Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sweet Potato Ginger Soup




I am finally back to our sunny hazy island after almost 3 weeks! Through Facebook and the many whatsapp messages, I came to know that Singapore and Malaysia were covered by a thick blanket of haze 2 weeks ago and the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit several new record high!

My family and I were lucky to have escaped that. Although I could still feel some discomfort in my eyes and throat the moment I touched down two days ago, I was told that the worst was over (hopefully) and last weekend was the sunniest for the past weeks.

While recovering from the jet lag, I am also cracking my head over the dishes to cook and post for this month's Little Thumbs Up (LTU) event which I am hosting. With the harsh weather condition still lingering, I thought it would be a good idea to have some clear sweet potato ginger soup to kickstart the event.

Humble sweet potato boiled in fresh ginger and pandan leaves was one of the many hot desserts I grew up eating. On Sundays when everyone was at home, Grandma would usually fry a big wok of bee hoon (rice vermicelli) or yellow noodle and boiled a big pot of this sweet potato soup for our lunch. Simple and economical but the dishes that she prepared fed the entire family well.

Besides the fond childhood memories, I love this homely comfort hot dessert soup for the sweetness of the sweet potato, the pandan leaves aroma and the spicy kick from the ginger slices. Try it!

Ingredients

2-3 medium sweet potatoes 
2 inches fresh ginger, skinned and sliced
3-4 pandan leaves, knotted
4 cups water (about 1 litre)
60g rock sugar (to your preference)

Method

Peel, wash and chop sweet potatoes into big chunks.

Bring water in a pot to a boil. Add the remaining ingredients except the sugar.

Bring to a boil again and add rock sugar to your liking. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes with lid on.

Serve hot.












I am submitting this post to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids

I am the host for this month's event and Ginger is the theme for July. You can join in the fun and contribute your recipes here.



41 comments:

  1. Lucky you, came home when the worst was over. Ya, my mum would cook this sometimes - supposed to be cooling and the ginger would help tone it down a bit in case one ends up with a "cold cough".

    I love sweet potatoes in porridge too - Taiwan style, they say. First had that at a Taiwanese restaurant at Orchard Road in Singapore in 1973 - of course, it's no longer there. Ancient history.

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    1. Oh yes! We all grew up eating and loving sweet potato!

      I have no idea which Taiwanese Restaurant in Orchard Road you are referring to! But there are still quite good Taiwanese porride stalls around. Come visit me and I promise to bring you around!

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  2. Hi my Godson, welcome home. Good to see you again. I love sweet potato soup, yours look so inviting. Later you drop by bring some over to my blog. LOL

    Have a great day ahead,regards.

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    1. Hey God-mum! How are you? :D

      Lots of reading to catch up and will be visiting you soon!

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  3. Uiks, Amelia claiming you as her Godson? Hee..hee...welcome back, lucky you escaped the haze. It was pretty bad last week. Could see the smoky air all around and the burning smell was quiet strong.

    This sweet potato ginger soup is very refreshing and I would take it cold :)Yummy!

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    1. Haha... PH! I know I know... for someone who is celebrating her 29th-ish birthday for the the 21st time to have a godson turning 40!! But who cares?! As long as we are happy! :D

      I usually have the sweet potato soup hot as I like the heat from the soup and the ginger! Would like to try the cold version.

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    2. Hi Godson, your not so young, not so old Godmum calling....LOL
      Life is short....you're right as long as we happy and having some cyber fun, who cares.... and age is just a number.

      This is one way to keep our self stay young at heart always and prevent wrinkles. LOL

      Have a nice day... I wanna go home check see if the guy in white swimming trunk will knock on my door... muuaaaahhhhh......

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  4. And i was just wondering the other day whre in the world is Alvin, why so quiet of late? :p. traisping around the big apple thats rite :). This ginger sweet potato soup is perfect timing - i'm suffering from the delayed effects of the haze now - stuffy nose, itchy throat, cough. Good time to boil a pot of this.

