ABC soup- How to make the ultimate Chinese comfort soup


ABC soup is a popular Chinese soup prepared with tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. I am not definitely sure why it is called ABC, but it is likely because the preparation is as simple as ABC. Another reason is it is rich in vitamin A (carrots), vitamin B (potatoes), and vitamin C (tomatoes). ABC soup is prepared with either chicken or pork, so it is not a pure vegetable soup. Besides, it also has a universal taste that is not spicy, making it a favorite among the kids. It is ubiquitous in Cantonese households with kids as it is comfort food that is nutritious and suitable for children. The soup is simmered over low heat, which lets the flavor from each ingredient release slowly. You don’t need many ingredients as the trio of tomato, carrot, and potato yield a perfect heartwarming and profoundly satisfying soup. Onion and sweetcorn are some ingredients you can add, but I will keep it simple in this recipe. The origin of ABC soup: Most people agree that it originated from Malaysia. I am not certain about it because my mom is from Hong Kong and has been preparing this soup since I was a kid. I think it most likely was created by the Malaysian Chinese. #ABCsoup ======================================= Recipe: (Please download the recipe and read the full details at ) Ingredients 1 pound chicken drumsticks 4 cups water, more as needed 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into wedges 1 medium tomato, cut into wedges 1 medium onion, thickly sliced ​​1/4 tsp black peppercorns 3 medium potatoes, cut into one-inch cubes 3/4 tsp salt Method: – Put the bone-in chicken pieces into a large pot of boiling water. Blanch the chicken for a minute. – Remove any scum floating on the surface. – Wash the chicken under running water. – Place the blanched chicken in a slow cooker. Add cold water or just enough to cover the chicken. – Slow cook for half an hour. – Next, add the onions, carrots, tomatoes, and potatoes. – Cover and let it slow cook for one hour or until the vegetables are soft. – Add some black peppercorns and season the soup with salt. – Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve. ===================================== Website: .





  1. Yep, that's what my mom used to make me when I was growing up in Malaysia. She's from Ipoh. The steps seem a little different but the ingredients are all the same. It's the very first soup I learnt to make while living in college. Thanks for sharing this, Taste Of Asian Food!