Chinese Yam Soup
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A clear, delicious and aromatic soup of Chinese yam with chicken, dried scallops and goji berries. This soup helps to replenish energy, improve eyesight and overall good health.
Recipe type: Slow Simmer Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
  • 500 g chicken parts with skin removed (or use 2 - 3 chicken carcasses)
  • 4 dried scallops - soaked in ½ cup water (reserve soaking water)
  • 2 dried honey dates (optional)
  • Fresh Chinese yam - 350 g - cut diagonally (or sections or rings if preferred)
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 6 dried red dates
  • 5½ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  1. Rinse chicken. Parboil the chicken in boiling water for 2 - 3 minutes to get rid of gunk and excess oils.
  2. Place the chicken, dried scallops (with soaking water), dried red dates, dried honey dates and water into a soup pot. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1.5 - 2 hours.
  3. Use an oil strainer to skim off excess oils from the soup. Then add Chinese yam and simmer for another 30 minutes. Add goji berries in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Salt to taste and serve.
Cooking Notes
You can also add goji berries at the start of cooking but the soup won't be as clear looking.
Recipe by Souper Diaries at