I cook this soup regularly for my children. The roots of the peanut plants are known to be very strengthening. Traditionally, many mothers believe that regular consumption of this soup can help growing kids grow taller and give them strong muscles.Cleaning the roots is the time consuming part for the preparation of this soup. Soil clings to the roots and you will need to soak and scrub them. I use a toothbrush.
When you buy peanut roots from the market, it comes with leaves and stems which are not required. We only want the roots and peanuts. I usually buy about 800g to 1 kg (including stem and leaves) for the whole family. Adults love this soup too.
Recipe adapted from The Healthy Family Cookbook by Cecilia Tan
Peanut Root and Pork Rib Soup (serves 4)
250g or more Peanut Roots (excluding stem and leaves)
250g Pork Rib
1 handful of red dates
1-2 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Soak, scrub and rinse the roots many times to remove all dirt and grit.
2. Blanch the pork rib in some boiling water to remove bad taste and blood. Discard water.
3. Bring 1500ml of water to boil, add all ingredients and bring to boil at medium heat. Once it boils, simmer for about 3 hours or longer.