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Chinese Yam Goji and Pork Ribs Soup

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Chinese yam (huáishān 淮山 in Chinese) is quite often used in making soups. It helps to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, revive our appetite and contains antioxidants.

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I love adding some goji berries as they’re good for eye health. So this Chinese yam and goji soup is so nourishing.

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Tastewise, it’s very delicious. You can see the recipe below that pork bones, several red dates and dried scallops are added to create a depth of flavours. Give it a try. Your family will like this soup as much as we do.

Chinese Yam Goji and Pork Ribs Soup Recipe

(Printable recipe)

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 3 to 4 serves

Chinese Yam Goji and Pork Ribs Soup

  • 560 gm pork bones
  • 480 gm Chinese yam
  • 1 ear sweet corn, chopped in chunks
  • 10 gm goji berries, rinsed and drained
  • 15 gm dried red dates, soaked and deseeded
  • 2 dried scallops
  • 2 dried candied dates
  • 4 to 5 slices ginger
  • 2½ L water
  • salt, to taste
Chinese Yam and Pork Rib Soup Procedures

  1. Rinse the pork bones. Put them in a pot of water. Heat over high heat. Cook and blanch to remove blood and impurities. Drain up and rinse with tap water. Set aside.
  2. Peel the Chinese yam. Remember to put on a pair of gloves as its sticky juice might cause skin allergy.
  3. In a large pot, pour 2½ liters of water. Put all the ingredients, except the salt, into the pot. Cover and cook on high heat. When it boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 1 to 1½ hours, or until the flavour in soup is developed well. Season with salt. Serve immediately.

  • The red dates need to be deseeded. Yet, there’re deseeded, dried red dates available at Asian grocers for convenience.
  • Chinese yam can be found at any Asian grocery.


  1. This has me miss my mom's pork ribs soup :-) Yours looks very flavourful and yummy.

  2. Hi Christine,

    If I were to use dried Chinese yam for this soup recipe, how many grams should it be?

  3. Hi Lai,
    You need less of dried ones, as they will enlarge after cooking. Oftentimes, I just add 8 to 10 slices of dried yam to make soup for convenience. You might adjust accordingly as the size might be different.

  4. Hi Christine, what's Chinese Yam called i Cantonese? and where can i find it in Sydney? Thank you in advance.

  5. Hi Meow Meow,
    Chinese Yam is called 山藥. I got it from an Asian grocery 唐人鋪. Think that you can get some from any Asian grocery stores in Sydney too.

    Happy cooking!