Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs

October 28, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs

Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs offers a delightful journey into Khmer cuisine, celebrating the uniqueness of yam, a staple in Cambodian households with versatile applications.

Yam, an ancient Khmer vegetable, distinguishes itself from the American sweet potato despite sharing the same name. Cambodian yam is much larger, with a rough brownish skin resembling tree bark. Internally, it presents a spectrum of colors, such as white, purple, yellow, and reddish. Beyond its culinary uses, yam holds medicinal significance, serving as a remedy for skin rashes and respiratory issues like asthma. The natural steroids in yam provide vital energy for those in need.

To embark on crafting Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs, begin by simmering pork riblets in water until they reach a tender state. The star ingredient, yellow yam, is then introduced, alongside finely chopped celery. This medley simmers until the yam achieves the desired tenderness. The soup’s flavors are heightened with the addition of fish sauce, sugar, salt, and black pepper, ensuring a harmonious blend of savory and subtle sweetness. The dish is garnished with chopped green onions, offering a fresh and vibrant touch to the final presentation.

Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs is best enjoyed steaming hot, served alongside rice. This recipe not only captures the essence of Khmer culinary traditions but also highlights the nutritional and medicinal benefits of the humble yam.


1 lb (450 gram) of pork riblets, cut chunks bite sizes
5 cups of water
2 lbs (900 gram) of yellow yam peeled and cut to small cubes
1 stalk celery, chopped finely
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
2 stalks green onion, chopped

Directions to make Yellow Yam Soup with Pork Ribs

  1. Put pork riblets and water in a soup pot and cook till meat tender.
  2. Add yellow yam, celery and cook till yam tender.
  3. Seasoning with fish sauce, sugar, salt and black pepper.
  4. Top with green onion.

Serve hot with rice

Enjoy it

Related: Daikon Soup with Pork Hock

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Calories Per Serving: 1025

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏168g 61%
Cholesterol ‏80mg 27%
Total Fat ‏27g 35%
Saturated Fat ‏9g 45%
Dietary Fiber ‏2g 7%
Protein ‏34g 68%
Sodium ‏3504mg 152%
Sugars ‏17g 34%


30 min


15 min




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