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The Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南羊肉汤 is such a classic, that is fast fading into oblivion. As society globalises, traditional dishes sometimes move into the background as tastes change and evolve when influences from other cuisines catch our attention. This soup is the taste of my childhood. By posting this here, I hope others will take it up again so that we remember the cooking of our forebears.

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