Chinese Yam Soup (Huai Shan soup 淮山汤)
Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 4
A very nutritious Chinese soup for both young and old.
  • 1 stick of fresh Chinese yam (huai shan or wai san), peeled and cut into chunks - you can obtain this at both supermarkets and wet markets
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 packet of vacuum packed fresh lotus seeds
  • 5 dried scallops
  • 2-3 chicken carcasses
  • 8-10 seedless red dates, rinsed
  • 1 handful wolfberries, rinsed
  • 3L water
  • 250g pork ribs (optional)
  • fish balls (optional) - I added it as my little girl loves fish balls but traditionally, fish balls aren't added in this soup.
  • salt/ fish sauce to taste
  1. Place the chicken carcasses in a pot of water (enough to cover the bones) and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove the chicken carcasses and place them in a soup bag together with the rinsed red dates.
  3. Place the soup bag in a soup pot of water and add the rinsed dried scallops. Bring this to a boil.
  4. Add the carrots and lotus seeds once the soup is boiling.
  5. Let it simmer for about 1.5 hours then add the chinese yam. Cook for another 30 minutes or so or till chinese yam is tender.
  6. Add wolfberries 5 minutes before serving.
  7. If adding fish balls, add it together with the wolfberries. Once the fishballs float up, they are cooked.
  8. Add salt/ fish sauce to taste.
1. When preparing Chinese yam, be sure to wear plastic gloves or handle it with a plastic bag as should your skin come into contact with the peeled chinese yam, it will itch.

2. Pork ribs may be added if desired.
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