I first had this soup when I was at my Mom-in-law's back in Kuching a few months ago. I really love beans so I decided to recreate this soup here in Penang.
I noted that my mom-in-law used a variety of beans in her soup plus some chicken carcasses.
I was thinking of buying a handful of each type of beans but thought better of it! It would be such a waste if my own concoction didn't turn out right or taste right.
So I turned to Green Love's Multi Bean Soup Mix which had 5 types of beans in one packet (RM4.80 for a 250 gm packet). The beans were chick peas, kidney beans, borlotti beans, large lima beans and Great Northern Beans.
This bean premix pack can make a savoury or sweet soup.
I made a savoury soup with blanched pork bones which was delectable. I love beans in all manner so this was really comfort food.
Here's how you make a Five Bean Soup (makes 6 serving bowls of soup).
125 gm of beans from Green Love's Multi Bean Soup Mix
300 gm blanched pork bones
1 tbsp medlar seeds, soaked and drained
2 slices of ginger
6 dried red dates, soaked and de-seeded
Bring a pot of water to boil (about 1.5 liter). Add in all ingredients. Boil on high and uncovered for 10 minutes. Cover pot and boil on low/simmer for 2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste about 15 minutes before soup is ready. Let the soup 'rest' for 20 minutes before serving. I find this intensifies the taste!