En Choy and Meat Balls Soup

This used to be my playground.

This used to be my playground
This used to be my childhood dream
This used to be the place I ran to
Whenever I was in need of a friend
Why did it have to end
And why do they always say

Don’t look back, keep your head held high
Don’t ask them why because life is short
And before you know, you’re feeling old
And your heart is breaking
Don’t hold on to the past
Well, that’s too much to ask

This used to be my playground
This used to be my childhood dream
This used to be the place I ran to
Whenever I was in need of a friend
Why did it have to end
And why do they always say

No regrets but I wish that you were here with me
Well, then there’s hope yet
I can see your face in our secret place
You’re not just a memory
Say goodbye to yesterday
Those are words I’ll never say

This used to be my playground
This used to be our pride and joy
This used to be the place we ran to
That no one in the world could dare destroy

This used to be our playground
This used to be our childhood dream
This used to be the place we ran to
I wish you were standing here with me

This used to be our playground
This used to be our childhood dream
This used to be the place we ran to
The best things in life are always free
Wishing you were here with me

I know is Madonna, but this has to be one of my favourite songs of all time. Beautiful simple lyrics that is exactly how I feel right now. After living in Australia for 15 years, I kind of miss home sometimes, especially my mum’s home cooked meals. To be honest, my mum is not a very good cook, but the ability to raise a big family and cooked for 8 people every night that’s what make her a superwoman.

I feel so guilty sometimes to think back how naughty I was to despise some of the dishes she cooked for us and simply won’t eat it. My mum always nag at me over the phone sometime to make sure I make some soup with my meals. Just like this en choy soup, I used to hate it and swore would never miss this dish. But who would have thought I am cooking this dish myself, 15 years later?

This soup is so comforting and really bring me back to my childhood, a simple staple meal with a bowl of steamed rice. There’s an old Chinese saying, “A bowl of soup before meal, is the best medicine you could’ve asked for.” I couldn’t agree more.

This post is dedicated to my mum.

En choy and meat balls soup recipe

Ingredients
1 bunch en choy
200g pork mince
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp corn flour
1 handful of dry anchovies
1 sprig spring onion (chopped)
1 egg
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 ltr water

Method
1. Prepare a bowl of cold water or fill the sink with water.

2. Pick all the en choy leaves and wash them in the water, discard the stems. Add a tablespoon of salt into the water and let the leaves soak for at least 10 mins to kill off any bugs.

3. Bring 2 ltr of water to boil in a large pot, add anchovies and then lower the heat to a simmer for 10-15mins.

4. Mix pork mince with soy sauce, white pepper and cornflour until mixed well. Use a tablespoon and scoop up a ball of the mince then drop into the hot stock. Repeat until all pork mince is used.

4. Drain the water in the sink and fish all the leaves out. Add the leaves to the pot of stock and bring the heat back up to high. Once the soup starts boiling, crack the egg and lower it gently into the soup and a quick stir, do not break the yolk.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste, and the soup is ready.
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