September 30, 2017 by mummumskitchen
Fish soup is full of good nutrients, especially calcium and is good for both toddlers and adults. It is not a difficult soup to make, just that you need to spend good amount of time to slowly cook the soup (at least 3 hours). Mummies, who are breastfeeding, can also make this soup to increase their milk flow. Just that they need to add green papaya to it. The method of making the soup is the same.
- Heat the wok with cooking oil. Pan fry the fish bone till golden brown.
- In the soup pot, add the fried fish bones, ikan bilis, spring onion and ginger into the boiling water.
- Continue to boil for around 10 minutes before lowering the heat to simmer for at least 3 hours. This will make the stock to be milky in color. Do remember to add water if you find the soup is drying out.
- Before turning off the heat, add some salt to taste.
- Filter away the ingredients and freeze the excess soup in smaller containers. Thaw and boil for toddlers as and when required.
Mum mum’s notes:
On the type of fish bone to get, it can be any type of fish. But do avoid fatty fish like salmon. It is believed that the soup will not taste as good if fatty fish bone is being used. Depending on the amount of water you use, cook the soup with at least 6 pieces of good size fish bones. You may choose to omit the ikan bilis, but I add them to increase the amount of calcium. Do remember that once you use ikan bilis, which bring a natural salty taste to the soup, please do not add too much salt at the end.
For those mummies having their confinement (if you intend to cook yourself), do pan fry the fish bones with sesame oil. Yes you will end up having a super oily kitchen, but sesame oil is believed to be good for mummies doing confinement, so as to get rid of the extra “wind” in your body. For normal consumption, you just have to pan fry using normal cooking oil. For mummies who want to boost their milk supply, do put in the green papaya (can only be the green and unripe one. Ripe and orange papaya will not help in milk production) while simmering.