Chinese Four Herbs Soup (四神汤)
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Delicate tasting Chinese Four Herbs Soup helps to improve poor appetite, supports the digestive system, spleen and nerves.
Recipe type: Slow Simmer Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 30 g dried Chinese yam (淮山)
  • 30 g lotus seed (湘莲子) - with or without skin
  • 20 g euryale seeds (芡实)
  • 55 g poria (茯苓)
  • 350 g pork spare ribs (lean meat or chicken is also fine)
  • 5 large dried scallops - optional
  • 1.5 l water
  • Salt
  1. Soak dried scallops in a small bowl of water (about 100 ml) till soften. You may let them soak overnight in the fridge. In a small pot, blanch pork ribs in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  2. Gently rinse all herbs and add with water into a soup pot and bring to a boil. Add the soaking water for the dried scallops into the soup pot too. Once the water boils, add the pork ribs and simmer for 1½ hours. Season with salt if required and serve hot.
Cooking Notes
The optional ingredients will add more sweetness into the soup. If you want the original taste of Four Herbs soup, you may omit the optional ingredients.
Recipe by Souper Diaries at