SOUPS FOR CHILDREN

This unique category of soups is designed and made for babies and children.  Some Chinese soups contain herbal ingredients that aren’t appropriate for children due to its intense health benefits and potency and is not recommended for children.

The best approach to Chinese soups for children is to use high quality ingredients and limited herbs and additives. While there is historic and traditional benefits to using herbs, there is limited scientific and proven information on Chinese herbs and its effects on people (especially children).  Be sure to use herbs in limited amounts and ingredients that you can trust and are 100% sure won’t harm your children

As western thinking Chinese, we have given this to our children as young as 8 months.  I know some sites recommend giving soups to your children as young as 4 months, but we still follow the recommended 6 months (to start solids) according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many other health organizations. Always check with your child’s doctor before giving anything new to your child.  

Easy One Pot Cabbage and Sukiyaki Pork in Soup for Dinner

Easy One Pot Cabbage and Sukiyaki Pork in Soup for Dinner

Soup Name: Easy one pot cabbage and sukiyaki pork in soup for dinner This soup is slightly cooling because of the cabbage.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Looking for a simple, healthy, easy-to-make Chinese soupy dinner?  I've found one! If you love napa...

Winter Melon with Chicken and Mushrooms Rice Soup

Winter Melon with Chicken and Mushrooms Rice Soup

Soup Name: Winter Melon with Chicken and Mushrooms Rice Soup Chinese Name: 冬瓜雞湯飯 (dōng guā jī tāng fàn)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Sometimes, you just want something simple, something warm, something soupy, but all-in-one.   There's a concept called...

Cute Fish Cakes in Udon Noodle Soup

Cute Fish Cakes in Udon Noodle Soup

Soup Name: Cute Fish Cakes in Udon Noodle Soup Chinese Name: 魚蛋湯烏冬(yú dàn tāng wū dōng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.I couldn't contain myself when I saw these amazingly cute fish cakes in Jusco Supermarket during our visit back to Hong Kong!  These...

White Radish with Mushrooms and Vermicelli in Chicken Soup

White Radish with Mushrooms and Vermicelli in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: White radish with mushrooms and vermicelli in Chicken Soup Chinese Name: 白蘿蔔冬菇粉絲雞湯 (bái luóbo dōng gū fěn sī jī tāng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Sometimes, I want something relatively easy and quick to whip up all in one-pot!  Make a bit of...

Fragrant Potatoes and Tomatoes in a Milky Fish Broth

Fragrant Potatoes and Tomatoes in a Milky Fish Broth

Soup Name: Fragrant potatoes and tomatoes in a milky fish broth (yup, fancy name!) Traditional Chinese Name: 番茄魚湯 (fānqié yú tāng) This name of 番茄魚湯 is literally the most staple name for any soup with fish and tomatoes in it.  Of course, get creative! This soup is...

Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)

Soup Name: Recovery Healing Soup (for Coughs and Nourishing Lungs)   This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Wow, there's definitely something going around lately!  As the seasons change from fall to...

Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup

Soup Name: Japanese Yam and Monk Fruit in Pork Broth Chinese Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 淮山羅漢果豬骨湯 (huái shān luó hàn guǒ zhū gǔ tāng) This soup is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.   For videos, visit us on YouTube.The highlight of this soup is...

Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

Heat Clearing Sugarcane and Water Chestnuts and Imperatae Root Herbal Tea

Soup Name: Heat clearing sugarcane and water chestnuts and imperatae root herbal tea Traditional Chinese Name: 竹蔗茅根馬蹄湯 (zhú zhè máogēn mǎtí tāng)   For videos, visit us on YouTube. A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body, reduce heatiness, and clear...

Basic Chicken Soup (Base)

Basic Chicken Soup (Base)

Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base) Traditional Chinese Name:   清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)  Here is another version of the basic chicken soup.  I'll make this so that it can serve as a base for noodles, macaroni, with rice, or for double-boiling...

Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink

Soup Name: Sugar Cane and Imperatae Drink Traditional Chinese Name: 竹蔗茅根 (zhú zhè máogēn)   For videos, visit us on YouTube. A traditional Chinese drink which helps cool the body and reduce heatiness. It’s natural sweetness is perfect for hot summer days and this...

Double-boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup

Double-boiled Whole Winter Melon Soup

I’ve always been in awe with the restaurant-styled whole winter melon soups – I mean, how on earth did they do that? They must have some giant double-boiler inside and it always taste so yummy! It’s a true favourite of mine when I go to Chinese restaurants to be able...

Vegetarian Lotus Root with Chestnuts and Carrots Chinese Soup

Vegetarian Lotus Root with Chestnuts and Carrots Chinese Soup

Soup Name: Vegetarian Lotus Root with Chestnuts and Carrots Chinese Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 蓮藕栗子素湯 (Lián'ǒu lìzǐ sù tāng)  This is a great, earthy, slightly nutty light soup great for the whole family and vegetarian friendly! I'm using dried mushrooms to...

Fragrant Pork and Cabbage Quick Boil Chinese Soup

Fragrant Pork and Cabbage Quick Boil Chinese Soup

Soup Name: Fragrant Pork and Cabbage Quick Boil Chinese SoupFor more videos, visit us on YouTube.No time?  Cost saving?  Want something quick?  I've been making these quick boil Chinese soups for awhile now!  You can still make healthy and delicious soups without that...

A Do-It-Yourself Japanese Shabu Shabu Experience

A Do-It-Yourself Japanese Shabu Shabu Experience

Check out this 2 part homemade broth and Japanese-styled shabu shabu experience!Serves: Party of 4-6 Prep Time:  30 mins Cook Time:  3 hours and 15 mins Eat Time:  Endless For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Check out the video on how to create an awesome and...

Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base) Traditional Chinese Name:   清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)  This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that I make for any of my Chinese soups. It's simple, straight-forward, and delicious on its own. It does take...

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup

Soup Name:  Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name:   清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)  The Chinese have a whole repertoire of herbs which can be added to Chinese soups and is no exception.  Among these herbs, there are a variety of traditional herbs that go well...

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs)

Soup Name:  Apple Chinese Herbal Tea (For Coughs) Traditional Chinese Name:   蘋果止咳茶 (píng guǒ zhǐ ké chá)  For more videos, visit us on YouTube.When a virus, cold, or flu has you down, my go to hot drink is usually a Chinese Herbal tea that addresses my illness. ...

Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork Broth

Soup Name: Japanese Pumpkin with Corn and Carrots in a Milky Pork BrothFor more videos, visit us on YouTube.This delicious, milky broth Chinese Soup is ideal for the whole family!  Made with a handful of Chinese herbs (dried dates, dried longans, and dried...

Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup

Soup Name:  Fish Maw Chicken Egg Drop Soup Traditional Chinese Name:      For more videos, visit us on YouTube.In the Chinese repertoire of soups, there's a type of soup called a "gung" (羹) in Cantonese.   These soups are traditionally thickened with corn...

Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup

Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup

I love soups. I particularly do love sour soups as an appetizer because they really bring out my appetite! I know sour soups aren’t for all taste buds, but here’s a simple one you can make at home with fresh ingredients. You can always adjust the sourness (and even...

Quick Boil Pumpkin and Corn Vegetarian Soup

Quick Boil Pumpkin and Corn Vegetarian Soup

Soup Name: Quick Boil Pumpkin and Corn Vegetarian Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 簡單菜湯 (Jiǎn dān cài tāng)What started as a simple vegetable soup, turned into an interesting mix of hot and cold vegetables because I could! The children had the soup warm, served with...

Sweet Chinese Almond Dessert Soup

Sweet Chinese Almond Dessert Soup

This classic traditional Chinese dessert has been enjoyed throughout generations (even when I was little and when my parents were little). Common in most dessert houses and even served as dessert at the end of Cantonese meals, this almond packed dessert is smooth,...

