This soup went along well with last night’s roast duck fried rice. 😀 A bowl of piping hot soup, not to mention a highly nutritious one, on a rainy evening is trully comforting!
If you read Chinese, you can check out this site to read more about the benefits of consuming fresh chinese yam. In a nutshell, chinese yam is believed to have the ability to enhance vigour, promote muscle growth, repair worn-out tissue, improve immunity and alleviate bodily weakness after a long-term illness.
Fresh chinese yam with fresh foxnuts soup (山藥芡實湯)
*skip the dried scallop for tots below 18mths*
- Fresh chinese yam (wai san) – I didn’t weigh it but I think it’s about 300g
- 1 carrot (optional)
- a handful of red dates
- a handful of fresh foxnuts
- some fresh lotus seeds (remove pith)
- 1 chicken carcass (or 3 chicken breast bones)
- 1 soup pot of water
- 1 dried scallop (place in a small soup bag)
- 3 cloves garlic (leave them in their skin)
- salt/ fish sauce to taste
- Clean the chicken bones then blanch them in boiling water.
- Peel and chop the chinese yam and carrot into chunks.
- Rinse the dried scallop and red dates.
- Bring the chicken bones, dried scallop, red dates and garlic to a boil in a soup pot of water.
- Leave to simmer for a few hours on the stove.
- Sieve the soup: remove the bones and garlic return the red dates and dried scallop (take out from the small soup bag) to the soup.
- Add the rest of the ingredients about 10minutes before serving. Chinese yam softens very quickly so unless you like the mashy texture, don’t add it into the soup too early.
- Add salt to taste.
Alternatively, you can cook this stock in a slowcooker overnight, sieve the soup then transfer the stock base to a pot that’s suitable for cooking on the stove and just add the rest of the ingredients about 10minutes before serving.
Note: When handling and preparing the chinese yam, hold on to it with a clear plastic bag as it may cause skin irritation should it come into contact with your hands.
Alicia wasn’t a fan of the soup or the chinese yam but she took to the foxnuts… and she ate them like popcorn while watching Shrek 3 🙂