Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Salted Vegetables Duck Soup/ Kiam Chye Ark

Kiam Chye Ark is a popular and traditional Teochew dish that my Pa, a pure Teochew loves. In those days this is an expensive soup to cook and we only have it on special occasions like Chinese New Year. It's a savoury soup cook with salted mustard leaves, pickled sour plums and duck with whole garlic for an added flavour. Some recipe may call for a shot of brandy, it's entirely up to the individual and your preference.

Kiam Chye Ark Soup


 Half a duck
 500gm kiam chye, slice thickly
 2 tomatoes, quarted
 4 plums
 2 cloves garlic
 6 cups water
 1 tbsp crushed white pepper

Cut duck into half.
Wash with salt and pluck away any fine feathers.
Blanch with hot water.
Bring 6 cups water or chicken stock to a boil.
Add in kiam chye, garlic, tomatoes, duck, crushed peppercorns and 4 pickled sour plums and cook 2 or 3 hours till duck is soft.
You can also cook in a pressure cooker like above.
It will takes a shorter time to cook.
Serve Soup whilst hot

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