Recipe: Kiam Chye Ark – Duck Soup with Salted Mustard Greens (咸菜鸭)

When I was growing up, being Teochew, soup is not really a thing in my family. But I remembered, one of the soup which Mum usually cooked was this simple Kiam Chye Ark soup. I still love this soup till this day. It is appetizing and extremely good to have especially when it is piping hot and you pour the soup, together with a portion of the duck and vegetables, over some steamed rice. Yum, yum… It is just amazing!! 🙂

In Teochew, Salted Mustard Greens/Salted Vegetables is Kiam Chye and Duck is Ark. This is how the name of soup, “Kiam Chye Ark”, is derived. Based on my memory of how my Mum will cook it, she used only 4 main ingredients; duck, salted mustard greens, pickled plums and tomatoes. This soup is simple and easy to make and I am sure you will love it too!

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Serves 4 to 5 persons



½ duck (weighing about 1.2kg)

300g salted mustard green (kiam chye)

4 to 5 pieces pickled plums

2 medium-sized tomatoes

Some chopped coriander leaves & spring onions for garnishing (optional)

Some ground white pepper (optional)

2.2 litre water


  1. Cut the duck into ½.
  2. Rinse and clean duck thoroughly.
  3. Transfer into a stock pot.
  4. Wash mustard greens and soak for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain and cut them into pieces and add them into the pot.
  6. Lightly crush the pickled plums and add them into the pot.
  7. Wash and cut each tomato into 4 wedges and add them into the pot.
  8. Add water into the pot and bring it to a boil.
  9. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until the duck is tender.
  10. Remove any excess fat by skimming the surface of the soup with a spoon.
  11. Before serving taste and add salt if necessary.
  12. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and spring onions.
  13. Sprinkle some white pepper if you are adding.
  14. Serve with steamed white rice.

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

4 thoughts on “Recipe: Kiam Chye Ark – Duck Soup with Salted Mustard Greens (咸菜鸭)

  1. what is salted mustard greens? Do you just salt them to remove bitterness or is it a prepared ingredient I have to purchase?

    1. Hi Alan, salted mustard greens is a purchased pre-prepared ingredient. Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Celine Phang says:

    Hi Josephine! My first time making this soup and it was a resounding SUCCESS! I love the short list of ingredients and how easy it was to prepare.

    My youngest sis loves this soup but is too busy to cook it so I decided to make it for her. Not for my Teochew hubby but for her LOL although he got to QC it 🙂 Both gave thumbs up so I will be cooking this again. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Celine, I’m glad to hear that your youngest sis and husband loved the dish! 😀 Thank you for such positive feedback, and we look forward to your continuous support. 🙂 Happy Cooking!

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