Tuesday 9 June 2015

Peanut Root Soup

I cook this soup regularly for my children. The roots of the peanut plants are known to be very strengthening. Traditionally, many mothers believe that regular consumption of this soup can help growing kids grow taller and give them strong muscles.

Cleaning the roots is the time consuming part for the preparation of this soup. Soil clings to the roots and you will need to soak and scrub them. I use a toothbrush.

When you buy peanut roots from the market, it comes with leaves and stems which are not required. We only want the roots and peanuts. I usually buy about 800g to 1 kg (including stem and leaves) for the whole family. Adults love this soup too. 

Recipe adapted from The Healthy Family Cookbook by Cecilia Tan 

Peanut Root and Pork Rib Soup (serves 4) 

250g or more Peanut Roots (excluding stem and leaves)
250g Pork Rib
1 handful of red dates
1500ml Water
1-2 tablespoon soy sauce 
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Soak, scrub and rinse the roots many times to remove all dirt and grit. 

2. Blanch the pork rib in some boiling water to remove bad taste and blood. Discard water. 

3. Bring 1500ml of water to boil, add all ingredients and bring to boil at medium heat. Once it boils, simmer for about 3 hours or longer. 

4. Serve warm. The peanuts can be eaten, but they are rather soft. 


  1. where in Singapore you can get this ingredient - groundnut roots

  2. Hi Thomas, you can find it at wet market vegetable stall.

  3. This is available at kok Fah technology farm in sungei tengah

  4. Do you where I can source the roots in USA? Haven't seen it anywhere! Thanks!

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  7. Hi, would love to interview you for an article I am writing about kids growing taller in Singapore! Is there any chance I can get in contact with you? Do you have a contact page? Thanks :)