The Traditional Chinese Mung Bean Soup is actually a desert item used to cool folks in the summer. I learned about this from the Chinese Herbalist we have been seeing for our daughter. She recommended it to me during this past illness – I was a little hesitant to try it, but pleasantly surprised by both the taste and affect it had on me. It felt great smoothly going down my sore throat. It was even better than Chicken Soup! Don’t get me wrong. They are two totally different soups with opposite flavors. But, both have their place in helping me feel better.
Remedy: Mung Beans are supposed to help with edema, and removing toxins ingested from plants or minerals. It is traditionally used as a summer soup to cool the body, and eaten cold. Kelp is a natural source of Iodine and helps to reduce swollen glands. As with any remedy, I was told to use this in balance – so not the only thing I am eating. It was also explained to me that Kelp varies in Iodine content so if you have Thyroid issues, this is probably a home remedy you need to talk with your doctor about using.
Mung Bean Kelp Soup
– 1/2 Cup Dried Mung Beans
– 2 inch Piece Dried Kelp
– About 4 Cups Soaking Water
– 6 Cups Cooking Water
– Brown Sugar to Taste
– Salt to Taste
First, soak the Mung Beans and Kelp in a bowl of water for at least 4 hours, or up to 24 hours. Drain the water from the soaking Mung Bean and Kelp, then break up the Kelp into strips or small pieces. Add 6 cups water to a pot, then add the Mung Beans and Kelp. Bring pot to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Let the soup simmer for 60-80 minutes or until the Mung Beans become so soft that they start to come out of their skin.
Serve warm or cold, then add Brown Sugar or sweetener of choice (Maple Syrup, Honey, Sucanat, etc) and a little salt. Makes 3 large bowls, or 4 small ones. The recipe can be increased or reduced to accommodate your servings. Use within 3 days or toss leftovers.
Review: This is really tasty, even if it looks ugly! With swollen glands and a sore throat, I felt this was really soothing. It had a lightly sweet and savory flavor unlike anything else I’ve tasted. The texture was a little bit like a bean soup with onions. I enjoyed it. But, the kids wouldn’t try it.