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Healthy Bean Soup

It’s a soup made of different kinds of beans. It’s very healthy.

There was a period of time, I cooked regularly. My husband’s grey hairs became much less. Recently, I decided to cook it again.

Main ingredients are beans. I measured with my own hands.


A handful of Red beans

A handful of Kidney beans

A handful of red kidney beans

Half handful of Barley

Soak all the ingredients above for overnight. Barley belongs to cold food, so it should’t be used less.

When cook it, also add in

Half handful of black sesame

Half handful of walnut

6-8 red dates (cut a bit)

Some Chinese yam (Huai Shan, peeled and chopped)

Black sesame is good for hair. Walnut is good for brain. Red dates are good for skin.

Put all ingredients in a deep pot. Pour in enough water, cos it will take at least 2 hours.

My husband hates the beans. He just eats walnut, Huai Shan, drink the soup and leave all the beans. So I put a lot of water into the pot. Otherwise, the soup will be very thick. Of course, if you are Ok with it, you can add less water.

I cooked it for 3 hours. If you want it to taste sweet, you can add in sugar.


Braised Ribs with Potato & Long Beans

1. Rinse ribs under water. Then put them in a pot, pour in enough water that covers all ribs. Turn to high heat and bring to boil. Turn off the heat when ribs turn white. Rinse ribs in cold water and drain.

2. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in chopped garlic, ginger & dried red chili. Sauté till aromatic. Add drained ribs in. Fry ribs till a bit golden brown.

3. Add in 1 1/2 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp cooking wine, and 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Stir fry a bit. Pour in hot water covers ribs. Put on the lid and simmer with low heat for 20-30 mins or till water reduces half.

4. Add in potato cubes. Simmer for 10 mins. Then put in long beans. Simmer for another 8-10 mins.

5. Remove the lid. Turn to high heat and reduce the sauce.

Serve hot.

Soy Beans & Pig’s Feet Soup

Pig’s feet are very popular among women due to abundant collagen.

1. Soak soy beans in water for hours till they get a bit softened.

2. Add enough water in clay pot. ( clay pot is perfect for slow cooking dishes). Put pig’s feet in pot. Turn to high heat. When water boiled, flip pig’s feet over and braise for another minute or 2. Then turn off the heat. Take pig’s feet out. Rinse and drain. 

3. Add clean water in clay pot and put pig’s feet in again. Also put in soaked soy beans, several ginger slices, and star anise. Turn to low height. Cover the pot with lid and slow cook for 2 hours.

4. Before serving, sprinkle some salt and chopped spring onion.

My husband loves it.

French Bean Rib Stew

1. Put ribs in the pot with water covers all the ribs. Turn on the stove. When water boils, turn off.

2. Take the ribs out. Rinse and drain.

3. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in several ginger slices. Stir fry a bit. Put in ribs. Stir fry till ribs get a little golden brown.

4. Add in chopped French beans. Stir fry till French beans’ color turn darker.

5. Add in 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 1 tsp light soy sauce, 1 tsp sugar. Stir fry evenly.

6. Add in enough hot water covers all ingredients. Cover the pan with lid. Simmer for around 30 mins or when the water reduces to 1/3 of original.

7. Turn to high heat. Keep stir frying at the same time. When the sauce becomes condensed, it’s done. Or if you like, you can keep more sauce.

Stir Fry French Beans

It’s an easy and quick dish.

1. Cut French beans into medium pieces. Or you can just break them by hands.

2. Heat some oil in the pan. Put in chopped garlic and stir fry a bit.

3. Put in French beans. Stir fry till their color turns dark green.

4. Sprinkle some salt. And pour in water covers half French beans.

5. Cover the pan with lid for a while. Stir them a bit. And braise for a while till water is almost dry.

6. Add in 1 tsp oyster sauce. Quick stir fry evenly. And it’s done.