Simple Tomato Fish Soup

by | Oct 22, 2011 | Confinement Soups, Soups for Children | 6 comments

Soup Name:

Simple Tomato Fish Soup

Traditional Chinese Name:

番茄魚湯 (fān qié yú tāng)

 

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Tomatoes are the ideal partner in fish soups. It helps alleviate some of the fishy scent as well as bring a sweet and slightly sour taste to the soup. This soup is ideal for confinements and children (at least one year in age as tomatoes are considered too acidic to young children) and is very neutral and healthy. There is virtually no fat in the soup and the broth is rich in flavor and nutrients. It is a great soup base for other ingredients such as other vegetables (celery, onions, carrots, corn, pumpkin) or additives (chestnuts, water chestnuts).

What’s involved?

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hours 30 min

Serves: 8 bowls

Ingredients
  • 4 medium-sized golden threadfin bream (or any other appropriate substitute)

  • 3 fresh tomatoes, quartered

  • 3 fresh potatoes, largely cubed

  • 2 L of water

  • 1 teaspoon of salt (to marinate the fish)

  • 1 teaspoon of oil (to fry the fish)

Cooking Instructions
  1. After the fish is cleaned, wipe the fish with paper towels or a cloth to remove excess water
  2. Cover the fish with a small amount of salt (inside and out)
  3. Let it sit for an hour and then drain any water
  4. Peel and cut the potatoes and tomatoes
  5. OPTIONAL: Some people will prefer to fry the potatoes until they are crispy on the outside to prevent disintegration in the soup
  6. Start boiling your soup water
  7. In a pan, add oil and fry the ginger with the fish on low-medium heat (until the fish is completely cooked and the skin is a slightly browned)
  8. Put the fish into a soup bag and add to water
  9. Add all the ingredients
  10. Boil for at least an hour
Any benefits?
  • This neutral soup is ideal for confinements
  • It is also ideal for children (who are able to eat tomatoes)
  • It is highly nutritious, contains no fats and can be used as a soup base for noodles, macaroni and other dishes

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