Bama, China is known for its large population of centenarians and is considered to be a longevity hotspot according to the book, The Blue Zones. One of the secrets of Bama longevity is their recipe for longevity soup. It’s made with flavorful locally grown vegetables and fermented miso. The soup’s combination of life-extending ingredients and its delicious flavor makes it a wonderful treat to serve all year round.
Chinese Longevity Soup recipe inspired by the Bama people!
Chinese Longevity Soup
- 4 cups of fermented miso broth
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
- 1 tbsp fresh garlic minced
- 1 bag of rice noodles
- 2 cups of mung bean sprouts
- 2 cups Chinese cabbage finely chopped
- 2 cups carrots julienned
- 1 package tofu
- 2 cups bok choy leaves chopped
- Bring broth to a boil.
- Add minced ginger and garlic.
- Cook for 3 minutes.
- Add noodles and cook until soft.
- While noodles are cooking, fill soup bowls with equal parts of bean sprouts, Chinese cabbage, carrots, tofu, and bok choy leaves.
- Add cooked noodles.
- Bring the broth to a rapid boil and add broth to bowls. The hot broth should cook the vegetables just enough that they remain slightly crunchy, but not raw.
- Garnish with chives.
Chinese cooks often add hemp oil to the mix, but you have to be careful and make sure that it’s consumable because some hemp oil is toxic. Check to make sure it’s certified safe for human consumption. This longevity soup recipe is best, and most effective for your health when you use organic vegetables and ingredients.
Fermented miso contains high levels of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that aids in digestion and keep your body in balance. It’s also rich in antioxidants that remove free radicals that cause disease.
Chinese cabbage and bok choy contain glucosinolates, brassinin (a potent anti-oxidant), beta-carotene, and fiber. Combined together they help to regulate your blood pressure and provide Vitamin A, which prevents vision loss, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Ginger is always helpful in aiding digestion and it eases the symptoms of respiratory disease, arthritis, and muscle pain.
This powerhouse longevity soup is a perfect combination to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the effects of aging. Xiǎngshòu! (Enjoy)
Another longevity soup you may want to try is Sardinian Minestrone.
This post was previously posted 6/2012 and updated 9/2021
Do you have a favorite Chinese soup? Please leave a comment and tell us about it.