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Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup (山藥排骨湯) | Yi Reservation

Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup (山藥排骨湯)

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Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup (山藥排骨湯)

The past week has been quite uneventful. Both Alice and I had a great time kitten sitting Oreo and Midnight (now re-named to Tinkerbell) for a friend of us. Since both kitties had been up for adoption so we decide to make our apartment their permanent home.

In the middle of the week I was shocked and flattered to find out Yi Reservation had been featured on Saveur Magazine’s 50 More Food Blogs You Should Be Reading. To all the readers out there, I really appreciate for your support and I hope you will continue to check out this site.

After a three week fight I was finally over with my cold and allergy by this weekend. This epic was one of the worst I’ve ever experience. I attribute my recovery to nonstop intake of various medicines as well as my secret weapon – a tasty and nutritious soup made with Chinese yam and pork spareribs.Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup (山藥排骨湯)

This easy to make Chinese yam and spareribs soup shares many similarities with the pig trotter soup I made to cure my cold last December. As I mentioned last time, both goji berry and Chinese yam are thought to have incredible medical use in Chinese cooking.

Chinese yam is used widely in all kinds of Chinese dishes. Besides its slight sweet taste this root vegetable is rich in protein, and vitamin B, C, E. Additionally, Chinese yam is a perfect diet meal. It is high in fiber and a low in calorie so it makes you feel full very easily without guilt.

Goji berry is sold in specialty stores and Whole Foods. The fresh Chinese yam is available in Chinese or Japanese supermarket. Alternatively you can also just the dried Chinese yam(淮山) .

step-by-step recipe


  • 1.5 lb Spareribs
  • 2 lb Fresh Chinese yam (山藥)
  • 2 tbsp Goji berry
  • 5 slice Ginger
  • 2 Scallion
  • 2 cup Chinese rice wine or rice cooking wine
  • 8 cups Water (1/2 gallon)
  • Salt to taste


Use a potato peeler to peel off the Chinese yam skin. Be aware that the yam is very slimy. Cut the yam into 1 x 1 x 3 inch chunks.Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup Recipe Blanch the ribs in boiling water for a few minutes to get rid of the blood and impurities. Rinse in cold water.Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup Recipe In a heavy soup stock pot, combine the water, ribs, goji berry, and ginger. Bring to boil and continue to cook for 30 minutes. Add the Chinese yam and cook in medium heat for 30 minutes. Finally add the rice wine and cook in low heat for another 30 minutes with the lid on. Add salt to taste.Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup Recipe

While you enjoy this fall-off-the-bone-tender rib soup please share with me your secret weapon to cold and allergy?
Fresh Chinese Yam with Spareribs Soup (山藥排骨湯)

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  1. 11

    My first time and it was easy. So tasty. I really soaked and blanched and then rinse the ribs well worth the effort. I used shaoxing wine not sure if that’s what I meant to use. Next time I will use a bit less as strong flavour. Thank you 

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  7. 6

    Just want to know is Chinese Yam same as Taro? Thanks.

  8. 5

    re fighting allergies….I find that if my gut is “happy” then my allergies are less of an issue. I use quercetin (found in citrus peel among other places), s. boulardii (a pro-biotic) and often Histame (diamine oxydase which I believe is low or missing in those of us who are plagued with allergies) frequently (3-4 times a day). With proper hydration of fairly hot water and these supps PLUS oatmeal, my gut remains mostly “happy” and my allergies stay subdued. Benadryl rounds out the picture as needed.

    • 5.1

      Hi Judy, thank you very much for the remedy. I have never been on any kind of supplements so far but i’d try them if i get a bad case of allergy again. Do you buy all these supplements separately?

  9. 4

    You forgot to mention that the spareribs are fall of the bone tender!

  10. 3

    i feel like a bowl of this right now! this looks like something my mum’d make too. i never really believed in the healing/health benefits of chinese soups until recently actually, and have been incorporating things like goji in my cooking too! wish we can find chinese yams around here…hmmm.

    btw, congrats on the well deserved saveur mention!

    • 3.1

      Thanks Viv. Chinese yam is in season right now here so you might be able to find it in a large Asian supermarket.

  11. 2

    My mom used to make this soup a few times a year when it got cold out. It was delicious and tonifying. Can’t believe it’s this easy to make.

    Thanks for sharing!

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