Lotus Root Soup & Red Dates Drink

Today mark the first day of Autumn. That means no more hot, sweaty and sticky weather! Hooray!

I’ve made the Lotus Root Soup (Ling Ngau Tong in Cantonese) and Red Dates Drink (Hong Chou Cha in Cantonese) a while ago. It only took me approximately 2.5 hours to prepare and cook these 2 dishes.

Here’s the recipe from RasaMalaysia.


  • 1 lb lean pork ribs (I don’t eat pork so I’ve replaced it with chicken bones)
  • 1 lotus root
  • 2 dried honey dates
  • 8-10 dried red dates
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Peanuts (optional)


Cut the pork ribs into short lengths and set aside. Peel off the skin of lotus root and cut into slices. Soak the dried honey dates and dried red dates in warm water for 5 minutes. Bring the pot of water to boil and add in all the ingredients. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour or until well cooked. Add salt to taste.

Next recipe is the Red Dates Drink. This is perfect for confinement. Different people use a different kind of ingredients to boil this drink but the main ingredient is still red dates.

Here’s my recipe. Actually it’s from my god-sister (mom’s god-daughter, Winnie).

  • 15 red dates
  • 1 stick of tong sum
  • 1 tbsp of kei chee
  • Water (I’ve put 2 mugs of water)

Boil the water and put all ingredients into the pot. Simmer for an hour and it’s ready to drink. After boiling, it makes up to 1 1/2 mugs. If you prefer a sweeter taste, put more red dates or some rock sugars.


Note: Cooked on March 2010

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