I would cough non-stop for a few minutes until I am out of breath. Clearly, this is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a “wind cough.” At that time, I was on some Western cough syrup from my doctor which didn’t help at all.

      Then this elderly lady taught me to make a simple soup using mint leaves to remove the wind from my body and after consuming the soup just once, my cough became much better. Now, I only have the occasional cough now and then. This soup is also good in getting rid of migraines caused by wind in the stomach, or we have a bloated stomach from wind, or there is too much flatulence. Here is the recipe :-

      Mint Leave & Egg Soup (to remove wind in the body) – serves 1 person

      Ingredients :-

      Two bunches (about 3 cups) of mint leaves (stems removed and washed)
      1 egg (lightly beaten)
      1 clove garlic or 1 shallot (peeled and chopped finely)
      2 tbsp olive oil
      2 cups water (500ml)

      * optional – ikan bilis (dried anchovies), lean meat like chicken … for added flavour. Otherwise, the ingredients above would do very deliciously, too.

      Method :-

      1) In a pan or wok, heat up the olive oil. Put in the garlic or shallot and stirfry until aromatic, about 30 seconds or so. (If using ikan bilis or meat, put that in now and stirfry for about 1 minute)

      2) Add in the mint leaves and keep stirring for about 1 minute. This stage is to allow the goodness and benefits of the mint leaves to come out.

      3) Pour in the beaten egg all over the mint leaves and allow egg to set, like an omelette. Turn over and break up the omelette into chunks.

      4) Add in the 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes and add in enough salt and pepper to taste.

      Serve in a large soup bowl. This is so yummy and I had a bowl of mint leave soup for breakfast. 😀

      It is good to have this simple soup occasionally on its own or with rice. 💡

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


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    lilian said,

    Hi, could u blanch the pork ribs first in boiling water for 5 mins to remove the scum then apply the marinade? Or would it be better to marinade it first then skim the scum when the soup of boiling? The soup sounds good and nutritious.


    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear lilian 😀

      I posed this same question to my healer lady friend a while back – i.e. to blanch pork ribs or chicken first or not before boiling them in soups ❓

      She said blanching will remove the “oomph” of the soup taste. She said she would just skim off any scum to remove impurities as it surfaces in the soup occasionally throughout the time the soup is simmered. 💡

      So, I don’t do the blanching step. However, some people prefer their soups to be “clear” or “ching” (in Cantonese) and blanching will result in clear soups. I like my soups “thick” and strong tasting. 😆

      Burdock root is very good for removing toxins from our body. 😉

      With best wishes,

      choesf 😀


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