Healthy Asian Apple Soup
Story behind this recipe
This soup is believed to be able to strengthen the digestive system, and also to "moisturize" one's system during dry weather. One can also replace apples and pears with 1 big papaya.
2 to 3 green apples
1 to 2 pears
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup black eyed beans
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup small red beans
Pearl barley (optional)
Small amount of ham (lean meat only) or lean pork
3-4 l water
Put all ingredients in cold water, use high heat to bring to boil. Then simmer for 3-5 hours (or until the desired amount of liquid is left)
If desired, add salt to taste.
Note: If lean pork is use instead of ham, rinse the pork with boiling water a few times before using it to make in soup (this will make the soup clear)