Huai Shan ABC Vegetable Soup

Chinese ABC Soup with Fresh Chinese Yam Root (Huai Shan) and Dried Anchovies


Huai Shan ABC Vegetable Soup

“Flavourful and healthy clear vegetable soup which you have to cook it for your family. Trust me, it’s much likeable by everyone!”

There is’t special for cooking Chinese ABC vegetables soup (assorted vegetable soup) with pork ribs. But I just learnt a different way to cook it more delightful!

Maybe not to you, but it was new to me.
My friend cooked the ABC vegetables soup with dried anchovies (dried ikan bilis 江鱼仔)!
I thought the taste of dried achovies would not complement the vegetables in soup, but it does, indeed.

I added fresh Chinese Yam Root/ Huai Shan (淮山) as one of the vegetable ingredients in the soup. We liked to eat fresh Chinese Yam, eating it for its valuable nutrition contents, too (it’s good for the man.. chuckling)!

Taste of the soup cooked with dried anchovies was terrific! Soup was clear, and yet, thicker & richer flavour. I liked the natural sweetness in the soup yielded not just from the vegetables, but also the achovies. The overall taste of the soup was so attractive, and lovable by my family.

The vegetables were also cut into bite size. To have its cooking time shortened, and also appear in a ‘cuter’ way. It was indeed more appealing with the tiny cubes in the soup. Loved it!

Since this is cooked for the family, get better quality kind of dried anchovies. Best if those types with its internal organ cleaned, and huge ones.

2 large potatoes, cut into bite-sized cubes
2 carrots, cut into bite-sized cubes

1 fresh Chinese Yam (淮山), peeled and cut into bite size crosswise
1 ear of fresh corn, cob breaks into quarters crosswise
250 grams of pork ribs, blanched
Handful of premium dried anchovies (dried ikan bilis), about 80 grams.
Slab of salt to taste
1 pot of water, 50% filled (about 1500ml)

Heat pot of water with high fire. When boiled, add in blanched pork rib, dried anchovies, and all vegetables. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 min – 1 hour. Taste salt to taste, 5 minutes before heat off. Serve hot.

A bowl of assorted vegetables & Chinese yam soup with counts about 120kcal.

Simple method to cook healthy soup, so you can have it regularly!

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2 Responses

  1. Hi MH,

    Anchovy is the fish name, but it can be fresh or dried. Hence, it’s better to specify as some places cook the non dried or canned anchovies quite often.

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