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    1. Hi Esther! MIA for a while... Had a great trip to US and Canada with the family!

      You take care!

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  5. Your sweet potato ginger soup reminds me of home :) Definitely simple but heartwarming. Hopefully, I can cook something up with ginger to join you and the rest for this Thumbs Up!

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  6. I love this, and coincidentally, I am cooking this today! Thinking hard of what ginger dishes to make for LTU :)

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    1. Really? Do you cook the sweet potato soup the same way? Looking forward to reading your LTU post!

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  7. Hi Alvin, my mum used to make this tong sui for us too. Ginger based syrup is one of my favs cos it's so warming.

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    1. Oh yes Yen! I love ginger based syrup! Another favourite of mine is glutinous rice dumpling in ginger syrup!

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  8. Hi Alvin, this is a warm and homely tong sui. Our family favourite too :)
    Okay,will try to cook something with ginger to join LTU!

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  9. Bro, welcome back ! this is exactly how I cook the sweet potato soup too ! and must add ginger too!

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  10. Hi Alvin,
    This is so comforting! We usually have it on lazy weekend afternoons. I'll be linking something to ginger theme soon.

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  11. Hi Alvin,

    Welcome back to Singapore and blogging! How was USA? We heard a lot from Singapore about the haze but now they have moved their focus now to Gordon Ramsay - LOL!

    This sweet potato ginger soup looks very comforting to eat. For sure, this will be good for jet lag recovery.

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! I spent most part of my holidays in Canada and I really like Quebec City for its old European town feeling!

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  12. Hi Alvin,
    This is such a warm and comfort dessert.
    I love this kind of dessert with tang yuan added too that will be extra yum ... LoL

    I will post mine today.
    Thank for hosting ^_^
    mui

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    1. Oh yes Doreen! I love the glutinous rice dumpling in ginger syrup too! Looking forward to seeing your post!

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  13. Hi, this is something i grew up with too, nice dessert. A humble dessert brought to another level with your lovely clicks :)

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    1. Hi Hi! Welcome to my space and thank you for your kind comment!

      Do join us in the Little Thumb Up event! :D

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  14. Welcome back. Haze at your place and my place gone with the wind. Your Tong Sui so delicious. My mother occasionally still boil this for us. :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! Most of us grew up having this soup.

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  15. Hi Alvin,
    This is also my usual way of cooking sweet potatoes dessert. I usually add a lot of ginger and my girls would start to give me a long face. They can't take too much ginger; too hot - that's what they claimed!

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    1. Ha Ivy! My kids dislike ginger too. But like you, I love more ginger in my soup!

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  16. Awesome recipe, Alvin! This certainly reminds me of my childhood too. Have to admit I haven't had this in the longest years.....

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    1. Hi Shirley! What are you waiting for? :D

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  17. Alvin , glad that your back in the haze-free Singapore lol Sweet potato ginger soup is quiet popular here during winter but of course summer is just as good to slurp it ;D

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    1. Thanks Anne! My timing was almost perfect!

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  18. Ipoh was also affected by the haze but good that it was only for 2 days..then the rain came..but this afternoon, there was a little haze too. Just want to chk with you, can i submit a stir fry dish with ginger, not really a main ingredient but just a small portion of the ingredients?

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    1. Hi Lena! Hope the Ipoh sky is clear by now!

      Of course you can! If you go through the list of posts, ginger is not the main ingredient in some of the recipes too!

      It's more for the fun! Do not think too much about the "rules"... Looking fwd to seeing your post(s)!

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  19. Looks like the Ipoh haze is back again. This morning wasn't very encouraging but it's clearing slightly now. I love this 'tong sui' especially with lots of ginger and daun pandan. Nice clicks :)

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  20. Oh I remembered this dessert. Used to have these a lot prepared by my Mum. "Chiak liang" she would usually say, to cool down our heaty body system. Love the way you brought out the vibrant orange colour of the sweet potatoes and the clear syrup. I'm definitely thumbing up to this lovely recipe - very nostalgic, indeed ;-)

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