Good Luck to Come in a Soup of Flowers

Good Luck to Come in a Soup of Flowers

I wonder if wanting to be more “Chinese” can be taken too far? When I saw this bizarre ingredient of golden flowers in the market this morning, and heard that it brought luck to those who consume it (Hakka: Tai Yun), I immediately bought a pack to try. The grocer told me the way to eat it is to make soup with the flowers. “Just add pork bones, figs and red dates and boil it like you would any Chinese soup,” said the grocer.

Later that afternoon, after checking with Gourmet Sailor what “Tai Yun” means, he said that it doesn’t actually mean that it brings “good luck,” but rather it’s meant to bring balance and well-being to the body. I prefer to think that it is some kind of awesome Chinese superstition I can shamelessly adopt, but that’s still out there for the jury to decide…

As you can see from the picture above, those are full-on dried stamens! While they may be perfect as pot pourri for the bathroom, I wasn’t sure if this can be categorized as food?

Moreover, the dried leaves from the flipsideĀ  look more like the stuff the Iban warriors use to decorate their skull exhibit with. Or a broom…

Well I suppose making a pot of meaty flower soup can seem pretty gross, but I was curious about how it would taste like. So I soaked the dried ingredients for 5 minutes, washed it and put all the ingredients into a pot of boiling water. After 30 minutes, the concoction looked a lot like what a witch would simmer to transform herself into Megan Fox…

and 2 1/2 hours later, it looks like brown muddy soup!

The soup was edible but it wasn’t especially tasty or fragrant. It tasted like a meat soup with weeds and oxidized petals that’s been dried out in the sun. Yes, I could taste the sun! I wouldn’t make this again for taste. As for luck, we’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks. If we suddenly come into a lot of good luck, I’ll be sure to let you know!

P/S: The packet of flowers cost RM5.60 from the vegetable seller at the mini market in Bornion, Kota Kinabalu. Try at your own risk!

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2 thoughts on “Good Luck to Come in a Soup of Flowers”

  1. i think it’s the ‘flower’ of a dragonfruit tree…my friends once bought it to cook as some herbal tea (like “ha for chao”, “tung gua liang cha”)…just add the ‘flower’ to any herbal tea…yummy…

    1. You’re right! I saw some fresh ones next to dragon fruits. Wow, didn’t know you could add the flower to the herbal teas but will try it next time.

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