Lotus Root Soup with Peanut

This is a simple and delicious clear soup that needs a little longer time to cook in order to have softer peanut. Lotus root is a good source of iron and vitamins. Mock meat can be added, if desired.
Preparation: 10 mins, Cooking time: 90 mins

Ingredients (serves 4)
° 250g lotus root, peeled and sliced
° 1 ear corn, cut into 4 pieces
° 75g raw peanuts, soaked at least for 4 hours and drained
° 8 seedless red dates
° 2-3 honey dates
° 1.5 litres water
° 1 slice ginger
° salt, to taste
° pepper, to taste
° a small handful fresh coriander leaves or spring onion, for garnish

1. Place all the ingredients and water in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 75 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.