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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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Papaya and Corn with Yam in Pork Broth

Submitted by on July 5, 2009 – 3:04 pm6 Comments | 28,921 views

Soup Name: Papaya and Corn with Yams in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 


A mild soup that is great for children and ideal for confinement.  With a few simple ingredients that are readily available, you can whip up this soup in no time.  It takes minimal prep time and is very sweet to taste and the contents are edible.  I make this soup quite often because the children love it and it’s high in Vitamin C.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank
1 large fresh papaya
1 foot of fresh chinese yam
2 fresh corn

2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the pork)

How do I prepare it?

  • Pre-marinate the pork overnight with the salt (although this step is not necessary)
  • Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  • Boil your soup water
  • Peel, wash  and chop papaya & corn into large chunks
  • Peel, wash and chop chinese yam into large chunks (wear gloves when handling fresh chinese yam as it will cause your fingers to itch)
  • Once water is boiling, add all the ingredients together
  • Boil on high for 30 minutes.   Reduce to simmering for 2 hours (or use internal pot).
  • Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • Neutral soup that is ideal for children and toddlers
  • Especially ideal for confinement as the chinese yam helps with reduction of uterus and post birth
  • High in vitamin C and fibers (if you eat the papaya and corn)

Any precautions?

  • Fresh yams will cause your fingers and hands to itch if handled directly (ie: direct contact).  Use gloves when washing, peeling and chopping.
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  • poutpout says:

    Thanks for posting this receipe! I find this a wholesome meal by itself! Very do-able with the thermal pot. I am never great at cooking, but I the soup tasted good enough for me after 2 tries!

    My family is small (2 adults and 1 kid), so I use 300 g pork (shoulder meat), half a papaya, one corn and about a foot long of the Chinese yam and 2 litres of water. Since it’s half the amount if ingredients that I can buy each time from the supermart, I can easily make this soup 2 times a week!

    In order not to waste the ingredients, I would recommend to cut the Chinese yam in thin slices or even strips so that most or part of it would disintegrate and ‘melt’ into the soup, making the soup more starchy.

    In addition, I took out the papaya and removed the corn bits from the cob and mixed them up with the rice so it was easier for my 2.5 yo ds to take the fibre and remaining nutrients left in them.

    Thanks again.. You have just helped turned a mommy who never cook regular meals become more interested in cooking!

  • nicole says:

    Possible to use dried chinese yam instead of fresh?


  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Nicole, absolutely! Fresh is more sweet and milky, but otherwise very similar in terms of benefits. The only catch is that you’d need to rinse the dried ones well in warm water as the curing process of the Chinese Yam has some sulfur in it. Hope this helps! Lisa

  • Amy says:


    I will be going for C-Sect delivery. Is it ok to eat Chinese Yam right after that?
    Some folks said that yam may cause itch to the wound.

  • Jessie says:

    Hi LadyTong, I am just loving your soup recipes! I’m just wondering, does interchanging chicken instead of pork change the health benefits of the soups?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Jessie, actually depends on the soup is where you can interchange pork and chicken. For this one, yah, absolutely! Some soups are pretty specific, like ginseng and chicken, but actually, a lot of traditional Chinese soups have both chicken and pork! There’s not difference in benefits, except that Chicken is usually known to have more fat content. Ah, and chicken is considered a “warmer” soup, where as if you’re boiling “cooling” soups, use pork instead. Hope this helps! Lisa

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