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Healthy Food

Clear Soup with Chicken Bones and Wild Spinach

Story

Clear Soup is a menu that has been influenced by Chinese cuisine and culture and it is believed that it was adapted from an old Chinese soup dish. It is one of many traditional Chinese dishes that were created as holistic or healthy foods way back in the past. Whenever a Chinese family eats, there must always be soup on the side to sip.

Chinese soup is very similar to Thai soup and there are countless variations such as ‘Phe Chai Tung’, meaning white cabbage soup ,or ‘Tung Hung Thung’, vermicelli soup. The Chinese soup is stewed with pork bones spices are added for an enticing aroma. The soup is also nutritious and has many health benefits.

Later, when the soup came to Thailand, the formula had been improved to suit the palates of Thai people while retaining its health benefits. Thai have customized the dish endlessly and enjoy it with vermicelli, stuffed squid, tofu, and spinach.

Health Benefits

‘Clear Soup with Chicken Bones and Wild Spinach’ is a delicious dish with a sweet, mellow flavor that is easy to make. Spinach is a vegetable that is easy to find, inexpensive, and has a pleasant taste and texture. When it is boiled into a soup, it becomes even sweeter.

  • ‘Spinach’ provides iron to boost the immune system of the body.*
  • ‘Garlic’ is rich in allicin which enhances the innate and adaptive immunity.**
  • ‘Pepper’ contains piperine which helps antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory effects.***
  • ‘Carrot’ is rich in beta-carotene and has an immune modulator and antioxidant effect.****
  • ‘Shiitake mushroom’ contains the amino acid iritadinine which helps relieve cold symptoms.*****
  • ‘Chinese celery’ contains antioxidants that help fight inflammation, promote immune function, reduce inflammation in lupus (Lupus), rheumatoid, asthma, lung disease, and helps relieve joint pain, headache, menstrual cramps. as well as prevent and reduce the risk of cancer.

Ingredients

  • wild spinach 50 gr
  • minced pork 100 gr
  • chopped garlic 5 gr
  • coriander root 2 gr
  • chinese celery 5 gr
  • shiitake mushroom 5 gr
  • carrot 20 gr
  • soy sauce 5 gr
  • white pepper 1 gr
  • chicken stock 500 gr

Directions

Add the coriander root, garlic and pepper to a pot of boiling water.

Add the minced pork, boil until cooked through and flavour with soy sauce.

Add the wild spinach and other vegetables and boil until cooked.

Remove from heat and serve.

Reference
* Hamilton, Richart (2015). Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2015 Deluxe Lab-Coat Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 217. ISBN 9781284057560.
** Moutia M, et al. Review Article In Vitro and In Vivo Immunomodulatory Activities of Allium sativum L. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2018; Article ID 4984659.https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4984659
*** Tasleem F, Azhar I, Ali SN, Perveen S, Mahmood ZA. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of Piper nigrum L. Asian Pacific journal of tropical medicine. 2014;7(Suppl 1):S461-S468.
**** Kawata A, et al. Anti-inflammatory Activity of β-Carotene, Lycopene and Tri-n-butylborane, a Scavenger of Reactive Oxygen Species. In Vivo. 2018; 32(2): 255–64
***** Boonthida Marakul. Mushrooms, a food source with health benefits. https://pharmacy.mahidol.ac.th/th/knowledge/article/