My family has always liked seaweed soup for health reasons. Many years ago my mother had to eat seaweed soup twice a week to help her control her thyroid problems. She was unable to pay for any medical treatment in Singapore so she just had to make do with seaweed soup. And by God's grace she was cured. She did not have to go for any more treatment or even surgery . And as her children we were very worried about her health and the lump in her throat..but in the end every thing was fine thanks to seaweed.
It was really admirable the way my mother would soak the seaweed in a tub and then later cut them into small pieces. We children would help her knot the pieces of seaweed and then put them into a pot to boil to get rid of the smell of the sea (sieng) and also the last bits of gritty sand. When boiled for a long time with some pork bones the soup was really excellent. We slowly grew to love the soup because it was something which would give our mother good health. And never mind the lousy greyish green looks.
Nanri Island today produces the best seaweed in the world. I was lucky tobe able to see the island's seaweed production first hand together with friends from the island. It was a wonderful visit.
|Pretty Assistant Pastor who showed us the width of the best seaweed.|
|This is the special boat which brings seaweed to the show. Very ingenious design.|
|A back breaking job under the sun. Owner and employee work together under the sun. In the misty distance are more boats looking for seaweed and shrimps in the rich East China Sea.|
This trip to Nanri Island only made more realise how important a clean sea is for us human beings. We have to keep our environment free from pollution. If the sea beaches are clean seaweeds become more organic and more valueable. this is how God has planned for us originally. Mankind must appreciate God's creation and keep our honour and value the earth more each day.
This was also the day we all had one fresh abalone each. We were given a big parcel of 22 abalones by a sister from a church. She was so friendly and helpful. And our leader Meng Lei of Chinese Methodist Message (Sibu) was made to eat THREE abalones because he worked the hardest.
If you have a chance to visit Putien or Xiamen...just spend one or two days touring Nanri Island and you can see how all the beautiful seafood like abalone and sea cucumber are reared..And do buy some seaweed as gifts besides the abalone...
thanks to the Chow Hoo Church pastors and brothers and sisters for bringing us around. Our eyes were really opened!!
We should all appreciate seaweed soup even more from now on...