Abrus Cantoniensis and Pork Spleen Soup

(Last Updated on June 11, 2024 by Amiee)

The people of Guangdong have a deep-seated love for soup, which is influenced by historical, cultural, and climatic factors.

Historical Reasons

  1. Culinary Tradition: The culinary culture of Guangdong is ancient, with soup being a vital part of it for thousands of years. Ancient texts like the “Book of Rites” and “Huangdi Neijing” mention soup, indicating its significant role in the lives of ancient Chinese people. Guangdong people have inherited this tradition, making soup an essential part of their daily diet.
  2. Influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): According to TCM, soups have nourishing and body-regulating properties. Guangdong people value “food therapy,” using diet to maintain health. Guangdong soups are rich in ingredients; for instance, the traditional slow-cooked soups often use various medicinal herbs and foods, which help regulate the body and enhance health.

Climatic Reasons

Humid and Hot Climate: Guangdong is located in a subtropical region with a humid and hot climate. Such weather can cause fatigue and digestive burdens, making people prone to conditions associated with damp-heat. Drinking soup can help clear heat, detoxify, and invigorate the spleen and stomach, alleviating discomfort caused by the humid climate.

Cultural Customs

Dietary Habits: Guangdong people prefer a diet that is “light and fresh,” and soups perfectly match this preference. Slow-cooking soups allows the essence of the ingredients to be fully released, resulting in a light and delicious flavor that aligns with the taste preferences of Guangdong people.

Abrus cantoniensis and Pork Spleen Soup is a traditional soup with rich Guangdong characteristics. Guangdong people emphasize dietary health, and this soup is very common in Guangdong households.

Abrus cantoniensis is a traditional Chinese medicine, mainly grown in Guangdong, Guangxi, and other places. It has good heat clearing, dampness reducing, and detoxifying effects.
Since the climate in Guangdong is warm, hot, and humid, people like to use it to make soup.
To regulate the body. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, abrus cantaloupe is neutral in nature, sweet and slightly bitter taste, belongs to the liver and stomach meridian.

It removes dampness, remove jaundice, and is good for the liver. According to the traditional concept, pork spleen has the function of tonifying the human spleen.It can strengthen the spleen and is good for indigestion. Also added tangerine peel, red beans, and gorgon seeds. Tangerine peel promotes qi, red bean removes dampness, and gorgon nourishes the kidney and spleen.

INGREDIENTS

  • Pork spleen, 200 g
  • Lean pork, 100 g
  • Red beans, 15 g
  • Gorgon seeds, 10 g
  • Tangerine peel, 2 pieces
  • Water, 2000 ml

Instructions 

1. Cut the pork spleen into strips

2. Blanch the pork spleen

3. Blanch the lean pork

4. Wash the abrus cantoniensis

5.Add all the ingredients to the pot, add 2000 ml water, cover and cook over low heat for 2 hours.

6. Add a pinch of salt to the soup.

7. The soup is ready.

Abrus Cantoniensis and Pork Spleen Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Two pots for boiling

Ingredients
  

  • Pork spleen, 200 g
  • Lean pork, 100 g
  • Red beans, 15 g
  • Gorgon seeds, 10 g*
  • Tangerine peel, 2 pieces
  • Water, 2000 ml

Instructions
 

  • Cut the pork spleen into strips
  • Blanch the pork spleen
  • Blanch the lean pork
  • Wash the abrus cantoniensis
  • Add all the ingredients to the pot, add 2000 ml water, cover and cook over low heat for 2 hours.
  • Add a pinch of salt to the soup
  • The soup is ready.

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