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)


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 variety of ways to make the fish paste and bring variety to your quick boil soup.


3 heads of Chinese lettuce
2 pounds of Fish paste
salt to taste (optional)
ground white pepper to taste (optional)
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Prepare your fish paste by adding some salt & white pepper (add a small amount first, you can always add more)
  2. In a pan, fry your fish paste flat (flip over when cooked)
  3. When fully cooked, cook and slice into edible slices or cubes
  4. Wash and dice lettuce in thin, long strips
  5. Boil your soup water and when it boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Easy to make and delicious
  • Quick soup that requires little preparation
  • Excellent source of protein and fibre

Any precautions?

  • Make sure fish paste is thorough cooked before usage

Chinese Lettuce

Ingredient Name: Chinese Lettuce, lettuce

Traditional Chinese Name: 生菜 (shengcai)

What is this?
  • A leaf vegetable that is long, sword-shaped and medium green to dark green in color
  • It has a slightly bitter and robust flavor (that is very different from western lettuce)
  • Not typically eaten raw, but used in Chinese stews, dishes, dim sum and soups
  • Considered a mildly cooling ingredient

How do I prepare it?

  • Rinse eat leaf in warm water to remove any dirt or mud

Where can I buy this?

  • Available in most supermarkets

What is the cost?

  • 1 average-sized head of Chinese lettuce cost around $2-3 HKD

Any benefits?

  • High in dietary fiber and low in fat
  • Good source of Vitamin A and C

Any precautions?

  • Pregnant woman in their first trimester should consume in moderation as it is a mildly cooling ingredient

Any additional information?

  • Store in a cool, dry place
  • Can store up to 5 days in a refrigerated environment