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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

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Chinese Pumpkin with Sweet Potato and Tomato Soup

Submitted by on May 30, 2010 – 9:58 am5 Comments | 19,529 views

Soup Name: Chinese pumpkin with sweet potato and tomato soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 三甘湯 (sān gān tāng)

The name is quite interesting because I learned about this soup from my vegetable vendor in the wet mart in Hong Kong.  The 3 (三 – sān) implies 3 keys vegetables ingredients, that being:  Chinese pumpkin, sweet potato and tomatos.  The base of this soup is rich in vitamins, extremely sweet and a neutral soup for the whole family to drink.  You can add other ingredients to this vegetable soup pending your creativity and physical needs.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank (optional if you want a vegetarian soup)
1/2 fresh Chinese pumpkin
5 fresh tomatoes
3 fresh sweet potatoes
10 dried longans
2 fresh onions

2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of oil (optional to pan-fry onions)
How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil your soup water
  2. Blanch pork in boiling water
  3. Cut up pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and onions into large cubes
  4. In a shallow pan, quickly fry the onions (optional step, but it really enhances the flavour of the onions in the soup)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to simmer for another hour.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for children (including the rich broth and hearty ingredients)
  • Soup is rich in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • Ingredients are great for the eyes and aides in digestion

Any precautions?

  • None!  Enjoy!
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  • Tracy says:

    What a colorful soup! Looks delicious 🙂

  • Oh, this looks SO DELISH!!! I love all Chinese soups– I wish I could eat it everyday! What is a Chinese pumpkin? Thank you for sharing this wonderful and simple recipe. More, pretty please?

  • LadyTong says:

    Thanks CheeseGoddess! Chinese pumpkin is a bit different from Western pumpkins. The skin is thinner for starters and the meat is less “stringy” and more like the texture of a potato. I don’t know how else to explain it but it’s similar in texture (internally) to a Japanese pumpkin. You’ll definitely have to ask your local supermarket. Lisa

  • Lilacs says:

    Oh no….I bought the wrong kind of sweet potato! I got confused for a minute at the market and ended picking the wrong variety. I bought the brown skin one with the pale white/yellow flesh. Can I still use for this soup? Thanks!

  • LadyTong says:

    yes yes, you can any type (maybe with the exception of dark purple sweet potato), but brown skin with pale white/yellow flesh is totally OK. I sometimes use both this one and the orange flesh for sweet potato soup. Lisa

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