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Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Carrot and Sweet Corn Soup with Barley and Pork Shank

Submitted by on November 8, 2009 – 2:33 pm6 Comments | 25,760 views

Soup Name:  Carrot and Sweet Corn Soup with Barley and Pork Shank

Traditional Chinese Name:蘿蔔玉米豬展 (hóng luóbo yù mǐ zhū zhǎn tāng)


This soup is ideal excellent in dispelling excess body moisture with nourishing and cooling properties.  It is helpful in eliminating heatiness, dissolving phlegm and stimulating saliva secretion.  It is a naturally sweet soup that is ideal for children. 

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
4-5 large dried dates
8 water chestnuts
2 fresh corn
80g of raw and ripe barley
2 litres of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it?

  1. Pre-marinate the pork overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  2. Boil a separate pot of water to blanch the pork shank
  3. Wash and chop carrots and corn
  4. Boil your soup water
  5. Wash and soak for 10 minutes the barley and honey dates
  6. When your soup water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to simmer for another 3 hours
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • Excellent source of carbohydrates
  • Ideal to dispel heatiness and body moisture
  • Dissolves phlegm and stimulates saliva secretion

Any precautions?

  • Precaution taken for women who are menstruating and/or less than 3 months pregnant due to the cooling effects of the water chestnuts


  • Joyce Tham says:


    may I know how many people can the portion that’s given above serve? There’s only 4 of us actually.

  • LadyTong says:

    On average, for 4, it will generate probably 2 large bowls each. You can always reduce the soup to less water if you feel it’s too much. Soup to me is like the dish that comes before, in the middle and afterward – my family can drink 2 or more bowls each so it’s definitely enough for 4. Hope this helps. Lisa

  • Poohella says:

    Hello, I am wondering if lotus root, or arrowroot may be substituted for the water chestnut? Also, is any kind of in-bone portion of the pig suitable to be used in soups (such as pork neck bones, pork rib, etc.)? Thank You!!

  • LadyTong says:

    Hi Poohella, you can substitute lotus root or arrowroot with water chestnuts – however their since lotus roots and arrow root are neutral ingredients, while water chestnuts is considered cooling, it’s something to consider about the condition of the body and the usage (if it matters). As well, yes, feel free to use pork neck bones and or pork ribs, however these cuts tend to have more fat. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • This is comfort food for me. Like your recipe..

  • Alice says:

    Hi LadyTong, am wondering if adding ginger for drinkers with cold-body constitution will negate the anti-cough and phlegm of the soup?

    Thank you.

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