Pickled Mustard Greens Soup – Yam Rice Combo
One of my favorite dishes is the Pickled Mustard Greens in hot Chinese Soups.
The most famous dish is a simple
- Nyonya Kiam Chai Ark (a duck with pickled mustard greens soup) and
- Chai Boey (a fresh mustard greens and pickled mustard greens stew with roasted pork)
- Kiam Chai Th’ng or Pickled Mustard Greens Soup (a pickled mustard greens soup with pork)
What vegetable are these pickled mustard greens?
Pickled mustard greens are known locally in Hokkien and Teochew, as “Kiam Chai”.
This leafy vegetable is pickled in a spiced brine which provides a zesty, pungent, and sour taste.
Most of the pickled mustard greens consist of the entire head of the vegetable and is imported from China.
There are numerous ways to enjoy this pickled vegetable which is served both as a condiment and main ingredient to lift the taste of Chinese dishes.
The pickled vegetables have a strong salty flavor. It is used in soups and stews and goes very nicely with fish.
Steamed fish with pickled mustard greens, is a popular banquet dinner dish that uses this ingredient.
Where to buy this type of pickled mustard greens?
You can find this type of pickle in Chinese and Asian markets. In Penang, you can find this easily in the wet markets where you can find both raw and pickled mustard greens.
The raw mustard greens are with the greengrocers. The pickled mustard greens
What is the taste of pickled mustard greens?
When choosing mustard greens, know that the smaller, more tender leaves of spring will generally be milder in flavor than the mature leaves of summer and fall. If you don’t find the flavor of the raw leaves too harsh, try adding a small amount to a salad for a lively, peppery accent
Interesting Fact: Mustard greens great for weight loss?
Mustard Greens: Mustard greens are rich in fiber that facilitates weight loss. They also make for a good detox food. According to the book, ‘Healing Foods’, “the antioxidant beta-carotene and vitamins C and K help neutralize toxins and remove them from the body, providing effective detox support’.
Are there any Nutrition Benefits to eating Fresh vs Pickled Mustard Greens?
• High Levels of Antioxidants
• Detoxifies Your Liver and Blood
• Helps Lower Cholesterol
• Packed with Phytonutrients
• High in Fiber
• High in Bone-Building Vitamin K
• Good Source of Immune-Boosting Vitamin C
• Provides Skin & Eye Health Protection
How to make pickled mustard greens at home?
Back in the day, my mom and aunts would pickle the mustard greens at home.
To make the pickled mustard greens, combine 2 cups water, the vinegar, salt, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a boil.
Remove from the heat, and add the chilies.
Pack the chopped mustard greens into a 1-quart jar and pour in the brine.
When the greens are cool, they are ready to be stored.
What is the best combination for pickled mustard greens?
The acidity of this leafy pickled vegetable softens meat like pork and pork ribs to make a complex and appetizing dish.
My favorite is the Kiam Chye Th’ng with pork and innards. The best way to drink this hot flavorsome soup is from a stall that sells Yam Rice.
You can’t order these dishes at most Chinese restaurants.
Where to eat this?
I enjoy this Kiam Chye Th’ng with sliced pork and pork balls with a small portion of the pickled mustard green. My go-to place is the stall at T.Y.Y. in Sungai Ara.
What to order?
Order the standard :
• one bowl of yam rice
• one bowl of pickled mustard green soup with or without organ meat
• one bowl of stewed sweet black vinegar pig knuckle
Pickled Mustard Greens Soup Ingredients
• Pickled mustard green
• Sliced pork
• Pork ribs
With Pig’s Innards
• Organ meat
The soup is made by boiling pork bones and pickled mustard green. They will ask if you take innards when you order.
Pig’s Trotters (Knuckles) in Ginger and Sweetened Vinegar
• meaty chunks of pig trotters
• boney parts
• skin and fatty parts
The pig’s trotters (aka pork knuckles) are moist and tender after the slow cooking in the tasty sweetened black vinegar.
The skin and fatty bits contain the natural collagen of pig’s trotters is very good for our health.
Review of Pickled Mustard Greens Soup
I always have the full set for my cheat day lunch. Most times I will tell myself and the lady boss that I over-order again. Pickled Mustard Greens Soup is not like a hot and sour soup.
If you have the Mustard Greens raw, the greens have a distinctly peppery taste. This is a good substitute for any recipe which needs hearty, bitter leaves.
Pickling with salt and brine makes the Mustard Greens taste is salty with a piquant appetizing accent.
“I can’t eat so much food,” I will protest weakly.
The grandmother will tell me, “Eat slowly and enjoy.”
We both laugh as she knows that I will clean my bowls.
The only thing I didn’t do is to reach for more yam rice.
Where else to find Pickled Mustard Greens Soup in Penang?
- Hon Kei Food Corner, Kampong Malabar, George Town
- Golden Cafe, Relau
- TYY Kopitiam, Sg. Ara
116B, Jalan Dato Ismail Hashim, Kampung Manggis, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Business hours: 6.30am – 11pm