Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

by | Oct 16, 2022 | Fall Soups, NEW 6, Soups for Children | 0 comments

Soup Name:

Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

淮山羅漢果豬骨湯 (huái shān luó hàn guǒ zhū gǔ tāng)

This soup is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.

 

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The highlight of this soup is the dried monk fruit!  It’s a super common dried fruit that can be found in Hong Kong at wet marts and supermarkets and is primarily known to help coughs and nourish the lungs.  It comes as a dried brown (or dark green) round ball with a hard outer shell.  Combined with the Japanese Yam, this soup is amazing for the lungs and supports yin deficiency.

The soup is slightly sweet to taste (depending on how much monk fruit you add).  I tend to only put half of the green (less strong) type and a quarter of the dark brown monk fruit. 

What’s involved?
Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Total time: 2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients

 

Cooking Instructions
  1. The first thing I’ll do is soak the pork in cold water for about 10 minutes.  This is a great way to first clear some of the bone bits and fat from it.  Rinse it in cold water a few times and you’ll see it run murky!  Truly amazing.
  2. Boil your blanching water and your soup water at the same time
  3. As that boils, prepare your corn by cutting into 3 or 4 pieces, peel the yam (with gloves if you’d like as it’s pretty slimy) and cut into 1-inch pieces
  4. Break open the monk fruit.  I’ll only use half and put the other half for another soup or tea.  They can be stored for years in dry conditions.
  5. When your blanching water boils, add in the pork and boil on high for 5 minutes
  6. When your soup water boils, transfer the pork and add in all the ingredients together
  7. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  8. And reduce boil to low-medium for another 2 hours (or use a thermal pot)
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Any benefits?
  • This soup is perfect for nourishing and tonifying the lungs
  • It helps with cough, especially a dry cough where there is Yin deficiency (or appears as heaty)
  • It’s a sweet soup that is perfect for the whole family
  • It’s a cool soup and helps cool and lubricate the lungs
  • The pork is amazing to eat as part of the meal (especially if you boil for much longer as it falls off the bone), serve with soy sauce!
  • Gentle enough for the whole family
  • The longer you boil it, the more milky it becomes because of the Yam and is a combination of savory and slightly sweet at the same time
  • Perfect for both soups and teas

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The monk fruit!  This is the slightly less dry version.  You’ll notice it’s more green and less brown.  This one is a little more expensive, coming in at $2 CAD per monk fruit.  You’ll also notice a thin layer of sugared coating, so it is a bit sticky to touch, but that’s just the sugars of the fruit on the skin.  The great thing about the greener version is that it isn’t as pungent or sweet, so you can use half in a soup to give is just enough of that flavour.  If it’s the heavily dried version, I will only use a quarter in 3L of soup water.  This is also great in teas!!  

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