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Hair weeds & pig hands soup

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Chinese name: 發菜豬手湯

This is a typical Cantonese dish for celebrating Chinese New Year. In Chinese or Cantonese, the soup name is similar to the Cantonese idiom "發財就手", which means "the wealth is right by your hands" and expresses people's wish to be wealthy in the new year.


Ingredients (3-4 servings):

  • 2 lbs pig hands
  • 1 oz of hair weeds (black moss)
  • 4 pieces of sliced ginger
  • 8 Chinese black mushrooms
  • 2.5 quarts of water
  • salt to taste
  • 4 teaspoons of vinegar (the Cantonese red vinegar is recommended)


  • a stove
  • a pot with a lid
  • a scoop


  1. Rinse the pig hands, hair weeds and the mushrooms.
  2. Place the hair weeds and the mushrooms in a bowl of tap water for an hour.
  3. Put the pig hands, the hair weeds, the mushrooms and the ginger into the pot. Add the 2.5 quarts of water in the pot. Cover the pot with the lid.
  4. Turn up the stove until the water boils.
  5. Stir the soup to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot. Turn down the stove and cook for another 3 hours.
  6. Add the salt to taste.
  7. Serve with the vinegar on the side.


Last edited by Wen at 2008-03-20 16:59:22

Posted at 2008-02-06 23:01:18

Comment: Re: Hair weeds & pig hands soup

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bambi (guest)

dat lookz fuckin disgustin how da hell can u people eat dat. u myt at well b a cannibal man. no wonder why chinese people are so skinny coz u lot aint eating human food you eatin hair YUCK!!!

Posted at 2009-09-22 09:08:32

Comment: Re: Hair weeds & pig hands soup

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Bambi is a dumbass (guest)

bambi, its a moss, and its edible, its actually good for you and its not hair...

Posted at 2011-02-03 22:09:00
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