Double-boiled Apple and Pear Chinese Herbal Soup

Double-boiled Apple and Pear Chinese Herbal Soup

Soup Name:  Double-boiled Apple and Pear Chinese Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name:   蘋果雪梨燉雞湯 (píng guǒ xuě lí dùn jī tāng)  For more videos, visit us on YouTube.My second project using the new double-boiler! I found a very simple, but delicious apple and pear...

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Soup Name: Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo For more videos, visit us on YouTube.     I know, the orzo doesn’t make it very Chinese, but my family loves small-sized pasta that I decided to turn this soup into a solid meal for the...

Snow Pear and Dragon’s Eye Sweet Dessert Soup

Snow Pear and Dragon’s Eye Sweet Dessert Soup

Soup Name: Snow Pear and Dragon's Eye Sweet Dessert SoupOne day, in the thick of a winter evening, when all the children lay sleeping, I suddenly had this urge for something sweet, crunchy and hot.  No panic.  Taking a peek in the fridge, I found one giant snow pear...

Starfish, Corn with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

Starfish, Corn with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Starfish, Corn with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth Chinese Name: 海星玉米淮山湯 (hǎi xīng yù mǐ huái shān tāng) This soup is slightly cooling, designed to remove internal heat.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Starfish? WHAT? Yah… starfish. I knew that the...

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

Soup Name:  Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth Traditional Chinese Name:   冬瓜冬菇 玉米 雞熬湯(dōng guā dōng gū yù mǐ jī ao tāng) Nature of soup:  Slightly cooling (primarily from the winter melon)This is the start of the “Quick Boil Series” of...

Chilled Coconut Milk with Tapioca Pearls and Fresh Fruit

Chilled Coconut Milk with Tapioca Pearls and Fresh Fruit

Soup Name: Chilled Coconut Milk with Tapioca Pearls and Fresh Fruit Traditional Chinese Name: 椰汁西米露 (Yē zhī xī mǐ lù)  I had a craving for a cold, sweet, coconut milk flavoured dessert and the only thing that came to mind was this commonly available dessert in...

Winter Moisturizing Tea

Winter Moisturizing Tea

Soup Name:  Winter Moisturizing TeaThis soup or tea is completely designed for the dry, cold, dry, cold, super dry, or super cold winter conditions. It's a vegetarian (meatless) moisturizing tea suitable for the whole family and tastes super yummy. You can consider...

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Pork and Conch Herbal Soup

Soup Name: Pork and Conch Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 清豬骨海螺湯 (Qīng zhū gǔ hǎiluó tāng) This soup is neutral and sweet to taste.     For more videos, visit us on YouTube.   This soup is ideal for colds, flus and cough. If you’ve got a sore or...

Vietnamese Pho – Beef Noodle Soup

  One of my favourite soups of all time is the Vietnamese beef broth that is made for pho noodles, or specifically, Vietnamese Pho Beef Noodle Soup.  I first truly learned it while travelling to Vietnam and took a cooking course given by locals, and my life has never...

Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

Fresh Seabed Coconut and Lily Bulbs with Chayotes in Pork Broth

A super duper neutral soup that is ideal for all weather, although chayotes are more appropriate for Spring. I still use chayotes in the winter – especially combined with corn and carrots, provides a hearty meal along with the soup.  Fresh seabed coconut is not easy...

Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Papaya and Peanuts in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 木瓜花生豬骨湯 (mù gua huā shēng zhū gǔ tāng) This soup is slightly warming in nature and sweet to taste.   For videos, visit us on YouTube.My mother-in-law made this soup one day and it was so simply...

Chinese Radish, Carrots and Corn in Ham Bone Soup

Chinese Radish, Carrots and Corn in Ham Bone Soup

Soup Name: Chinese Radish, Carrots and Corn in Ham Bone Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 青紅蘿蔔玉米湯 (qing hóng luóbo yù mǐ tāng)   Waste not, want not! Another satisfyingly delicious soup made with a left over ham bone (German-style from Berliner). All it takes is ONE...

