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Five Spice Braised Peanuts Recipe

I have a very old fashioned Chinese recipe for you today, five spice braised peanuts. This is such an old fashioned snack that I remember only my older aunties used to make this and share with their younger sisters, my Mom being one of them. 🙂

I almost forgot all about this snack until my friend shared hers. I simply must try her recipe and replicate, since it is so good and extremely easy. So a big thanks Pearlyn. 🙂

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Peanuts with Skin On

For this recipe, you want to hunt down dried raw peanuts with skin on. I usually buy this kind of peanuts in my Asian grocery since I like sticking to using Chinese ingredients for Chinese recipe. Interestingly the ones I usually buy comes in a 12 oz (340 gram) packet, hence the same amount in my recipe. 😀 If you have no access to Asian grocery, feel free to use the one stocked in your regular grocery stores.

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Regular pot vs. Pressure Cooker

Since I want to make sure even newbies can replicate this recipe, I make sure to cook this in a saucepot. It takes 2 hours, but it is super easy and not much work needs to be done. You simply have to check occasionally to make sure there is still enough water in the pot, and add some hot water if needed. If you are a more advanced cook and have a pressure cooker, you can cut down the cooking time to only 45 minutes. Either way, this five spice braised peanuts should turn out delicious.

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

Five Spice Braised Peanuts

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Lotus Root and Peanuts with Pork Ribs Soup Recipe

Growing up, my Mom made us plenty of this Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup. She has this big planner to map out all the food she will be cooking for us every day. It’s pretty simple, basically one soup, one vegetable dish, and one meat dish per day. And this particular soup usually appears once every month. ♥

Lotus root, peanuts, pork spare ribs, and tomatoes are the ingredients needed to prepare Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

Ingredients to prepare Chinese lotus root and peanuts soup

You will only need a handful of ingredients to prepare this soup:

  • 1 section of fresh lotus root, usually around 400-500 grams.
  • 500 grams of pork spare ribs, or any cut that is suitable for soup. You can even use bone-in chicken if you prefer.
  • 200 gram dried peanuts, you will need to soak the peanuts for at least 2 hours prior to cooking the soup.
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into 4 wedges per tomato.
  • 1 dried squid/cuttlefish, this one is optional since it can be harder to find, but your Asian market should have it in their frozen section along with dried shrimps and dried salted fish. If you can get this, definitely add it to the soup since even just one tiny squid can add so much umami level to the soup.
A pot of freshly cooked Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

A pot of freshly cooked Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

How to prepare fresh lotus root

Fresh lotus roots look like tubes linked together like giant sausages. If you buy more than one section and they are still linked together, don’t separate the links until you need to cook them to preserve freshness. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your lotus root for cooking:

  1. Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Use a sharp knife, or a mandolin (if you have), and cut into thin slices. For making soup, I usually aim for 1 cm (about 1/2 inch) thick.
  3. Optional: if you do step 1 and 2 far in advance before you plan to cook the soup, you may want to soak the slices in some acidulated water bath (water + a little bit of acid such as lemon juice, lime juice, or vinegar) to prevent the root from browning.

What I love about lotus roots is that they look so plain and unassuming from the outside, but once you slice them up, they reveal their glorious beautiful pattern. So pretty, and so tasty too.

Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

How to cook Chinese lotus root and peanuts soup

Please follow these steps to prepare the soup. You should get a broth that is flavorful and free of debris/scum!

  1. Boil a pot of water, then blanch the pork spare ribs for about 2 minutes. Drain the pork and discard the water. You may want to clean the pot a little to ensure the pot is free of scums.
  2. Return blanched pork to the clean pot, along with lotus root slices, peanuts, dried squid/cuttlefish (if using), salt, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pot with a lid, and simmer until both the lotus root and peanuts are tender, but still retain their crispiness. This usually takes about 1 hour.
  3. Add tomato wedges to the soup and cook for another 15 minutes.

And we are done! Very easy, right? Now you too can prepare this classic Chinese soup in your own home.

Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

Chinese lotus root and peanuts with pork ribs soup.

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