I was lamenting to hubby one day that it must have been moons since I last drank Harm Choy Tong (Pickled Mustard Cabbage Soup in Cantonese) as my mom had stopped cooking that at home for years. According to one sinseh, this pickled mustard cabbage is bad for her knees. Sighhh...
One day, we were eating at Fock Kee. Hubby asked me how come I didn't order Harm Choy Tong hahaha... I said I can make them myself. Moreover, Fock Kee serves complimentary soups for dinner :p. So the next day, I went to the market to grab some harm choy, tomatoes, soft tofu and some lean meat. I'm gonna use the guan tong (quick boil soup) instead of the poe tong method which required longer hours on the stove. Apparently, there are 2 types of harm choy, one is for stir-fries that I noticed it's darker in colour and have leaves on them. The other type that looked like this is meant for soups. Hmmm yum yum...
Easy peasy to cook this. Mince the lean meat and marinade with some soy sauce, white pepper, a dollop of sesame oil and a wee bit of corn flour. Set aside.
Wash and soak the harm choy for a while, I did mine about 10 mins. Do not need to soak too long, otherwise the harm choy will not taste intense. In a pot of boiling water, chuck in the harm choy and quartered tomatoes. Do not add in too much tomatoes if you do not like it too sourish. Boil for about half an hour (might need longer if the harm choy are thick) or until the harm choy is cooked throughly, else it will still taste errrr kinda salty and pickled.
Next, form the minced meat into balls using a spoon and drop them into the soup. Let them cook thru. Carefully pierce the bottom of the soft tofu container with a needle (before peeling off the cover) so that it can slide out perfectly onto a plate. Gently rinse with water and cut into large chunks. Taste the soup now and adjust with salt if needed. Slowly slide in the tofu chunks and let it boil for about 2 mins and turn off the fire.
Scoop into a bowl and drink to your heart content! Well, I did... very satisfying indeed.
p.s.: BTW, it's almost virtually fat free, well aside from whatever contained in the lean meat!
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