About Us


Being 湯 (tong; aka soup) is a family project between sisters surnamed “Tong” (Lisa & Tracy [special shout out to our baby sister, Carol, who is our test subject).  The word Tong (湯) literally translates to the word “soup” in Cantonese.   In Hong Kong, people call us  湯 小 妹 which literally translates to “Soup Lady”.

When we were younger and trying to determine which utensils to lay out on the dinner table, we would ask our parents “Is there a soup for tonight?” and our  parents would always say, “We are all soups!”

And more often than not, dinner did include a brothy, rich, nutritious and delicious Chinese-style soup along with our dinner every night.   Our parents would make sure that the soup they created suited our current needs based on the weather (winter / summer), our state of health, and also to balance the meal in terms of flavour and heatiness.

So it’s not surprising that as we grew up, moved out of our home, and were left to fend and cook for ourselves that we became interested in learning more about Chinese soups, what they were good for, and how to make them ourselves.

Our soups are all natural and healthy.  We strive for ingredients from its purest form and with some time and patience, you’ve got yourselves a homemade, ready-to-serve soup.

This blog is to share our learning journey with you.


Please note that all ingredients and soups are photographed by yours truly.  We also make all the soups ourselves and prep all the ingredients needed for the soups.  While we do use various references for the recipes, everything shown and explained here is done with our genuine tender loving care!

Kindly refer to our full list of disclaimers here.


Is there soup for dinner tonight?


We are all soups!


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Cooking Chinese Soups With a Thermal Induction Pot

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