Yen Can Cook ~ Yacon and Corn Soup

Yacon 雪莲果, is a perennial root vegetable that looks something like a sweet potato but the texture and flavour are very similar to jicama, sweet and crunchy.

Yacon tuber roots are used to produce sweet syrup and powder since the root juices hold a great deal of fructooligosaccharides which is a polysaccharide made up of fructose. This polysaccharide is sweet tasting but indigestible when it reaches the gut meaning that it holds no calorific value and passes directly through the body. Yacon root also has prebiotic action which the fructooligosaccharides act as a food to the healthy bacteria in the lower intestine promoting their effectiveness. Having a good amount of healthy bacteria is important to the digestion and immunity.

Solomon’s Seal 玉竹 (Yuk Zhu), is a genus of flowering plants and the root part is dried and used as Chinese medical herb. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Yuk Zhu is mildly cooling and nourishes the lung and stomach. The herb is also known to moisten dryness in the lungs and strengthen the stomach. It can relieve dry throat or dry heaty coughs.


Ingredients (Serve: 3-4)

1/2 chicken(approximately 500g – 600g), cut into pieces

1 yacon, cut into chunks

1 carrot, cut into chunks

1 corn, cut into chunks

20g Solomon’s Seal (Yuk Zhu), rinsed.

6-8 red dates, de-seeded

2500ml water

Salt to taste


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

Step 2: Put all the ingredients 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 salt to taste and serve.



HAPPY COOKING! #stayhealthy


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