How to meal prep Chinese soups in batch (for rice cooker or stove top)

I have no time!

I still want delicious Chinese soup!

I want something easy!

You got it!  When I did my initial “experiment” on testing the rice cooker to make Chinese soup, I honestly didn’t know what to expect – BUT… it turned out amazing!  

And then, it got me thinking, let’s do this in batch and frozen.  Would it still work?  And the answer – YES!  Equally as amazing!

For this round of experimentation, I went with 4 servings of soup ingredients.  This was as much as I could fit into my freezer!

 The Test Case

4:30 pm:  1 hour gap between meetings

4:35 pm:  Took out rice cooker (and air fryer for trout)

4:37 pm:  Dropped in frozen soup into rice cooker + added fresh cut tomatoes, dried red dates, dried wolfberries, salt

4:40 pm:  Add in maximum water to the water line

4:41 pm:  Hit start button on my soup with 1:06 hour on the timer!  Can’t wait, can’t wait!

5:30 pm:  I can smell the fragrant soup from the kitchen!

6:00 pm:  Dinner time with white rice! YUM!

What’s involved?

Prep time: 60 mins to prep 4 portions of soups (for 1 rice cooker setting)

Serves: 2-3 bowls each portion

Ingredients

For the frozen soup packs:

  • 4 fresh potatoes
  • 1 large fresh white onion
  • 2 fresh corn
  • 40 small pieces of pork ribs (cut individually)
  • 4 small fresh carrots 

Dried Chinese Herbal Ingredients to add:

    • Dried red dates are perfect for this soup!  They add a slight sweetness and warmth.
    • Or dried longans.  You can add this on top with the red dates or by itself.  It also adds sweetness and warmth to the soup.
    • Dried wolfberries are great additions to this soup!  They are neutral and also add a beautiful sweetness to the soup.
    • Dried Chinese Yam is a definite great addition to any ABC soup base.  They are also an edible root, soft and starchy as part of the meal.

Add 1 fresh ingredient!  Take your pick!

    • Fresh tomatoes are amazing!  This is another addition to the ABC soup and gives the soup a sweet and tart taste which is appetizing!
    • Fresh straw mushrooms – so yummy!  One of my favourites in soup and they taste so amazing soft!
    • Fresh chayotes are also a great addition to this type of soup base!  They also make part of the meal.
    • Any roots such as arrowroots or lotus roots are also amazing adds!  They will soften and create a more earthy flavour to the soup. 

Tips for meal prepping Chinese soup:

  • Use small cuts of meat or vegetables because they store easier and cook faster
  • Stack your packs flat so that they store easier
  • Chinese herbs don’t need to be packed and can be dropped in dry into your soup
  • Salt and seasoning can also be added afterwards as well
  • I like cooking with meats on the bottom and vegetables on top, so I will pack my soup packs upside down so that I just drop it in upside down

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