Soup Name:  
Chinese Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup Dessert
Traditional Chinese Name: 蕃薯糖水 (gān shǔ táng shuǐ)

This sweet dessert is traditional to Hong Kong and the Chinese.  Literally, in Cantonese it means “Sweet Potatoe Sugar Water”. The simplest form of it is found here, although variations can have different herbs and ingredients that make it far more unique.  It is a warm and heaty dessert (especially if you use more ginger) and said to be extremely nourishing and helps removes toxins.  I enjoy this dessert all year round and my children especially love it.  Keep the sugar and ginger content low if intended for children. 

What Ingredients are required?

2-3 medium sized sweet potatoes (can use any variety of sweet potatoes)
3-4 thin slices of ginger
Chinese brown sugar (in bar shaped)
2 Litres of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Start boiling your water
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into edible cubes
  3. Slice ginger thinly (with or without skin)
  4. Add all ingredients to boiling water
  5. Boil until sweet potatoes are soft
  6. Serve!

 Any benefits?

  • This sweet soup is a great dessert and snack – especially for children.
  • Helps warm up the body in the cold winter days and is considered a thirst quencher.
  • High source of beta-carotene and natural sugars.

Any precautions?

  • Too much ginger makes the soup spicy, which children tend to not like.