Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Yakon Kelp Soup - The Picnic Game 2013 (2)

I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing ....
E - Eton Mess
M - Ma'moul
T - Telosma Cordata Eucheuma Jelly

This is the 2nd dish I am bringing for the Picnic Game 2013 hosted by Louise of Months of Edible Celebrations.  Do hop over and have a look at her Picnic Basket.
Yakon tuber is a type of vegetable from South American. It can be eaten raw as a fruit or in salad or even cooked it.  It tastes sort of  a mix of pear, celery and apple and looks like a potato. 
Yakon is becoming popular for its health benefits which :
1) The tuber contain fructose that leave the human body undigested. Does not raise blood sugar.
2) Contains antioxidant.
3) Fights cancers.
4) High in fibers and probiotics.
5) Contains essential nutrients: iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, carotene, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B2 and Vitamin C
6) Helps cure kidney problems, obesity, hypertension, constipation, hypertension, arthritis and insomia
7) It has 60% to 70% inulin responsible for maintaining blood glucose.

Whereas Kelps are large seaweeds (algae) belonging to the brown algae (Phaeophyceae) in the order Laminariales. There are about 30 different genera.  I had mentioned its benefits in Kelp (Seaweed) Chicken Soup.  So, when yakon is combined with kelp, you can imagine how nutritious and healthy this soup is!
Ingredients :
- 1 free range chicken (cut and blanched)
- 1 yakon tuber (peeled and sliced)
- 1 bowl of kelp (washed, soaked, rinsed, cut)
- 2 thumb sized ginger (crushed)
- sea salt (to taste)
- water
Method :
1)  Put yakon, kelp and ginger into a pot of water and boil.
2)  Add chicken and boil over medium high heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
3)  Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 2 hours or until the kelp is soft.
4)  Season with sea salt and serve hot.
This is a very nutritious and healthy soup.  Moreover, it is so easy to prepare.
You can add any ingredients you like such as tomatoes, red dates, Chinese Wolfberries or basil.  This time I prefer just a simple soup as the yakon itself is already sweet!  Hope you like it :)


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35 comments:

  1. Morning Ivy,
    Love soups , this is a must try , looks so yummy .

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    1. Hi Nee,
      Happy morning to you. Over here (Malaysia) it's already 10.07pm. About to go to bed as haven't been feeling well today due to the hot and very hazy weather.
      Yes, this soup is refreshing and yummy cos' yakon itself is delicious. Give this a try.
      Cheers!

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  2. Hi Ivy,

    This may just be the kind of soup we need at the picnic because we are going to stuffing our tummies with oh so many goodies. I have never heard of Yakon so I am now very curious. Can't wait to try it at the picnic.

    I do hope you will be feeling better for the picnic. Get some rest and we'll see you there!

    Thank you so much for toting two letters to the Picnic Game. We are going to have so much FUN!

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    1. Hi Louise,
      Thanks so much for giving me a chance to join your picnic. Yakon is a very healthy tuber food and in fact I was first introduced to Yakon by a salesgirl in a supermarket. Then, I goggled for it and was so attracted by its benefits. Since then, I like it!

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  3. Hi Ivy,
    I am learning yet another ingredient which I have never heard of before! And this is a wonderful nutritious soup!
    I'm coming with an empty bowl to your corner!

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      You can get Yakon from the supermarket.
      Oh yeah, bring an extra large empty bowl and a container for take-away too, if you don't mind! :)

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  4. wow ivy dear,
    ni first time akak jumpa resepi ni..tapi tak sure boleh jumpa bahan2 tu...macam tak pernah nampak la, kat tesco ada tak agaknya?

    you ni creative la dear...makanan ni sesuai dimakan masa cuaca panas kan?
    eh, akak ni memandai2 jer ekekeke...

