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.  

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...

Turkey Pumpkin Soup

After 400+ posts, this soup is by far the simplest--yet still tasty--of all soups we have ever posted.  It has just TWO main ingredients, yet both ingredients bring a lot of flavour and go together well.  Although it's possible to add other ingredients, such as...

Chinese Radish and Chicken Soup

With winter well on it's way, I can't think of a better way to warm up after returning home from the cool outdoors than by drinking a warm Chinese soup -- it will warm you from the inside out. This one is relatively easy to make, is great for children and may be...

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...

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...

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

My second project using the new double-boiler! I found a very simple, but delicious apple and pear Chinese soup with pork and chicken and Chinese herbs.  This is a pretty traditional Chinese soup and can be made both with or without double-boiling. The purpose of...

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

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 children. This is another quick boil vegetarian soup that can be done in under 30 minutes. For my kids, I added pan-fried...

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? WHAT? Yah... starfish. I knew that the Chinese used starfish in soups, but I had never actually seen where I could buy starfish, nor tried soups with starfish before.  I happened to venture to Lamma Island in Hong Kong one day and ta-da(!) I found some dried...

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...

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

  This soup is ideal for colds, flus and cough. If you've got a sore or scratchy throat, achy body, tiredness and/or headache - this soup is for you!  From an Eastern perspective, the Chinese don't recommend drinking chicken soup when you're sick, which to me,...

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

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

  My mother-in-law made this soup one day and it was so simply brilliant, that I tried it myself. I am a fan of boiled peanuts and papaya is a neutrally healthy fruit to add to soups. You can use either unripe red papayas or green papayas. The red papayas are...

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...

Old Cucumber and Carrots in Pork Broth

  Another soup for the damp, wet spring season! You'll find a recurring theme within Spring soups, mainly consisting of an assortment of beans and certain vegetables that are diuretic. This is a simple soup with a pretty strong "bean" taste - so use less beans if...

Spinach and Water Chestnuts in Chicken Broth

  This is a variation on a restaurant-styled spinach soup I had at a Chinese restaurant. In their version, the spinach was less dense and more coarse and it was called a "gung" in Cantonese - meaning a thick stew type of soup. I wanted something lighter,...

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...

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) Introduction: It's Chinese New Year's and what better time to make a blood red soup than this special holiday? The red beet is as red as a...

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,...

Black Silkie Chicken with Vegetables and Chestnuts

Soup Name: Black Silkie Chicken with Vegetables and Chestnuts Traditional Chinese Name:  黑雞蘿蔔玉米栗子湯 (hēi jī luó bo yù mǐ lì zǐ tāng) Introduction: Black silkie chickens aren't the most appealing animals to look at, but it can really pack a delicious punch to soups. I...

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) Tofu and Mushrooms Miso Soup Recipe Type: Soup Cuisine: Japanese Author: LadyTong Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 25 mins Serves: 4 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

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...

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,...

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...

GUEST SOUP: Pumpkin Corn Pork Shin Fig Soup

  Guest Poster: Debbie! Soup Name: Pumpkin Corn Pork Shin Fig Soup Introduction: This is a guest soup submission from our good friend Debbie, who is the ultimate stay-at-home mom with two kids and one on the way!  She whipped up this simple Pumpkin and Corn Fig...

Abalone in Chicken Soup

Abalone in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Abalone in Chicken Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 鮑魚清雞湯 (bào yú qīng jī tāng) Introduction: This soup is a powered up version of the Chicken Herbal Soup. Packed with the natural sea-sweetness of the abalones and herbs, it's a great soup for the cold winter...

Lotus Root with Dried Octopus in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: Lotus Root with Dried Octopus in Chicken Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 章魚幹蓮藕雞湯 (zhāng yú gàn liánǒu jī tāng) Introduction: This is a simple, easy-to-make soup that doesn't require many ingredients. It's a heavy sweet (not a light sweet) and appropriate for...

Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts Vegetarian Soup

Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts Vegetarian Soup

Soup Name: Arrowroot and Water Chestnuts Vegetarian Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 馬蹄粉葛湯 (mǎtí fěn gé tāng)  This soup is great for heated bodies and sore throats. It is mildly cooling, but extremely soothing with it’s sweet taste and smoothness. Since it’s meat...

Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup

Soup Name: Vegetarian Snow Pear and Corn Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 雪梨玉米湯 (xuě lí yù mǐ tāng)   For videos, visit us on YouTube. This simple, clean and very sweet soup is great for people with sore throats or heaty bodies. You can actually drink it cold or...

Walnuts and Cashews in Pork Broth

Soup Name: Walnuts and Cashews in Pork Broth Traditional Chinese Name: 合桃素湯 (hé táo sù tāng) Introduction: This interesting soup is mainly composed of round stuff (little nibbles of things) like nuts and beans.  This soups excellent for "brain" and "memory"...

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...

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