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Wolfberry Soup at Congee - Anyone know?

brooklynbyotch Dec 28, 2007 05:25 AM

Anyone know what is in the Wolfberry Soup at Congee village? It is on the menu as for 10 people only. I'm organizing a party and can't find any info on what it is... curious.

  1. ephramzz Dec 29, 2007 08:39 PM

    Yep, Wolfberries are the same as Goji berries, the current health food craze for their supposed anti-oxidant powers. The Chinese have been using these for forever in teas and soups for their health effects. I'm just waiting for some health nut to realize these are in the Nightshade family and start a campaign against them as some are unfairly prejudiced against and delicious fruit from this family (tomato, pepper, eggplant, tomatillo, tobacco) because it has a few poisonous members (datura, belladonna, deadly nightshade), but no more percentage wise than the carrot or bean family.

    I have not had this soup but please let us know if you try it.

    1. scoopG Dec 28, 2007 02:23 PM

      Wolfberries are small, bitter white berries from the Wolfberry shrub - found only in the American west. Many Chinese here believe they help make one strong and virile. It also contains turtle, not sure what kind of turtle meat as the Chinese use a variety. I don't know what else is in the soup; have never had it but it must be a delicacy!

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      1. re: scoopG
        kobetobiko Dec 29, 2007 09:20 AM

        from the menu I believe wildberry is just goji berry (red). This soup is double-boiled and yes, it is indeed a delicacy and supposed to be very good for your health.

        1. re: kobetobiko
          scoopG Dec 29, 2007 11:43 AM

          Wikipedia says the wolfberry is called Gouqizi in Mandarin and is red in color, mainly used in Chinese medicine. My English-Chinese dictionary calls the wolfberry: jiebai jiangguo de guanmu or "unite-white-berries from a shrub." To further cloud the issue the Chinese characters on the Congee Village menu use different Chinese characters to describe the wolfberry (not uncommon in Cantonese!)

          1. re: scoopG
            kobetobiko Dec 29, 2007 12:33 PM

            The Chinese menu of Congee village reads goji berry in Cantonese.

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