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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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Monkey Head Mushroom with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

Submitted by on December 27, 2019 – 5:26 pmNo Comment | 10,799 views


Soup Name: Monkey Head Mushroom with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

Chinese Name: 猴頭菇豬湯 (hóu tóu gū zhū tāng)


Fresh monkey head mushrooms are a seasonal buy so you can imagine that when they are available, the veggie vendors all recommend this product.  It is an extremely versatile product in that you can use it with a variety of vegetables, meats and additives.  It is commonly found as a dried product for soup usage as well.  This soup was made to help address cough and bugs in the family during the winter season.  You can use a chicken soup base if you’d like it warmer, but I went with a pork base and threw in a good piece of dried tangerine peel to help with the cough.  This soup is quite tasty, mildly sweet and savory, easy on the stomach, and perfect for the whole family!


What Ingredients are required?

mushroom head pork shank soup 01

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your soup water
  2. In a separate smaller pot, boil some water and when the water boils, blanch your pork
  3. Rinse all the herbs in warm water and set aside
  4. Separately, use a small sharp-edged knife to scrape the dark (outer) side of the dried tangerine peel.  This will help reduce the bitterness somewhat of the peel, but this is completely up to you on how pungent of a taste you’d like in the soup!
  5. Wash and cut the corn
  6. Using gloves, wash, peel, and cut the fresh Chinese Yam.  You’ll need gloves because they tend to make your hands itchy if you touch them with bare hands.
  7. When your soup water boils, add all the ingredients together
  8. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes and reduce to a simmer for another 2.5 hours
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for the lungs to help relieve cough
  • Helps moisten the lungs and throat
  • This soup is said to help strengthen the lungs

Any precautions?

  • Mushrooms can irritate people with gout conditions, so take precaution when consuming
  • Be sure to buy dried mushrooms from a reputable source
  • Ginseng is optional as too much can actually be too cooling



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