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Healthy Cactus Soup Recipe From Kin Yan Agrotech (仙人掌鸡汤)

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Wanna try Cactus Soup? My first reaction was, "Yucks!" Somehow, the staff at Kin Yan Agrotech managed to convince me to pour the mini cup-size soup into my mouth. The next thing I knew, I was totally intoxicated by the delicious soup!

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My ex-students are and I were on an excursion to Kranji Countryside last week, and Kin Yan Agrotech was one of the stops that we'd made. Located near Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Kin Yan is Singapore's largest commercial organic wheatgrass farm, supplying a series of health/herb food products to NTUC, supermarkets etc.

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I was really curious when I saw a big pot of soup beside the pool of cactus lying at a corner for sale. Never knew cactus soup could turn out to be so tasty. The staff even taught us how to cook it!

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If it's also your first time seeing cactus as an ingredient, check out the insides of the vegetables. It's actually quite slimy when you cut it up.

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Cooking is as easy as ABC; only 3 ingredients - Cactus, Chicken, and Honey Dates! You gotta trust me on this; you'll love this healthy and tasty soup! You don't even need to remove the cactus skin. Just cut them into pieces and dump everything into a pot. Interestingly, it tasted somewhat like Ginseng Chicken Soup!

tasty kin yan agrotech catcus chicken soup
Here are more reasons why you should try:
  • Promotes balance
  • Strengthens muscles and bones
  • Helps liver function and digestion
  • Improves immunity
  • Manages cholesterol and blood sugar regulation
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The texture of the cactus is soft and tender, just like melon. Depending on your luck, the cactus may not taste as good if they're too "old". The pack came with two pieces of cactus. During preparation, I could slice the first one with ease; that's the "young" one. Sadly, the second cactus had "spikes", like an aged vegetables which is unpleasant to bite. Don't ask me how to choose, cause I haven't got the slightest idea :<

To make the soup even healthier, I've a habit of removing the chicken skin whenever I use it for cooking soups. If you're using small to medium chicken for this recipe, drop in 1 cactus (about 500g). I'm using a large chicken here, so I threw in both the cactus. Come, let's begin!

Ingredients:
1 Chicken
500g - 700g fresh edible Cactus
2 - 3 Honey dates (蜜枣)
2 - 3 litres of Water (adjust the amount according to how rich you want the soup to be)
1 tsp Salt

Method:
    cooking kin yan agrotech cactus
  • Use a scrub and gently clean the cactus. Dispose the ends, and then cut into pieces.
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  • Cut off chicken head, backside, and nails.
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  • Remove skin and fats from chicken. Rinse and blanch chicken with hot water.

(For slow cooker)
  • Bring water to boil in cooker with the honey dates. Set on high heat to boil.
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  • Add chicken and cactus. Put cooker to auto once it starts to boil. If you're cooking in the morning, your delicious soup will be ready in time for your dinner! Add salt and serve piping hot!


(For stove cooking)
Instructions on cactus packing.....
  • Put honey dates into pot and bring water to boil.
  • Add cactus and chicken to cook for 1 hr 30 mins.
  • Add salt to taste and cook for another 10 - 15 mins.

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Pix Credit: Sally
Well, I'll be back to give you an insight on our Kranji Countryside Adventure, so come back soon!

45 comments:

  1. Cactus soup I have never heard of it, and edible cactus is not available here.

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    1. Subha, oh really? Wish you could try......

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  2. Wow, I just know that Cactus can be used as ingredient for soup!

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    1. SD, I just learnt too! We're always learning new things, aren't we??

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    2. Yes, learnt a lot from your blog!

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  3. Interesting soup! The inside of the cactus looks some what like aloe vera. I'm still quite sceptical about cooking and eating cactus but with your recommendation and so much benefits, next time when I come across it in the supermarket, I shall give it a try.

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    1. DS, I've only tried scrapping the jelly from the Aloe Vera to cook prawns. Can the "flesh" be eaten too? Would love to try that.

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  4. Looks like something nice and different to try out :3
    Take care, have a wonderful day <3

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    1. Diana, hope it didn't scare you instead! Hahaha!

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  5. Interesting, i've seen many using cactus for drinks and desserts before but not soup! very creative Shirley, thanks for sharing too :)

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    1. Ken, would certainly like to try those too!!

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    1. Arjunan, thanks for coming by! Gonna check out your blog too :)

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  7. Wow..what an exciting post! I mean I felt excited reading it..lol!! I've never heard of an edible cactus - would so love to try one day. It will be on my look-out ^.^

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    1. Sharon, hahaha! I was just as excited & couldn't wait to share my discovery!

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  8. I have heard that people make cactus soup but never actually saw it. This looks quite flavorful with chicken.

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  9. Hey Shirley, so far I haven't seen any cactus sold in the markets but if I do, I will certainly buy and try this out... with the honey dates and chicken, the soup will be sweet... thanks for sharing...

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  10. The soup sure looks good!

    Now, where can I find cactus here? ;)

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    1. Lina, mmm.......... any Malaysians out there who can help to answer?? Hope you can find it to try this awesome soup!

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  11. Wow! Cactus soup! This is the first time hearing this and thanks for sharing.
    I always heard about cactus being used in diet plans and supplements to help weight loss. The Mexicans probably have 1001 recipes for cactus.

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    1. Tan, 1001 recipes?? Cool! I'm gonna check it out!! Thanks for the buzz!

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  12. I have never tried cactus before but sure would like to :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  13. This recipe looks so easy to make and sounds so good.

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  14. While I'm aware of the healthiness of cactus, I haven't tried before. But I've share that the soup is good and I would definitely keep my options open for trying.

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    1. Nava, hope you can also find cactus in your home town. Being the adventurous you, I know you're gonna love this too!

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  15. Many strange foodstuffs...hmmm...:) Cactus ? needs some thinking before putting it in mouth :)
    Interesting post Shirley :)

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    1. Rajiv, that's true! I've only heard that we can "milk" water from cactus when I was a child. Hahaha!

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  16. Wow, I want to eat this! Looks great and yummy .33

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    Rinako

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  17. Remind me of aloe vera soup I tasted last year. I dont mind trying this soup but I dont think I can find packet cactus here. Haha.

    Now I know that those people in desert dont only cut cactuses for their fluid but maybe they do eat the cactuses flesh!

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    1. Rose, hope you can find cactus in your hometown. Yah, it's crazy! We only get to know now after ages......... Lol!

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  18. I wonder where can i get this in Msia

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    1. Kathy, alamak! So many M'sians asking............

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  19. Tastes like Ginseng Chicken Soup~ sounds yummy cause I love herbal soup.

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    1. Simon, awesome! Be sure check out where you can get cactus in your hometown.......

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    2. har? what do you mean you mean my fantasied Durian forest? in Singapore? actually I saw the cactus at NTUC yesterday keke~

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    3. Simon, oops! So sorry, didn't know where I got the idea you're a M'sian blogger. Yap, it's available at NTUC :)

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  20. Hi Shirley, I heard of cactus soup but yet to try it. Some how..our mentality sure think and feel 'yucks, cactus?' LOL... Maybe one day I'll give it a try. Yours look inviting. Thanks for sharing the benefit of cactus.

    Best regards.

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    1. Amelia, that's so true! Cactus sounds so "pokey". Lol!

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  21. Hi Shirley, this is the first time I have ever heard or seen a cactus-based food be it soup or chicken flavor etc...but it looks like bitter gourd taste giving plant..haha

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    1. Hong, it's not bitter at all surprisingly! I think the taste of Cactus is more acceptable compared to bittergourd. ^_^

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