I mistakenly said I used the parsnip or cabbage. I did not use either one but thought a chinese cabbage would be good, I have used them with Korean recipes and they are tastey and would be good with this recipe too. When I pan fried the chicken I put onions and garlic with it. Don't put those onions or garlic into the soup as they may have been cooked a bit long. If you put lots of onion in when you start you should have lots. It is a great soup.