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    1. Queenie dear,
      Kak boleh dapat di Tesco, Carrefour or Jaya Jusco. kali ini I dapat kat NSK Selayang. memang suai untuk cuaca panas dan sedap juga :)

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  5. ivy, you cakap without wv ada hantu2 buat hal tak senonoh? euww..ngerinya...tapi macam mana tu ivy? akak tak faham la...

    takper la ivy, kalau camtu elok la letak semula WV tu...payah jugak kalau ada penyangak kacau kan?
    hmm..macam2 hal la manusia kan?

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    1. Ya, Queenie, sekarang without WV but with moderation. So, tak ada lah hantu automated software commented perkara yang tak senonoh. Robot, not human yang comment, hahaha..

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    2. owh okay..thanks dear..baru la akak faham...

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  6. Wow! What an interesting post! Never heard of Yakon Tuber before & looks good in soup too! Sedap! ;)

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    1. Ki Kit, this soup is very refreshing and sedap. Don't worry, bring your big bowl for the picnic. I reserve one for you, Kit :)

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  7. what a lovely soup - just what a picnic needs to keep us all nice and healthy

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    1. Hi Johanna, I reserve for you too. Just bring a big empty bowl to the picnic. hahaha :)

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  8. I have never heard of yakon tuber...wow, I learn something all the time from other food bloggers!

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    1. Hi Tina, you can try to get it from your nearby supermarket. It can be eaten raw too.
      Thanks for visiting my humble blog :)

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  9. Hi Ivy, sorry I am late visiting you. You have very good recipes here and some are pretty healthy like this one. Sounds like a soup I would enjoy but I am not familiar with yakon.

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    1. Hi Phong Hong,
      thanks for visiting my humble blog. No apologies pls.. :)
      In fact all my recipes are very simple and everybody can just do it. Frankly speaking I can only do simple cooking and now only starting to try a bit of complicating ones after seeing all the yummy dishes prepared by you all. And when comes to baking, alamak, I am hopeless :( Anyway, will give baking a try soon :)
      You can get Yakon at some major supermarkets eg Tesco, Cold Storage, Jaya Jusco.... For this round, I got it from NSK Selayang. Frankly speaking, not easy to get it. So, whenever I happened to see it, I would just grab it!

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  10. I have never heard of Yakon before--what a perfect idea for the letter "y" Thanks for bringing something healthy to the picnic; I really need it after testing all those ice cream sandwiches ;-)

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    1. Hi Wilkerson, I need you to reserve your ice cream sandwiches for me. I know it's fantastic and I'm going to love it.
      By the way, I love your blog very much. It's so informative and I know I'm going to learn a lot from your blog. Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. This looks fantastic. Great post!

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  12. Ivy your soup sounds delicious and really original I want try!!

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  13. didnt know the benefits of yukon! thanks so much for the info. Pls cook a big pot for the 'picnic'!

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    1. Don't worry Lena. Already reserve one big bowl for you :) Initially I didn't realiss of its benefits too until I goggled for its info.

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  14. Oh my, this is the first time seeing such soup mixture. I really enjoy this kind of sea weed a lot. It's highly recommended in most Korean food & soup. I wonder if I allowed to bring this home with me as well??? I mean 'ta bao'. haha....
    have fun!
    Cheers, Kristy

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    1. Yes, Kristy, by all means. If this is not enough to 'ta pao', don't worry, will cook another big pot for you and your family :)Hope your family love this soup as it is very healthy too.

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  15. Hi, I've never tried this soup before. Mmm.... will give it a try.

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    1. Cheah, give this a try. It is healthy and nutritious :)

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  16. That sounds fabulous. I hope I can find the ingredients.

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  17. Hi -- Thanks for visiting my blog during Louise's picnic game, and congratulations for thinking of such a subtle and unusual contribution for the letter "y".

    I'm back to reading blogs after a trip to Paris -- and also finishing up my reports on what I ate and did there.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, thanks for visiting my humble blog. Do enjoy your weekend :)

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