Old Cucumber and Carrots in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Old Cucumber and Carrots in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 老黃瓜胡蘿蔔湯 (lǎo huáng guā hú luóbo tāng) This soup is slightly cooling in nature, sweet to taste, and helps clear excess water from the body.   For videos, visit us on YouTube.Another soup...

Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth

Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 菠菜馬蹄雞湯 (bō cài tāng mǎ tí jī tāng) This soup is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.   For videos, visit us on YouTube.This is a variation on a restaurant-styled spinach...

Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup

Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup

Soup Name: Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup Chinese Name: 冬瓜湯 (dōng guā tāng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Another simple soup with a few ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery or wet mart. The winter melon is usually more readily...

Beetroot Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup

Beetroot Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup

Soup Name:  Beetroot Vegetables with Pork Ribs Soup Traditional Chinese Name:   紅菜頭集菜湯 (hóng cài tóu jí cài tāng)  For more videos, visit us on YouTube.It’s Chinese New Year’s and what better time to make a blood red soup than this special holiday? The red beet...

Simple Vegetable Soup for Children

Simple Vegetable Soup for Children

Soup Name: Simple Vegetable Soup for Children Traditional Chinese Name: 簡單菜湯 (Jiǎn dān cài tāng)  At the last minute, I needed to stay home and make dinner - so while scrounging through my staple supplies of groceries, I found 3 simple ingredients to whip up a...

Vegetables and Dried Octopus with Mung Beans Soup

Soup Name: Vegetables and Dried Octopus with Mung Beans Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 雜菜綠豆章魚湯 (Zá cài lǜ dòu zhāng yú tāng) Introduction: When it rains, the Chinese like using beans to absorb moisture from the body. Mung beans, dried beans, red beans, green beans,...

Tofu and Mushrooms Miso Soup

Tofu and Mushrooms Miso Soup

Soup Name: Tofu and Mushrooms Miso Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 豆腐蘑菇味噌湯 (dòu fu mó gu wèi zēng tāng) This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.  The tofu and kale are both cooling ingredients.   For videos, visit us on YouTube. A variation on...

Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup

Soup Name: Chicken Feet and Wintermelon Soup Traditional Chinese Name:  冬瓜雞腳湯 (dōng guā jī jiǎo tāng) Introduction: The feet of the chicken are one of the Chinese's most interesting "unwanted" parts of the chicken (after the bottom parts). It's so versatile that the...

Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth

Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth

Tea Name: Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾白菜湯 (cài gān bái cài tāng) This soup is cooling in nature and sweet to taste.Visit us on YouTube for more tea and soup videos.This cooling soup is really sweet and delicious! With a...

Macaroni with Fish and Lobster Balls in Fish Broth

Dish Name: Macaroni with Fish and Lobster Balls in Fish Broth Introduction: Using the broth and ingredients of my "Pumpkin, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup", we boiled macaroni and various "balls" (regular fish balls, deep fried fish balls, star fish balls, lobster...

Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup

Soup Name: Sweet Potato, Corn and Chinese Yam in Fish Soup Traditional Chinese Name:  蕃薯玉米魚湯 (gān shǔ yù mǐ yú tāng) Introduction: This simple and slightly sweet soup is really ideal for kids and children. I originally made this as a base for a lunch (consisting of...

Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Chinese Yam with Apples and Corn in Chicken Broth (with Ginger) Traditional Chinese Name:  蘋果玉米淮山雞湯 (píng guǒ yù mǐ huái shān jī tāng) Introduction: A simple, clean chicken broth with just a hint of sweetness and a tang of spice (from the ginger). Depending...

Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup

Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup

Soup Name: Green Papaya, Fish & Dried Octopus Soup Traditional Chinese Name:  木瓜魚湯 (mù gua yú tāng) Introduction: A popular and very common soup for confinement, but not limited to this special group of ladies. For confinement, you must use GREEN papaya (ie: raw,...

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