Chinese Cooking: ABC Soup

I don’t know why they call this ABC Soup, but it’s been one of my favourites since I was a kid.  I suspect nearly every Chinese family must make this soup.  I reckon it’s also probably of the easiest soups to make.  Ordinarily made with pork, I used a chicken carcass for the stock base.  I still think it tastes just as good.


  • 1 chicken carcass
  • 2 Potatoes, chopped
  • 1 Carrot, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp concentrated chicken stock


  1. Fill a pot with water up to the half-way mark and bring to the boil.
  2. Add chicken stock.
  3. Add chicken carcass and bring to the boil.  Scoop away the frothy bits to make a clear soup.
  4. Add carrots, potatoes and onion.
  5. Boil until carrots and potatoes are soft, and onion has disintegrated.
  6. Serve.

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