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Getting it right: Asian vegetables for soup

Asian soups are versatile in that they can work as part of a meal but it can also be the entire meal. Picking the right Asian vegetables for soup is the most crucial part of the process. But what kind of vegetables should you add? And how many? And for how long should they cook? Here are some easy tips to get the right Asian vegetables for soup.

 

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The first step to getting the right Asian vegetables for soup would be to throw in some carrots, bokchoy, wombok, Chinese chives, daikon radishes, snowpeas, tomatoes (canned or fresh), shredded cabbage, mushrooms, watercress… anything, really! You can even be adventurous and try adding some fruits such as apple or pineapple too.

 

Here are a few guidelines to follow while adding Asian vegetables for soup. Swear by these and you will never go wrong again.

Asian Vegetables for Soup: Balance the Flavours

It’s a good idea to pick Asian vegetables that go well together. For instance, if you add some bitter vegetables, such as bitter gourd, daikon radishes, bokchoy, or choysum, try to balance it out with sweet vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, or snow peas.

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Asian Vegetables for Soup: Avoid Overcooking the Asian Vegetables

It’s simple! Just figure out how long each Asian vegetable needs to cook for. Add the veggies that need to cook the longest first. Allow them to cook for a bit before working your way in to adding the vegetables that take the least amount of time to cook.

Note: Carrots, lotus root and potatoes are a few veggies that take long to cook.

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Asian Vegetables for Soup: Use Bite-Sized Pieces

Asian soup is all about blending the right flavours and textures. If you use smaller vegetable chunks, you can fit a few different kinds on a spoon and get a fuller and tastier experience! Smaller vegetable pieces also cook faster, so it cuts down your dinner preparation time.

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Asian Vegetables for Soup: Make Sure There’s Enough Broth

If you want a lighter soup, add fewer veggies. If you want an Asian soup that’s more of a meal, pack it full of vegetables so that each spoonful is full of scrumptious veggies.

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Whether you’re looking to make the soup a part of your meal or serve the soup as a meal in itself, you now have the right tips in hand to make sure that you pick the right Asian vegetables for soup.

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