Kiam Chai Ark or Salted Vegetable Soup is one of the eight main dishes served during feasting on the eve of Peranakan wedding or during some praying...which I tried not to know, except for the eating part...
In this dish I am only using pork leg and pig's tail....same ingredients, only without the duck.
I am more used to cooking pork rather than duck....
It'a quite simple...just like preparing any other soup dish.
Prepare the ingredients; Kiam Chai, Pork Leg & tail, Shitake Mushroom, Onions, Tomatoes, Tofu (Optional), Ginger, Peppercorn, Nutmeg seed, Garlic, Sour Plum & Coriander Leaves.
Bring the water to a boil, add it the Pork, Shitake Mushroom, Nutmeg seed, Garlic, Ginger and peppercorn. Let it boil for 15min, lower the heat and let it simmer for 45min or till the meat is tender to your liking.
Add in the Kiam Chai, Tomatoes, Onions, Sour Plum and let it boil for another 15min before throwing in the tofu.
Adjust the soup to your preference by adding salt and pepper. Garnish with Coriander Leaves and serve it hot.
Serving for 4 paxs
500g Pork Leg, blanched with hot water
300g Pig's Tail, blanched with hot water
400g Kiam Chai, soaked to get rid of the excess salt
20g Shitake Mushroom, soaked
30g Ginger, sliced
60g Tomatoes, cut into chunks
50g Onions, cut into chunks
100g Tofu, cut into chunks
1 Nutmeg Seed
2 Sour Plum
1.5 lit Water