Monday, October 24, 2011

Chinese Amaranth In Chicken Soup(Daun Bayam Ayam Sop) Yin Choi (苋菜)

Chinese Amaranth or called as Chinese Spinach or Bayam(Malay) or yin choi(苋菜)(Chinese) is a common cooking vegetable in any Asian household .This type of vegetable is available all year round in tropical country and also available in any Asia market throughout US and A.Quite a number of people mistake Chinese spinach for water spinach. This veg's has long slender stems with oval-shaped leaves, while water spinach has hollow stems.The leaves may be light green with a roundish shape or dark green with deep red veins in the center. There is a variety with dark green leaves, narrow with pointed tips. The root of mature amaranth is an excellent vegetable. It is white and cooked with tomatoes or tamarind gravy. It has a milky taste and is alkaline.Amaranth greens are believed to help enhance eyesight.It works best in quick soups as it cooks quickly. The cooked stems are crunchy and the leaves tender and sweet.


1 bunch Chinese Amaranth about 1 lb (snap about 2 inch each,discard the end stem)washed
1/2 box soft tofu,cut 1/2x1/2
50 gm fresh anchovies for broth,washed
2 boneless chicken thigh,cut cubes
100 gm fried anchovies
5 shallot,peeled and fried
4 liter water
salt to taste


1:Prepare medium stock pot with water at high heat.When water rolling boil,place in anchovies and boneless chicken ,reduce heat to medium.Simmer anchovies for 30-40 minutes,then discard anchovies.

2:Place in amaranth(bayam) in the pot,increase heat to high.When broth rolling boil,add in cut tofu and salt.Remove soup from heat immediately.

3:Dish soup into bowl,sprinkle with some fried anchovies and fried shallot.Serve warm.


Little Corner of Mine said...

What a flavorful soup! I bought a bunch of Chinese spinach over the weekend for this week menu.

ICook4Fun said...

My mom used to make this same soup for us when we were young. She said the bayam and ikan bilis is good for our teeth. I don;t mind the green bayam but not the red one :)

WendyinKK said...

I was so happy when I saw you used the word "amaranth".
Not many know the real name of this vegetable.
My horticulture lecturer used to jump when she hears people call this spinach.

My Asian Kitchen said...

wow!! didn't know your place also have bayam..yes it's a very healthy type of vegetable,not to said it's delicious too!!

yes the red bayam color look frightening after boiled as soup, right?

I know what you mean,,actually I only know the malay name as bayam and have no idea what is the actual English name,so I find Mr Google..I think we called every Chinese vege as Chinese spinach ,right?

mycookinghut said...

Love this kind of soup!!

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