Though the idea is not exceptionally wild or creative, this is (indeed) my first time having Gai Lan (in) Soup.
And you know what? I will cook this soup again when stir-fried Gai Lan (Chinese broccoli) gets boring once in a while. Truth is: the same stir-fried Gai Lan can't be posted repeatedly in this blog....:O
It is few basic ingredients but the smokiness of toasted ikan bilis and pan-fried tofu definitely adds flavor depth to the soup (stock made from organic soy beans and toasted ikan bilis -dried anchovies).
And the light-tasting notes of the soup did not overshadow the mild mustardy taste of Gai Lan in any way. This can be a quick soup to put together if you are short on time and have ready home-made stock on hand.
Gai Lan in Soy Bean Broth 芥兰黄豆汤
Ingredients: Gai Lan, leaves and stalks separated （Gai-Lan is the Cantonese name for this vegetable also known as Chinese broccoli. Source: Wikipedia), soy bean stock , pan-fried tofu, salt and ground white pepper to taste
Directions: Boil the stock (add a little water to make up the volume if necessary; however do not add too much to dilute the taste of the stock), when boiling turn down the heat, add Gai Lan and allow the vegetables to simmer to cook, just about 5 minutes will do.Salt and ground white pepper to taste. Top with pan-fried tofu for added proteins (optional).
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