SUMMER CHINESE SOUPS

Soups that help remove excess heat (too much yang), cool the body, and provide additional internal moisture for those extra hot days.  During this season, melons, fruits, and dried flowers are your best partners!

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...

Chicken Wintermelon Soup for Summer!

Chicken Wintermelon Soup for Summer!

Soup Name:  Chicken Wintermelon Soup for Summer! Traditional Chinese Name:   冬瓜雞湯 (dōng guā jī tāng)  For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Here is a variation on the wintermelon soup using chicken as the protein instead of pork.  It's slightly cooling, helping to...

Homemade Do-it-yourself Wontons in a “Cheat” Chicken Broth

Homemade Do-it-yourself Wontons in a “Cheat” Chicken Broth

Did you know that wontons literally means "cloud swallow" in Cantonese?  These little delights are like clouds and bite-sized enough to be swallowed in one gulp! For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Check out the video on how to create awesome wontons at home!   What...

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Soup Name:  Chinese Winter melon and Ham Stew Traditional Chinese Name:    For more videos, visit us on YouTube.I was inspired to make this soup one day when I walked by the wet mart and saw the vendor carving up this giant fresh winter melon and I thought,...

Fresh Crab Congee

Fresh Crab Congee

Soup Name:  Fresh Crab Congee Traditional Chinese Name:   蟹粥 (xiè zhōu)  This crab congee is super easy to make! The key ingredient really is just the crab.  It's a warming, traditional comfort food that can also be luxurious and delicious. If you get nice female...

Bitter Melon Soup with Corn and Pork Meatballs

Bitter Melon Soup with Corn and Pork Meatballs

Soup Name: Bitter Melon with Corn and Pork Meatballs Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 簡單菜湯 (Jiǎn dān cài tāng)  For videos, visit us on YouTube.I made this after work one day and managed to pick up fresh veggies and meat from the wet mart on the way home. Sometimes...

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

  This is the start of the "Quick Boil Series" of soups.  It was requested by a friend who wanted to know how to make healthy, but quick soups for those busy-body people.  In general, quick boil soups take around 10 minutes to prepare and about 25-30 minutes to...

Chinese Radish, Carrots and Corn in Ham Bone Soup

Waste not, want not! Another satisfyingly delicious soup made with a left over ham bone (German-style from Berliner). All it takes is ONE BONE and it creates a very fragrant and amazing soup base for which to add any fresh vegetables or ingredients. Literally, no salt...

Winter Melon and Beef and Fish Balls Soup

  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 available during the warmer months in HK, but beef and fish balls are in season all the time (yah, in the frozen section of...

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

Soup Name: Dried and Fresh Bok Choy in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name:  菜乾白菜湯 (cài gān bái cài tāng) Introduction: This cooling soup is really sweet and delicious! With a combination of dried and fresh bok choy, it's a basic soup with minimal ingredients. You can...

Watercress and Chestnuts in Roasted Pork Soup

Watercress and Chestnuts in Roasted Pork Soup

Soup Name: Watercress and Chestnuts in Roasted Pork Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 西洋菜栗子燒豬湯 (xīyáng cài lì zi shāo zhū tāng)  Waste not! Want not! I've used the remains of a roasted piglet (from a banquet) to make a delicious watercress and chestnut soup....

Bitter Melon and Preserved Sour Vegetable Soup

Soup Name: Bitter Melon and Preserved Sour Vegetable Soup (in Pork Broth) Traditional Chinese Name:  苦瓜酸菜湯 (Kǔ guā suan cai tāng) Introduction: This soup is a delight of two tastes. The first is an appetizing sour taste and it finished off with a golden, rich,...

Wintermelon with Lotus Leaf and Corn in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Wintermelon with Lotus Leaf and Corn in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name:  冬瓜湯 (dōng guā tāng) Introduction: There is one particular day in the summer where the Chinese call it the "hottest day of the month". This is the soup for that day. When I went to...

Snow Pears and Apples in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Snow Pears and Apples in Chicken Broth Traditional Chinese Name:蘋果雪梨雞湯 (píng guǒ xuě lí jī tāng) Introduction: This naturally sweet soup is great in lowering "heatiness" in the body.  It's not overly cooling, but does help soothe sore throats, sun stroke...

Bitter Melon and Crab Meat Stew

Soup Name: Bitter Melon and Crab Meat Stew Traditional Chinese Name: 苦瓜蟹肉羹 (kǔguā Xiè ròu gēng) Introduction: I saw this in a magazine article one day and since I've recently developed a love for bitter melon (made only either with black bean and garlic sauce or...

Vegetarian Wintermelon and Longan Soup

Soup Name: Vegetarian Wintermelon and Longan Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 冬瓜龍眼素湯 (dōng guā lóngyǎn sù tāng) Introduction: A very light and delicious soup appropriate for hot, stuffy summers.  It is refreshing (even though it's hot) and slightly sweet with all the...

