Chinese yam soup with different meats and other Chinese herbs can improve digestion, helps reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar.
Chinese yam is sold in 2 forms: dried and fresh. Dried Chinese yam is known as 淮山 (huai shan) while the fresh version is known as 山药 (shan yao).
Fresh Chinese yam. Photo by Phoebe Lim
Chinese Yam Soup Recipes
1. Clear soup with fresh chinese yam
This soup is good for the spleen and lungs. It is cooling and can help ease diarrhea. It is also a vegetarian soup.
200g fresh chinese yam
1 small stalk celery
3 fresh chinese mushroom
300ml vegetable stock
Salt and sesame seed oil
Peel the chinese yam and carrot and cut into pieces
Wash the celery and cut into small sections
Remove the stems of the mushrooms
Bring the stock to a boil, add the chinese yam, carrot, celery and mushroom
Add salt to taste
Dash of sesame seed oil before serving
2. Pork soup with carrot and fresh chinese yam
Lost your appetite because of stress? Add pork ribs to a fresh Chinese yam soup. It alleviates late night fatigue. A welcoming soup for the overworked executive.
200g fresh chinese yam
300g pork ribs
Salt and cooking wine
Clean the pork ribs and parboil for 2 minutes
Peel the carrot and chinese yam, cut into cubes
Bring the water to a boil in a big pot
Add the pork ribs and carrot
Lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes
Add the chinese yam
Add the salt and cooking wine and cook for 1 minute
3. Pork bone soup with Chinese yam and red dates
There are benefits to using bones in soups, namely that they contain calcium ions, which is easily absorbed by the body. For people who are lactose-intolerant, this is a good way to get more calcium into the body.
This is a good soup for people recovering from an illness. It is appetizing with the red dates and fresh Chinese yam.
75g fresh Chinese yam
6-8 red dates
300g pork ribs
3-5 pieces ginger
4 cups water
Peel the Chinese yam and cut into small chunks
Wash and parboil the pork ribs
Wash the red dates and remove the piths
Boil water in a kettle
Place the red dates, ribs, ginger into the slow cooker and add the boiling water
Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes
Add the Chinese yam and salt and cook for another 10 minutes or until they are cooked
4. Pork soup with Chinese yam and goji berries
This pork soup is a simple light herbal soup, aimed at maintaining general health.
The directions given below is for double boiling. if you have the Chinese double boiling jar, use it to make this soup. If not, a slow cooker or a deep pot on a stove top would work too. Use more water accordingly. Double boiling uses the least water.
1 large clay or ceramic soup pot or double boiler
1 large pot for steaming or a slow cooker
220g prime ribs
50g huai shan
10 Chinese wolfberries/goji berries
3 slices ginger
1000ml soup stock of sufficient to cover the ingredients
Salt & pepper
Goji berries are quite sweet and is nice to eat. But not too much.
Wash the Chinese yam and rinse the goji berries.
Parboil the prime ribs for 3 minutes. Drain and trim off excess fats.
Place the huai shan, Chinese wolfberries, ginger, prime pork ribs and the soup stock into the clay pot or double boiler
Bring water to boil in the large pot or wok or pour boiling water in the slow cooker and place the soup pot or double-boiler half-submerged in the water
Steam the soup for 2 hours
Add the salt and pepper before serving
Dried Chinese Yam 淮山 (huai shan)
Dried Chinese yam. Photo by Phoebe Lim
Dried Chinese yam comes in long whitish strips and is more common in Singapore. They are also better for simmering soups. You don't have to eat the Chinese yam but it is an excellent source of carbohydrates.