Yen Can Cook ~ Chinese Yam & Red Dates Soup

Chinese Yam 山药/淮山, or nagaimo in Japanese, is a one of the species in yam family.  Native to China and East Asia, this edible tubers are cultivated largely in Asia and sometimes used in alternative medicine. This species of yam is unique as the tubers can be eaten raw. (Source)

Chinese Yam can be purchased fresh as a vegetable root or dried as Chinese traditional medicine herb. The taste of Chinese yam is quite similar to water chestnut, but firmer with secretion of slippery mucilage just like okra. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners claim that Chinese yam can restore the vital energy, ‘Qi’.  It is considered to stimulate the spleen, lungs, and kidneys.


Ingredients (Serve: 3-4)

400g pork ribs/pork soup bones/chicken

800g-1kg Chinese yam, peeled and cut into large chunks

6-8 red dates, de-seeded

Handful of wolfberries (Goji)

2500ml water

salt to taste


Step 1: Bring a pot of water to boil, scald the pork ribs in boiling water to remove blood and impurities. Remove, drain and set aside.

Step 2: Put all the ingredients (except the wolfberries) into a pot and add in water until enough to immerse all the ingredients. Bring to boil and lower the heat and let the soup simmer for 2-3 hours.

Step 3: Add in wolfberries, season with salt and serve.



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