Southern China: Soft Shelled Turtle & Ginseng

This dish is good for cooling you down in summer – turtle clears and stimulates the brain, lungs and kidney and ginseng are good for the heart.


  • 1 fresh soft shelled turtle (chopped)
  • 10 shallots (roughly chopped)
  • 100g ginseng (finely sliced)
  • 50g ginger (finely sliced)
  • 200g spring onions (chopped)
  • 100g rice wine
  • 2 tbsps of soy sauce
  • salt and sugar to taste


1. Fry all the dry ingredients in hot peanut oil for 3 or 4 minutes in a casserole to seal in the flavour.

2. Add the sugar, salt, soy sauce and rice wine, stir and cover to steam for about 3 or 4 minutes until the turtle meat is tender.

Serve immediately.