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

Ingredients:

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

Whole Chicken and Vegetable Soup


Soup Name:
Whole Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 雞菜湯 (jī cài tāng)

Introduction:

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.

1 fresh whole chicken
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
1 small stalk of celery
2 potatoes
1 onion (fresh)
2 tomatoes

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh chicken in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Prepare all the vegetables by washing and cutting into edible portions
  4. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  5. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to simmering for another 1.5 hours
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Easy to make and delicious
  • Neutral soup that is ideal for any drinker
  • Excellent source of fiber and nutrition

Any precautions?

  • The use of fresh chicken in the soup can create an oily film on the surface of the soup.  Use an oil strainer to remove any excess oil before serving.

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Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Bok Choy with Chinese Ham in Pork Broth

Traditional Chinese Name: 菜乾火腿湯 (cài gān huǒ tuǐ tāng)

Introduction:

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.

1 pound of fresh pork shank
3 large carrots
2 fresh corn
50 g of dried bok choy
100 g of Chinese preserved ham

1/8 of a luo han guo
1 piece of dried tangerine peel
1 tablespoon of apricot kernals
20 g of rice beans
4 honey dates
1 Codonopsis Pilosula Root (5 g)
3 g of wind weed rhizome
3 g of root bark of White Mulberry
2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it

  1. Blanch fresh pork shank in a pot of boiling water
  2. Boil your soup water
  3. Prepare carrots and corn by cutting into edible pieces
  4. Rinse well in warm water the dried bok choy and all of the additives (other ingredients)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to simmering for another 1.5 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Great for healing, aiding and cleansing the lungs
  • Ideal for relieving cough symptoms
  • Helps remove some heatiness

Any precautions?

  • Considered a cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution
  • People who also can’t take too cooling soups should drink less (or avoid)

Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 馬蹄粉葛雞湯 (mǎtí fěn gé jī tāng)

Introduction:
A great soup for nourishing the lungs, helping with coughs and reducing phlegm.  It is also ideal in the wet, stuffy spring season to remove excess moisture from the body.

1 fresh whole chicken
10 fresh chicken feet
1 peel of dried tangerine peel
1 pound of smilax root
1 arrowroot
10-15 fresh water chestnuts

How do I prepare it?

  1. Cut smilax root & arrowroot into edible cubes
  2. Boil a pot of water to blanch smilax root, chicken & chicken feet (don’t cut nails as it will release oils into the soup)
  3. Boil soup water
  4. Wash and peel water chestnuts
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes and reduce to continually boiling for another 2 hours
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for removing moisture from the body (especially during the Spring)
  • Ideal for relieving cough symptoms and removing phlegm
  • Helps remove some heatiness

Any precautions?

  • Considered a mildly cooling soup, so women who are less than 3 months pregnant should take caution
  • Smilax root must be blanched in boiling water thoroughly clean them

Chinese Pumpkin with Sweet Potato and Tomato Soup

Soup Name: Chinese pumpkin with sweet potato and tomato soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 三甘湯 (sān gān tāng)

Introduction:
The name is quite interesting because I learned about this soup from my vegetable vendor in the wet mart in Hong Kong.  The 3 (三 – sān) implies 3 keys vegetables ingredients, that being:  Chinese pumpkin, sweet potato and tomatos.  The base of this soup is rich in vitamins, extremely sweet and a neutral soup for the whole family to drink.  You can add other ingredients to this vegetable soup pending your creativity and physical needs.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork shank (optional if you want a vegetarian soup)
1/2 fresh Chinese pumpkin
5 fresh tomatoes
3 fresh sweet potatoes
10 dried longans
2 fresh onions

2-3 L of water
1 teaspoon of oil (optional to pan-fry onions)
How do I prepare it?

  1. Boil your soup water
  2. Blanch pork in boiling water
  3. Cut up pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and onions into large cubes
  4. In a shallow pan, quickly fry the onions (optional step, but it really enhances the flavour of the onions in the soup)
  5. When water boils, add all the ingredients together
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes, reduce to simmer for another hour.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent soup for children (including the rich broth and hearty ingredients)
  • Soup is rich in Vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene
  • Ingredients are great for the eyes and aides in digestion

Any precautions?

  • None!  Enjoy!

Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup

Soup Name: Preserved Mustard Greens in Pig Stomach’s Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 豬肚酸菜湯 (Zhū dù suan cai tāng)

Introduction:
A pretty traditional type of Chinese soup that uses white peppercorn – there are only a few that use this ingredient.  It is not particularly spicy, but it does have an interesting taste that is probably acquired.   My children didn’t like this soup at all, but with more pork bones (or pork shank) and less pepper, it can be a very appetizing soup because of the preserved mustard greens.  Excellent for spring as it helps remove moisture from the body during the wet and stuffy rainy season.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones (optional)
1 pack of preserved mustard greens
200 g of pig’s stomach
15 g of white peppercorn (half it for kids)
3-4 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Blanch pork in boiling water
  2. Boil soup water
  3. Rinse and cut up preserved mustard greens into large pieces (if you want it less salty or sour, soak in water longer)
  4. When water boils, add all ingredients together
  5. Boil on high heat for half an hour and then reduce to simmer for another hour
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • Excellent for removing moisture from the body
  • Extremely appetizing soup
  • Very neutral soup ideal for all soup drinkers

Any precautions?

  • Use caution with pepper (always add less and add more later)
  • Buy preserved mustard greens from a reputable source