Thursday, July 14, 2011

Australia Sweet Potato Sweet Soup/Tong Sui

What are so special about these Australia sweet potatoes ??? Nothing so special , just that they are the australian specie :)  I thought they were, maybe different  in texture, sweeter or more fluffy than our local ones but no they tasted the same except one thing I noticed...they are more firm in texture and I like it. Local ones get soft fast and breaks up easily but this one remains firm yet soft and fluffy and the soup remains clear :)   I woke up at 6am and had a sudden craving for some sweet soup or ' tong sui ' as the chinese called it....and guess what......

I ran to the garden , still dark and one can smell the haze, gosh was bad , quickly cut a few blades of screwpines, tie into knots and throw them  into a pot of boiling water.  Shave the potato clean of their skin, cut into cubes drop them into the pot all in half an hour.  Not to forget ,  I added in a knob of old ginger . Boy, the scent of ginger and screwpine is truly a wonderful blend.   Simmer them under medium heat with lid on.

Went for my bath while it was still simmering in the pot .  The wonderful scent of screwpine and ginger wafting out from the kitchen into the dining hall ..makes me hungry!!!  Mmmmm ..I can't wait to eat them :)  I quickly add in the palm sugar and red dates and dried longan into the sweet soup.  Simmering under low heat for another40 mins till it was time to leave for office.  Not forgetting my faithful tasters  Claire and a few others in the office....I poured half of the sweet soup into a tiffin carrier, knowing this sweet soup will be welcomed with open arms.   Santarina  Elin came and delivered the sweet soup for them....who wouldn't be and sweet...awww what a sweet start for a Wednesday morning !!! I also wish someone would surprise me with something sweet in the morning one day....LOL!  :p

bought these Australia sweet potatoes from Tesco....

the look like carrots alright.... :O

a bowl of sweetness to start the morning...this is for
Wild Boar of course....hahaha 

love the dried longan and red dates in the sweet potato soup
it makes the soup more flavorful and tasty......

Australia Sweet Potato Sweet Soup/Tong Sui

Ingredients :

1/2 kg Australia Sweet Potatoes - pared and cut into cubes
1/2 cup of dried longan 
1/3 cup of red dates

a knob of old ginger - crushed
3 blades of screwpine leaves - tie into a  knot
palm sugar * according to your taste 

2 litres of water

Method -

When the water boils, add in the ginger, screwpine leaves, and the sweet potato cubes.  Simmer under medium heat for 1/2 hour, add in the rest of the ingredients - longan, red dates and palm sugar...simmer till the sweet potatoes are cooked and soft.  Serve either hot or chilled .

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  1. never bought Australia sweet potato before, usually I buy the Indonesia type to cook dessert..If i happen to see Australia sweet potato next time, must buy some to cook this dessert.

  2. Longan and red dates? Hmmm domething new as compared to the normal ginger and pandan

  3. kids will love it, cause she's a sweet potato soup lover.Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I love sweet potato tong shui and I also like to add it in my chng teng :)

  5. What a great dish, I love sweet potatoes! :)

  6. I also wish someone would surprise me with that. I love sweet potatoes in syrup. The ones available here in the UK are called kumara and they are soft. I like the starchy ones. I can imagine the scent of that. Mmmmm!

  7. happened there was a box load of them and written there Australia Sweet Potato :) so bought a packet back to try it out. Nice !

    Kathy....nice to add the longans and red dates...more fragrant too a fan of sweet potatoes :)

    Anncoo....hahaha me too :) too :)

    Adora...yea...this is nice... the sweet potatoes have a nice fragrant and not overly sweet...just perfect for a dessert soup :)

  8. I have never seen this before, but it sounds delicious. I'm curious to taste it. Hopefully. I can get to it soon. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. next time i must also look out if those sweet potatoes are from aust. havent tried this before.