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

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Herbal Pork Soup with Longans (and Ginger)

Submitted by on October 31, 2012 – 9:59 am6 Comments | 40,891 views

Soup Name: Herbal Pork Soup with Longans (and Ginger)

Traditional Chinese Name:  清豬骨湯 (qīng zhū gǔ tāng)

A mildly sweet soup containing mainly Chinese herbs and dried additives, it’s an easy make and great for cold days or someone who needs to replenish their heat and warmth. It comes highly recommended as a basis for confinement and you can double-boil it with Chicken as well for added warming and healing properties. It’s not an overly powerful soup and is appropriate for the whole family (use a more dilute concentration if children are drinking it).


What Ingredients are required?

The portions below yield 4 cups (for confinement purposes):

500 g of pork shank (or pork marrows and bones for confinement)
10 g of dried Astragalus Root
15 g of dried Codonopsis Pilosula Root
20 g of dried Chinese Yam
20 g of dried longans
10 g of dried wolfberries 

slices of ginger (optional)
6 cups of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your soup water
  2. Boil pork for 5 minutes in a separate pot of water to blanch it
  3. Drain pork and set aside
  4. When your soup water boils, all add the ingredients together
  5. Boil with a cover on medium heat for 1.5 hours
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • It is a naturally and mildly sweet soup
  • It is warming and brings heat to the body (more heat if you add ginger)
  • Excellent post natal soup for confinement mothers, but also ideal for cold winter days
  • Helps with blood circulation and improving immunity

Any precautions?

  • For children, go easy on the ginger because that can really spice up the soup!
  • Keep the concentration of herbs light if you’re serving to children

Similar soups:

This is a good portion for 4 cups (ideal for confinement) – a confining mother could drink this for 2 days (in combination with other soups)


  • Jacqueline says:

    I plan to make this soup with the silkie black chicken. Is it okay for pregnant woman to eat and drink?

  • Priscilla says:

    Can you update the Chinese name of this soup. It doesn’t translate correctly to the English.

    Thanks for posting – my husband made this soup for me for confinement!

  • LadyTong says:

    Thanks, Priscilla! Updated!

  • Rebecca says:


    I do not have a weighing machine. Can you roughly tell me using 500g pork, 4 person, how many pcs of dangsheng, Beiqi, Chinese Yam, Longans? 6 cups water is how many litres?

    Sorry am new to cooking soup.

    Many thanks

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Rebecca, consider using: 3-4 pieces of large dried Chinese Yam, 10 dried longans, 20 dried wolfberries, 3-4 pieces of each root. Hope that helps! You’ll definitely get the hang of out it as you cook more! Congrats on your new journey! Lisa

  • May says:

    Hi Lady Tong,

    Enjoy reading your website, new to cooking soup. How many litres are equivalent to 6 cups? Thanks

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