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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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Longan Meat in Turtle Soup

Submitted by on March 13, 2010 – 8:27 pm5 Comments | 19,057 views

Soup Name: Longan Meat in Turtle Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 龍眼水魚湯 (lóng yǎn shuǐ yú tāng)

A warm and healing soup, it’s often recommended for cold winter days and/or pregnancy and confinement.  The turtle meat is said to be a healing meat (similar to chicken) and can be made with a variety of Chinese herbs.

What Ingredients are required?

1 whole fresh soft shell turtle
15 dried longans
1 foot fresh Chinese yam
2 slices of ginger
5 dried red dates
1 fresh lily bulb (or dried)

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash turtle meat and shell
  2. In a pan, fry meat and shell with ginger on high heat until cooked
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Soak and wash dried longans, red dates and lily bulb
  5. Wash and chop Chinese yam (be sure to wear gloves as raw Chinese yam will make your hands itchy)
  6. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for 30 minutes and then simmer on medium heat for another 3 hours.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Healing soup ideal for confinement and early pregnancy (or post surgical recovery)
  • Good for urinary infections and bladder
  • Helps with asthma and breathing complications (such as shortage of breath)
  • The shell is an excellent source of collagen

Any precautions?

  • Thoroughly clean and wash turtle, including shell
  • Soup might be too heaty for some people

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  • Cathie Patterson says:

    Where can I purchase already caught snapping turtle in Toronto for your soup recipe. What markets offer snapping turtle.

    Thank you.


  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Cathie,
    These freshwater turtles are readily available in most markets in Asia. As for Toronto, have you tried China town? I’ve read in some forums that you can purchase turtles in the downtown core (ie: Spadina/Dundas area). Hope this helps! Lisa

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  • Feb says:

    Hi, can I change turtle to beef or pork? THank you.

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Feb, yes you can change the turtle meat into pork. Recommend pork over beef for soups though (unless it’s a quickfire soup). Chinese soups don’t commonly use beef. Hope this helps, Lisa.

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