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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Cranberry Bean Soup.

I felt ecstatic when I saw Cranberry Bean (also known as Borlotti Bean, or Pearl Bean. The latter term is commonly used in Malaysia when directly translated from Chinese.) in the grocery store in Northern Virginia last weekend. Gosh, I hadn't consumed this vege in years! I never saw this when I was in Halifax. I rationalize that such fresh produce is way too exotic to appear in East of Montreal.

The most common way to cook this bean, is to make soup. Can we cook it another way? Oh, you really got me, because, I really don't know! Do share if you have different recipe.

Ahh, how I missed this soup!


Blogger wHOisBaBy said...

Hello there,

I am a Malaysian living in Los Angeles and have been coming by your blog once in a while. While back in KL, I would make this bean soup with lotus root, red dates and either dried sotong or scallop. Love the texture of this bean. We boiled the soup with slow cooker for 3 hours and the bean became so soft until it split in the middle. Seldom cook it now.

5:50 PM

Blogger Greenapple said...

hey whoisbaby, thank you for visiting my corner. geesh, it has been so many years since i last had this soup, and i forgot i am supposed to cook the bean until they split in the middle, like you said! haha, that's why i thought something just doesn't look right, ha!

i cooked it only with chicken bone because i wanna sample the original taste of the bean. having the other ingredients sounds great too! will try it next time if i manage to buy this bean.

6:42 PM

Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

share the recipe with me, please

6:58 AM

Anonymous Mama BoK said...

I've never seen these before..hmmm..! gotta check with my FIL ..!

7:02 AM

Blogger shoppingmum said...

My mum bought these beans before, but I didn't know what's the name. For my mum, she'll steam the beans together with rice and potatoes, and they taste great. BTW, she will also soak the beans to soften them, before frying / cooking the beans with cauliflower, broccoli, carrot and corns (the small type). Before serving, she'll add some cashew nuts to the dish.

9:37 AM

Blogger shiaulin said...

yup i also use it only to make soup wor...

3:35 AM

Blogger FishyOct said...

hi greenapple

i have put your blog into mine. Like to read your blog - always got interesting cooking stuff to share. Planning to bake the chicken pie that you have mentioned.

Happy New Year.

4:07 AM

Blogger Prince said...

the last time i saw that in my kitchen, i think no1 touched it except my mum, who cooked it. hhahhahahha! it looks weird.

8:35 AM

Blogger boo_licious said...

Nice - never knew about this bean until Lilian and you talked about it on your blogs.

3:05 PM

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