4 Fresh Chinese Yam Soup Recipes

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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 carrot
  • 1 small stalk celery
  • 3 fresh chinese mushroom
  • 300ml vegetable stock
  • Salt and sesame seed oil


  1. Peel the chinese yam and carrot and cut into pieces
  2. Wash the celery and cut into small sections
  3. Remove the stems of the mushrooms
  4. Bring the stock to a boil, add the chinese yam, carrot, celery and mushroom
  5. Add salt to taste
  6. 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
  • 100g carrot
  • 1800ml water
  • Salt and cooking wine


  1. Clean the pork ribs and parboil for 2 minutes
  2. Peel the carrot and chinese yam, cut into cubes
  3. Bring the water to a boil in a big pot
  4. Add the pork ribs and carrot
  5. Lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes
  6. Add the chinese yam
  7. Add the salt and cooking wine and cook for 1 minute
  8. Serve

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
  • Salt


  1. Peel the Chinese yam and cut into small chunks
  2. Wash and parboil the pork ribs
  3. Wash the red dates and remove the piths
  4. Boil water in a kettle
  5. Place the red dates, ribs, ginger into the slow cooker and add the boiling water
  6. Turn the slow cooker to low and cook for 20 to 30 minutes
  7. 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.


  1. Wash the Chinese yam and rinse the goji berries.
  2. Parboil the prime ribs for 3 minutes. Drain and trim off excess fats.
  3. Place the huai shan, Chinese wolfberries, ginger, prime pork ribs and the soup stock into the clay pot or double boiler
  4. 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
  5. Steam the soup for 2 hours
  6. 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.

Happy Souping, Phoebe