Warm up with these delicious Chinese Yam Recipes! You've come to the right place if you're interested in cooking with Chinese yams (Nagaimo).
In this collection, we'll share ten of our favorite recipes, from savory soups, refreshing salads, and flavorful stir-fries to Okonomiyaki, one of Japan's most famous dishes.
What is Chinese Yam?
Chinese Yam, also known as Nagaimo, Korean yam, or Japanese mountain yam, is a yam species from East Asia. They're long and slender with yellow, pale skin and fine white hairs.
What does it taste like?
They have a slimy texture, similar to okra, and have a mild, sweet flavor when raw. When cooked, they become sweeter and creamier.
How is it used?
Nagaimo is commonly used in soups, stir-fries, and as a thickener or topping in various Chinese and Japanese dishes.
1. Sauteed Yam
There are only four ingredients in this Chinese yam recipe. However, don't let that fool you into thinking it's not delicious!
The yam is pan-fried until super crispy, and it absorbs the flavors from the charred soy sauce, creating a deeply aromatic dish.
It's super quick and straightforward to prepare. Simply peel the Chinese yams, slice them into ½-inch pieces, and pan-fry until golden brown on both sides. Add the soy sauce, and enjoy!
Serve with your favorite main dishes for a delicious and nutritious meal!
This Chinese yam soup with chicken, dried scallops, and goji berries is clear, flavorful, and aromatic!
The dried scallops add a savory depth that perfectly complements the other ingredients! This soup is warm and inviting, and all the flavors marry so well.
Serve this meal to your loved ones when they feel under the weather; they'll be up and about soon!
Get a taste of this savory stir-fry that combines the tenderness of pork tenderloin with the subtle flavors of Chinese yam!
You'll need crunchy vegetables like broccoli and carrots for this recipe. The pork is marinated in a sweet and savory sauce from soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, and garlic.
The rich and savory sauce compliments the Nagaimo's mild sweetness to form a mouthwatering stir-fry dish!
Okonomiyaki, one of Japan's most famous street foods, is a delicious Japanese savory pancake! It's made with a base of Chinese yam and your choice of protein, condiments, and toppings.
The most important ingredient is Nagaimo, which serves as the foundation and gives the pancake its fluffy texture! Don't use potatoes as a substitute because the flavor will be off.
It's no surprise that this made our list of the best Chinese Yam Recipes, given how delicious it is!
Four Herbs Soup is one of the famous Chinese medicinal soups. It gets its name from the use of dried fox nut barley, lotus seeds, Chinese yam, and poria cocos mushrooms.
This soup takes about 4 ½ hours to make, but don't let that deter you!
The recipe is straightforward, and most of the time is spent simply waiting for the soup to simmer. You can start the soup and do something else while it cooks.
Serve this as a hearty lunch or as a starter for a large Chinese dinner. Your guests will be impressed with how delicious it tastes!
This stir-fried beef dish is a classic that many Hong Kong citizens adore! Chinese yam is the star ingredient in this dish. Its crispy and creamy texture pairs incredibly well with beef.
The recipe is so quick and simple to make! You can prepare it in under 20 minutes, so it's perfect for a busy weeknight.
To begin, you'll need to marinate the beef to infuse it with the rich flavors of soy sauce and sesame oil. Then, stir-fry the marinated beef, add the aromatics and sliced yam, then add the sauce and simmer. How easy is that?
Chinese yam, which is cut into small bite-sized pieces, is served with a spicy wasabi soy sauce in this unusual vegan appetizer! The dish is garnished with parsley and red onions to give it a herbaceous and oniony depth.
It's amazing how something so simple can taste so delicious! We have no doubt that this will quickly become one of your favorite Chinese Yam recipes!
This Chinese yam pumpkin soup is the perfect autumn soup, and the best part is it's quick and easy. You can cook it on the stovetop or just put everything in the rice cooker and press the cook button.
It's made with only three ingredients: yam, pumpkin, and water. Feel free to add some salt and pepper to give it more flavor.
The soup is super nutritious! Chinese yam and pumpkin are known to aid in digestion, and both are high in fiber. The soup has a subtle sweetness from the yam, which makes it super addictive, and it's also kid-friendly!
This soup recipe is a classic Cantonese soup with a clear broth and rich flavor!
You'll need lean pork (preferably a cut of pork shoulder with the fat trimmed off), dried dates, dried goji berries, carrots, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, and Chinese yam for this recipe. A small amount of salt and water is also required.
It's nutritious, hearty, and comforting. Make this a regular in your soup rotation because it's that good!
This recipe features pork ribs, Chinese yams, and goji berries. I love the richness and flavor of the bones, which pair wonderfully with the sweetness of the yams and goji berries.
The secret to success in this recipe is to rinse and blanch the pork bones in boiling water. This removes impurities and results in a clearer-tasting broth.
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