Cactus Soup with Chicken (仙人掌煲鸡汤)

Monday, 3 September 2012

Cactus is an excellent source of healthy fiber, great antioxidant and is beneficial to the body's digestive system. And I always thought it's just a green sponge.


Never knew it could be eaten and could be quite delicious too! Smells like ginseng chicken soup when it's simmering but tastes somewhat "fresh" - like cucumber? It is hard to describe the flavour, you just have to try it out yourself.

Cactus Soup with Chicken (仙人掌煲鸡汤)

Cactus Soup with Chicken (仙人掌煲鸡汤)

Printable recipe
By Pig Pig's Corner

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 2 hrs
Yield: serves 4-6

  • 1 whole (about 1 kg) chicken - halved or chopped into pieces
  • 850 g cactus - cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 2 honey dates
  • 15 red dates - de-seeded
  • 2 L water
  • Salt to taste

  • Blanch chicken. [Place chicken into a large pot, add enough water to cover. Bring to boil. Once water comes to a boil, remove from heat, drain and wash.]
  • Place all ingredients in a pot. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer for at least 2 hours covered.
  • Add salt to taste.
Cactus Soup with Chicken (仙人掌煲鸡汤)