Recipe: 仙人掌鸡汤 Cactus Soup

Today's main ingredient is a little prickly.

I did not know that the Cactus could be eaten, much less turned into a soup, and a nutritious one at that.

I was at my sister's place the other day when she asked me to stay for dinner as she is making this soup.

My jaw dropped when I heard that.

Never before in my life have I ever heard of "Cactus Soup".

I did not stay for dinner that day although it did pique my curiousity for the next few days.

Thus, when I saw Cactus pads for sale at the supermarket this morning, I decided to buy a piece home to try it out.

Cactus Soup is really fuss-free and easy to make but most of all, it is very affordable and nutritious.

Did you know that the Cactus contain beta carotene, iron, some B vitamins and are good sources of both vitamin C and calcium?

Here are more benefits of the Catcus:

- Reduces swelling
- Expels heatiness
- Strengthens immunity

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Bon appetit!

Cactus (scrubbed and sliced into chunks with skin intact)
2 Dried Honey Dates (蜜枣) (soaked in water till softened)
One small whole Chicken (cleaned and blanched in boiling water)
1.8L Water
Salt, to taste

1) Boil the pot of water
2) Add the chicken and Cactus
3) Allow to boil, then reduce fire to simmer for 1 - 2 hours
4) Add salt to taste
5) Serves 3 - 5
  • Not all cactus are edible so do not go chop off your neighbor's plants. Only purchase them from reliable sources.