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Pumpkin Chicken Soup

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Inspired by: 滋補炖汤 The World of Nourishing & Fine Soups

580g skinless chicken keels (note 1)
400g pumpkin (I used Japanese pumpkin)
18 nos large red dates
5 large dried oysters 蚝豉 (I used Japanese dried oysters) (note 2)
2 dried beancurd skins (腐竹)
1900 ml water

Salt to taste


  1. Rinse and de-bone (keep the bones) chicken keels. Cut into pieces. Scald chicken pieces and bones over boiling water for a while. Rinse and drain under cold running water. Set aside.
  2. Deseed and rinse pumpkin. Cut into pieces, leaving skin intact.
  3. Rinse and soak dried oysters in hot water for 5 minutes. Cut into pieces.
  4. Rinse and deseed red dates.
  5. Rinse and soak dried beancurd skins till soften. Drain, cut into pieces and set aside.
  6. Put water in a large pot and bring it to a boil. Add in all the ingredients (except for dried beancurd skins) and bring to another boil again. Then reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  7. After 1.5 hours, add in dried beancurd skins.
  8. After 2 hours, off the heat and season with salt.


  1. You can substitute with chicken breast or chicken drumsticks.
  2. You can omit dried oysters if your family doesn’t like the taste or someone is allergic to seafood.
  3. Pumpkin skin is edible. It’s good to eat pumpkin skin as it contains anti-fungal properties (Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition & Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry )


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  1. tigerfish says:

    I am also for soups! This pumpkin chicken soup is very nutritious, and imagine if I had some leftover pumpkin in the chicken-based soup, I may puree it the next day to make pumpkin soup. Haha…wonder if that works.

    I also hope that “haze haze go away’ soon for Singapore and Malaysia.

  2. Love this Asian style healthy and nutritious version of pumpkin soup. 🙂

  3. noobcook says:

    wholesome and healthy soup!

  4. It looks very tasty and nutritious!

  5. new mum says:

    Hi food4 tots mummy, I just made this soup today and its superb! It taste really wholesome with natural sweetness ! My only regret is adding insufficient water which means no extras for my husband tonight! Hee

    Thanks for sharing this simple and wonderful recipe!!

  6. Selene says:

    Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I was searching for a recipe to cook my pumpkin, chicken and red dates together, and voila I found your perfect recipe! Trying it out tonight. Will replace the dried oysters with dried scallops though, guess it works the same!

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