Monday, January 4, 2010

Chinese Red Date Soup

My hubby was feeling a little under the weather so I made Red Date Soup for him.

Red Date Soup is a Chinese sweet soup that is typically made for dessert or for health purposes.  Red dates (also known as jujubes) have many health benefits.  Below are just a few of the many health benefits:
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Increases blood flow
  • Aids in digestion
  • Protects the liver from toxins and the ill effects of free radicals 
  • Calms the mind
  • Soothes the stomach
This recipe also calls for brown sugar candy, which can be found in your local Asian grocery store (see picture below).  This dessert is simple to make, sweet, AND good for you.  What could be better?  Give it a try!

Red Date Soup

1 thumb size piece of ginger, peeled
20 Chinese red dates (seeded)
1 piece of brown candy
8 cups of water

Soak the red dates in a bowl of hot water for at least 30 minutes.  Drain the water and rinse thoroughly.

Boil water in a large pot.  Once the water has come to a boil, place the ginger, red dates, and brown candy in the pot.  Turn the heat down to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. 

Serve hot..

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