Traditional Chinese Name: 祛濕清熱冬瓜湯 (qū shī qīngrè dōngguā tāng)
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, this is a common and very popular soup in the Cantonese soup repertoire. There are a variety of ways to make this soup, but this is the most basic.
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
Prepare your fish paste by adding some salt & white pepper (add a small amount first, you can always add more)
In a pan, fry your fish paste flat (flip over when cooked)
When fully cooked, cook and slice into edible slices or cubes
Wash and dice lettuce in thin, long strips
Boil your soup water and when it boils, add all the ingredients together
Boil on high for 30 minutes
Serve and enjoy!
Easy to make and delicious
Quick soup that requires little preparation
Excellent source of protein and fibre
Make sure fish paste is thorough cooked before usage
I don’t know if it’s classified entirely as a Chinese soup, but it’s delicious! It’s similar to this version of Chicken and Veggies Soup, except it’s a more “old fire” soup because it’s boiled for much longer. There are no herbal additives or Chinese medicine included in this soup, but it is super sweet and extremely tasty. The Chinese often use a whole chicken, including the feet, heart, liver, neck and everything in between.
Soup Name: Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth
Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾火腿湯 (cài gān huǒ tuǐ tāng)
One of the best smelling Chinese soups I have ever made. It is deliciously sweet and extremely beneficial to the lungs with it’s perfect combination of Chinese herbs that target to moisturize, heal, cleanse the lungs. The dried bok choy and preserved Chinese ham are a great and common Cantonese combination for soups.