When I was growing up, being Teochew, soup is not really a thing in my family. But I remembered, one of the soup which Mum usually cooked was this simple Kiam Chye Ark soup. I still love this soup till this day. It is appetizing and extremely good to have especially when it is piping hot and you pour the soup, together with a portion of the duck and vegetables, over some steamed rice. Yum, yum… It is just amazing!! 🙂
In Teochew, Salted Mustard Greens/Salted Vegetables is Kiam Chye and Duck is Ark. This is how the name of soup, “Kiam Chye Ark”, is derived. Based on my memory of how my Mum will cook it, she used only 4 main ingredients; duck, salted mustard greens, pickled plums and tomatoes. This soup is simple and easy to make and I am sure you will love it too!
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Serves 4 to 5 persons
½ duck (weighing about 1.2kg)
300g salted mustard green (kiam chye)
4 to 5 pieces pickled plums
2 medium-sized tomatoes
Some chopped coriander leaves & spring onions for garnishing (optional)
Some ground white pepper (optional)
2.2 litre water
- Cut the duck into ½.
- Rinse and clean duck thoroughly.
- Transfer into a stock pot.
- Wash mustard greens and soak for 5 minutes.
- Drain and cut them into pieces and add them into the pot.
- Lightly crush the pickled plums and add them into the pot.
- Wash and cut each tomato into 4 wedges and add them into the pot.
- Add water into the pot and bring it to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until the duck is tender.
- Remove any excess fat by skimming the surface of the soup with a spoon.
- Before serving taste and add salt if necessary.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and spring onions.
- Sprinkle some white pepper if you are adding.
- Serve with steamed white rice.