Lotus Root Soup with Peanuts & Red Dates


As I was digging around my files, I found this Lotus Root Soup photos in my archive that has yet to be published. The photos were taken almost a year ago. Time sure flies.

I come from a family of soup lovers, there’s never a day without Chinese soup during my growing up years. Papa would come home after work and be happy with just a big bowl of hot simmered soup. And the tradition continues. Sometimes I do that too, on the days where I want a light dinner. Maybe others will find it strange that we drink hot soup in hot tropical weather. To me, a simple bowl of soup like this is the essence of the wholesome goodness of home-cooked food.

Lotus Root Soup is often found on my dinner menu.  There’s some variations in the recipe in different families, this is how I like mine – simmered with chicken bones, peanuts and red dates. Always a sucker for all things crunchy, the lotus root and peanuts has to still remain crunchy for me. Love a good munch. Wonder what will happen if I grow old and lose my teeth? Oh no, I can’t imagine what will happen..

The days are cooling with frequent rainy days (monsoon season now), and there is nothing better than having a bowl of hot soup. Why don’t you give this lotus root soup a try?

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Lotus Root Soup
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Hot Chinese Soup - Lotus Root with Peanuts & Red Dates
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 1kg fresh Lotus Root - peeled & sliced 1mm thick
  • 1 Chicken Carcass (or 500g Pork bones/ribs)
  • ½ cup Peanuts
  • ½ cup Dried Red Dates
  • 1.5 liter Water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Bring water to a boil in a huge pot.
  2. In a big bowl, blanche the chicken carcass with boiling water to get rid of the scum.
  3. Add in blanched chicken carcass with lotus root, peanuts and dried red dates.
  4. Simmer on low heat for about 2 hours or until the lotus root reach your desired softness. Season with salt to taste.


  1. Lovely photos! My boyfriend’s dad introduced me to this soup last year and it’s one of my favorites!
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  2. When i cook a pot of soup, I’ll generally finish it in one day. Means it will be my lunch, afternoon tea and dinner (sometimes supper!) I don’t generally put peanuts (not a fan) in my lotus root soup though but I do like a good munch too!
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  3. Shannon, I love soups too and often have just soup for dinner. And I also like my lotus root crunchy, no problems with the gigi as yet 🙂
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  4. Your soup look very warm and delicious and I love lotus. Fried them few times and it is very delicious but dangerous to snack on!:)
    Just pinned to try it one of these days!

  5. wow!!! This looks very delicious and I love soup, especially lotus root soup. Surely i’m gonna try it tonight 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. I bet my papa would love this as well…YUM! These are some unique flavors put together =)
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  7. I have never eaten lotus root but have seen some wonderful recipes with it. This soup look delicious and makes me want to hunt down some lotus root!
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  8. Sometime I replace peanut with walnut or buckwheat…fusion lotus soup! 😉

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