Ginseng Fruit and Gobo in Vegetable Soup

Soup Name: Ginseng Fruit and Gobo in Vegetable Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 牛蒡人参果湯 (niúbàng rénshēn guǒ tāng) Introduction: A very clear and deep sweet soup that is extremely flavorful and rich in Vitamins.  Both the ginseng fruit and the gobo root give this soup...

Chayotes, Chestnuts and Longan Vegetable Soup

Soup Name: Chayotes, Chestnuts and Longan Vegetable Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 合掌瓜栗子素湯 (hup jeung gwa lì zi sù tāng) Introduction: This naturally sweet soup is rich in flavors and oil free.  It's a refreshing soup to drink in the summer and can be served chilled...

Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup

Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup

Soup Name: Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 酸菜豆腐魚湯 (suan cai dòu fu yú tāng)   For videos, visit us on YouTube. This quick boil soup is an excellent pre-dinner appetizer. With its slight sour tang and refreshing clarity, it...

Century Egg with Chinese Parsley Soup

Soup Name: Century Egg with Chinese Parsley Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 芫茜皮蛋魚湯 (yán qiàn pídàn yú tāng) Introduction: This quick boil soup is a great soup base (although just as great by itself) in the Chinese repertoire of soups.  While some people don't like...

Quick Boil Wintermelon, Lotus Seeds and Beef Soup

Soup Name: Quick Boil Wintermelon, Lotus Seeds and Beef Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 牛肉冬瓜熬湯 (niú ròu dōng guā áo tāng) Introduction: In a rush but still want to make tasty, healthy Chinese soup?  There is this thing going around Hong Kong where people say that "old...

Snow Pears, Chayotes and Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Snow Pears, Chayotes and Seabed Coconut in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨合掌瓜湯 (xuě lí hup jeung gwa tāng) Introduction: A mildly cooling soup that helps relieve heatiness, assist in cough and is naturally sweet.  It's great for kids, easy to make...

Wolfberry Leaf with Egg Drop in Chicken Broth

Soup Name: Wolfberry Leaf with Egg Drop in Chicken Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 枸杞雞湯 (gǒu gǒu jī tāng) Introduction: A delicious soup that is rich in the unique flavors of the wolfberry leaves.  The very neat thing about this soup is that the base is an old fire...

Cooling Wintermelon Soup

Soup Name: Cooling Wintermelon Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 祛濕清熱冬瓜湯 (qū shī qīngrè dōngguā tāng) Introduction: A must drink for the hot, stuffy summers.  It helps cools the body, reduces heatiness and eliminates overheating.  While mildly sweet and light to taste,...

Fish Paste and Lettuce Soup

Soup Name: Fish paste and Lettuce Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 生菜魚片湯 (sheng cai yú piàn tāng) Introduction: A simple and quick boil soup that can be made in about 30 minutes.  It's delicious with tasty ingredients that satisfies the soup craving.  There are a...

Frog Legs with Wintermelon and Pork Bones Soup

Soup Name:  Frog Legs with Wintermelon and Pork Bones Soup   Traditional Chinese Name: 田雞冬瓜湯 (tiánjī dōng guā tāng) Introduction: A common soup made in Hong Kong when Frogs are available.  The addition of frog legs makes the soup sweet and unique.  It is a refreshing...

Red Dates and Young Coconut with Fish Tail Soup

Soup Name: Red Dates and Young Coconut with Fish Tail Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 红枣椰青魚尾湯 (hóng zǎo yē qīng yú wěi tāng)  Introduction: This is a great soup for the summers.  It's mild enough for children and with the variety of ingredients, it's a healthy and...

Pork Bones with Apples and Snow Pears Soup

Soup Name: Pork Bones with Apples and Snow Pears Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 豬骨蘋果雪梨湯 (zhū gǔ píng guǒ xuě lí tāng) Introduction: This soup is excellent and ideal for hot summer days.  It’s also very good for children and mildly relieves heatiness.  It is sweet to...

Snow Pear and Watermelon with Pork Shank Soup

Soup Name: Snow Pear and Watermelon with Pork Shank Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨西瓜豬展湯 (xuě lí xī guā zhū zhǎn tāng)  Introduction: This soup is excellent and ideal for hot summer days.  It's also very good for children and relieves heatiness.  It is sweet to...

Vegetarian Watercress Soup

Soup Name: Vegetarian Watercress Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 西洋菜栗子湯 (xī yáng cài lì zi tāng) Introduction: This savory soup is sweet in taste and healthy to eat.  It's rich in vitamins and fiber and is meant to "cool" your body - especially in the summer months. ...

Chicken Watercress Soup

Soup Name: Chicken Watercress Soup   Traditional Chinese Name: 西洋菜雞湯 (xī yáng cài ji tāng)   Introduction:   Watercress is a very popular ingredient for Chinese soups.  Typically, watercress soup is made with pork bones (see recipe here).  However, for those who...

Pork Bones with Winter Melon Soup

Soup Name:  Pork Bones with Winter Melon Soup   Traditional Chinese Name:  冬瓜湯 (dōng guā tāng) Introduction:   This is a common summer soup to relieve heatiness and cool down the body.  There are a variety of additions you can add to make this soup flavourful and...

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