Add fresh huai shan, also known as shao yao and wild Chinese yam, to your diet to tap into its nourishing and immune system-strengthening properties.

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HUAI SHAN WITH SUGARCANE JUICE

60g fresh huai shan (wild Chinese yam, also known as shao yao), peeled and shredded
3 pitted red dates, halved
600ml fresh sugarcane juice
30g rock sugar

Place huai shan, sugarcane juice and rock sugar in a medium saucepan or pot. Bring to a simmer over medium to low heat for 8-10 minutes. Do not allow to boil over. Remove and pour into individual serving bowls and enjoy it warm as a refreshing thirst quencher.

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NOURISHING SOUP

200g kampung chicken, cut into medium pieces

200g spare ribs, chopped
200g lotus root, sliced
150g fresh haui shan, cut into rounds
60g carrot, cut into small balls or as desired
3 pitted red dates, halved
8g yuk chuk, rinsed
800ml water
1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Scald the chicken and the spare ribs in boiling water for a few minutes. Remove, rinse and place the meat into a double boiler pot.

Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the water.

Double-boil for 1-2 hours, then adjust seasoning to taste. Serve hot or warm.

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STIR-FRIED HUAI SHAN WITH CHICKEN AND MIXED VEGETABLES

150g deboned chicken drumstick meat, cubed
150g fresh huai shan, peeled and cut into slices or desired shapes
1 tbsp oil
4-5 thin slices young ginger
1 stalk spring onion, cut into lengths
1 stalk celery, sliced at a slant
15g red capsicum, cut into triangles
15g green capsicum, cut into triangles
1 tbsp kei chi (goji berry)
150ml water

Marinade
1/4 tsp salt
sesame oil to taste
1 tsp tapioca flour

Seasoning
1 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp chicken stock powder

Season chicken with the marinade for 10 minutes.

Scald fresh huai shan slices in boiling water briefly for 2-3 minutes. Dish out and put aside.

Heat oil in a wok and stir-fry ginger and spring onion until fragrant. Add in marinated chicken, toss and fry briskly.

Add scalded huai shan slices and the rest of the ingredients, except water. Fry briefly and add seasoning. Pour in the water and simmer for 6-7 minutes or until gravy has thickened. Dish out.