Today is one of those days that I carved something sweet. It could be a rebounce action that my body is hungering for more to sweet stuff since I put myself on diet, or I was exhausted after a long work day and I need something to make me feel good. I made Salmon for dinner. That was a quick, and easy to make. While I waited for the fish to be cooked, I boiled some water, and cut a couple of sweet potatoes, and got ready to make Sweet Potato Soup. I haven’t had this for years. I have almost forgotten about this. As I mentioned before, you don’t see too many desserts from any Chinese menus. And you shouldn’t expect to have cakes or ice-cream as Chinese desserts. Instead, most Chinese desserts are “Tong Shui”. Tong means sugar, shui means water, ie sugar water. I found it very soothing to have a bowl of Sweet Potato Ginger Soup especially in winter as the subtle heat of ginger could help to warm me up. In fact, sweet potato is very nutritious, it contains vitamin A and C and a lot of fiber that can help with bad digestion. Ginger helps with the digestive system as well. Mom always told me that ginger helps to release the gas from the body… hehheh.. you know what I mean. If you have never tried Chinese Tong Shui or sweet soup before, this is a classic one that you should try. Again, it’s super easy to make or I won’t put it here 🙂
Ingredients (Serves 2):
- Sweet Potatoes, 2 small ones
- Brown sugar, 2 Tbsp
- Water, 5 cups
- Salt, a pinch
- Put water in a pot and boil it. Use high heat.
- While you are waiting for the water to boil, cut about 7 or 8 slices of ginger. You can use less if you prefer. I like the heat 🙂 Put the ginger slices into the pot.
- Peel and cut sweet potatoes into cubes, about 1 inch length. Add them to the pot. Add a pinch of salt.
- Use high heat and bring it to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium. Let it cook for 20 minutes or so.
- Add brown sugar to the pot. Let it cook for another 5 minutes. Taste it.