New Year Daikon Soup 新年蘿蔔湯

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Come celebrate Chinese New Year with me. We will ring in the Chinese New Year with fabulous dishes that are holidays worthy but easy to prepare. Even the difficult ones are seemingly effortless.

Traditionally Chinese people like to make good-luck soups with pork ribs, lotus root, dried mushroom, dried oyster and dried bean paste. It is rich and tasty to some people but a little bit old fashioned to others. I actually like the soup a lot. Unfortunately I can’t get those special ingredients locally. Chinatown is 4 hours drive from home.

Well, I am a skilled homecook. I create my own tradition and make daikon soup instead. Daikons, carrots and radishes are widely available in the local stores. They are at their best in the winter time. Daikon is rich in potassium, vitamin C and folate, and is a good source of calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. Chinese daikon or turnip is a popular vegetable in Asian cuisine. People like to make turnip cakes 蘿蔔糕 as good-luck food to celebrate Chinese New Year.

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New Year Daikon Soup 新年蘿蔔湯

Lightly season chicken with salt and black pepper, 1 teaspoon Chinese wine and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, mix well. Slightly brown the chicken in a frying pan until fragrant. Optional: add 1 tablespoon chopped onion, stir, stir, put aside.

Add oil in a large pan or soup pot, wait until hot. Saute onion, celery, garlic and ginger, add a pinch of salt, cook until fragrant. Add daikon and carrot, also add a little salt, black pepper, and 1/2 tablespoon Chinese wine, stir and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken, mix with vegetables, cook 5 more minutes. Add chicken broth and hot water as needed for the soup. Bring to a boil, skim off extra fat and foams surfacing on top.

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Cover the pot, leave a small gap. Cook on medium heat for 45 minutes until vegetables soften and soup mellowed. Stir as needed.

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This is a great soup for everyday meal and holidays. The rich, sweet bold flavor is insanely delicious and comforting, the healthy nutrients are good for you in the cold weather. A big bowl of steamy chicken daikon soup keeps me warm in the winter. See, I am feeling lucky already. It works.

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Print recipe:

New Year Daikon Soup 新年蘿蔔湯

  • Servings: 5 to 6 | Recipe by Leslie at Soups Ahoy
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Ingredients and Instructions

3 chicken thighs, cut into small chunks  (okay to use chicken breast, beef or pork)
1 medium Chinese daikon or turnip  (lo bok 白蘿蔔) peeled, cut into small chunks
3 regular carrots, peeled, cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons fresh ginger slices, 1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, 3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth, low sodium
5 to 7 cups water needed for soup, cook until hot

Lightly season chicken with salt and black pepper, 1 teaspoon Chinese wine and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, mix well. Slightly brown the chicken in a frying pan until fragrant. Optional: add 1 tablespoon chopped onion, stir, stir, put aside.

Add oil in a large pan or soup pot, wait until hot. Saute onion, celery, garlic and ginger, add a pinch of salt, cook until fragrant. Add daikon and carrot, also add a little salt, black pepper, and 1/2 tablespoon Chinese wine, stir and cook 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken, mix with vegetables, cook 5 more minutes. Add chicken broth and hot water as needed for the soup. Bring to a boil, skim off extra fat and foams surfacing on top.

Cover the pot, leave a small gap. Cook on medium heat for 45 minutes until vegetables soften and soup mellowed. Stir as needed.

This is a great soup for everyday meal and holidays. The rich, sweet bold flavor is insanely delicious and comforting, the healthy nutrients are good for you in the cold weather. A big bowl of steamy chicken daikon soup keeps me warm in the winter. I am feeling lucky already.


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