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Fresh huai shan (鲜淮山)soup

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Huai shan(淮山) or shan yao (山药) (Chinese yam – English), is a type of vegetable which is neutral and sweet in nature. As mentioned in this site, Chinese yam is effective in relieving cough but should not be taken for cases with abdominal swelling and pain. Nowadays, fresh Chinese yam can be easily obtained in the wet market and supermarket. It can be used in cooking a variety of recipes ie porridge and soup. My son has been eating Chinese yam since small.

This recipe is adapted from Hawkers’ Fair Best Of All Time Favourite (double-boiled fresh huaishan and spare ribs soup).

300g spare ribs
200g fresh huai shan(鲜淮山) (peeled and cut into chunks)
50g carrot (chunks)
50g yu zhu (玉竹)
1 tbsp gou zi (枸子)
12-15 red dates (I added in these dates to increase the sweetness of the soup)
1000ml water

2 tbsp white rice wine (optional – omit it if this soup is prepared for toddlers)
Salt to taste

Methods (Double-boiled):
1. Blanch spare ribs, huai shan, yuk zhu, carrot, red dates and gou zi in boiling water for a short while. Dish and drain.
2. Put all ingredients and boiling water into a double-boiler and double-boil at medium heat for 2 hours. Add in seasoning and serve hot.

If fresh huai shan is not available, can substitute 100g dried huai shan.

Methods (Normal boiling – I used this method):
1. Blanch spare ribs in boiling water for a while. Dish and set aside.
2. Bring water to boiling, add in spare ribs, huai san, yuk zhu, carrot and red dates. Bring the soup to boiling again and then reduce the heat to small.
3. Boil for 2 hours. Towards the end, put in gou zi and boil for another 5 mins. Turn off the heat.
4. Season with salt and white rice wine. Serve.

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  1. sandra says:

    is there any certain methods when preparing the huai shan? I heard it can be rather slimy?

  2. MH says:

    Hi, the yuzhu is the dried ones?

  3. jjluve says:

    Is there a substitute for the white rice wine?

  4. Noon says:


    Is there a reason why we blanch the spare ribs? So we throw the boiling water away and reboil another pot of water for the soup?

  5. cogn says:

    is it a must to add yuzhu? I’m making it for a 17 months toddler..

    • food-4tots says:

      Cogn: Yuzhu tastes sweet and is neutral in nature. you’re making it for your toddler, it’s best to omit it. Please note that (as mentioned in my “ABOUT” page and “ALL RECIPES” page, my recipes are recommended for kids aged 2.5 years old and above. So, please use them with extra care and make the necessary adjustments if needed. 😉

  6. ying says:

    Hi Ms Low, where do u get such a big double boiler for so much water n ingredients? And the pot for containing the boiler must be even bigger? Thank you 🙂

  7. ying says:

    I see, so you use claypot to boil?

  8. ying says:

    Ok many thanks for your advice 🙂

  9. FoodieR says:

    Hi, do you have the Chinese recipe for the fresh huai shan soup? TIA.

  10. Jean says:


    Can I boil this soup as stock and freeze for 1-2 weeks?

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