SPRING CHINESE SOUPS

Soups designed to remove humidity and cleanse the body of toxins.  These tend to be more diuretic (lots of beans!) to help expel moisture from the body when it becomes more humid and moist, especially in Hong Kong (where we used to live).

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Spring Chayotes and Figs in Pork Broth

My herbalist recommended I make this soup given the recent change of temperature and humidity. She actually only provides the "dried goodies" - see below - in terms of herbs. She will tell you that you additionally need a pork shank and chayotes to complete the soup....

Chinese Soups for Spring!

It's almost Spring time! Can't you feel the warm sun on your face? Can't you feel gentle wind without that bitter, cold bite? Spring is a unique season - well, there are only 4 - so that's pretty unique already.  What makes Spring so different is one key thing...

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,...

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...

Vegetarian Pumpkin and Bean Soup

Soup Name: Vegetarian Pumpkin and Bean Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 七色素湯 (Qīsè sù tāng) Introduction: A bean-filled vegetarian soup that packs a punch in proteins.  With seven different types of "beans", it is a hearty meal that is easy to make and light to drink. ...

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...

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...

Fuzzy Melon with Corn in Pork Bones Soup

Soup Name:  Fuzzy Melon with Corn in Pork Bones Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 节瓜玉米豬骨湯 (jié guā yù mǐ zhū gǔ tāng)    Introduction: A mildly sweet soup that is rich in vitamins and nutrients.  It can be eaten as a meal because of the hearty variety of vegetable...

Water Chestnuts and Pork Spring Soup

Soup Name:  Water Chestnuts and Pork Spring Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 馬蹄豬湯 (matí zhū tāng)   Introduction: With Spring just around the corner, this simple and hearty soup is a perfect way to welcome in the warming weather.   This soup, along with a simple bowl of...

Pork Broth with Black Eye Beans and Black Moss

Soup Name:  Pork Broth with Black Eye Beans and Black Moss   Traditional Chinese Name: 髮菜眉豆豬骨湯 (fa cai méi dou zhū gǔ tāng)   Introduction: It is particularly good for the wet spring season as it dispels moisture from the body.  It is a very neutral soup that is...

Vegetarian Arrowroot and Corn Soup

  Soup Name:  Vegetarian Arrowroot and Corn Soup   Traditional Chinese Name: 粉葛玉米清湯 (fěn gé yù mǐ qīng tāng)   Introduction: A simple vegetarian soup that is designed to be cleaning, freshing, mildly sweet and easy to make.  It's actually designed for feverish...

Old Cucumber with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth

  Soup Name:  Old Cucumber with Chinese Yam in Pork Broth   Traditional Chinese Name: 老黃瓜淮山湯 (lǎo huáng guā huái shān tāng)   Introduction: This old cucumber soup is a Chinese classic that is ideal for the wet and stuffy spring season.  It helps eliminate body...

Carrot and Sweet Corn Soup with Barley and Pork Shank

Soup Name:  Carrot and Sweet Corn Soup with Barley and Pork Shank Traditional Chinese Name: 紅蘿蔔玉米豬展湯 (hóng luóbo yù mǐ zhū zhǎn tāng) Introduction: This soup is ideal excellent in dispelling excess body moisture with nourishing and cooling properties.  It is helpful...

Old Cucumber Soup with Azuki Beans and Lentil

Soup Name: Old Cucumber Soup with Azuki Beans and Lentil Traditional Chinese Name: 老黃瓜赤小豆扁豆湯 (lǎo huáng guā chì xiǎo dòu biǎn dòu tāng) Introduction: This old cucumber soup is a Chinese classic that is ideal for the wet and stuffy spring season.  It helps eliminate...

Fish Tail Soup with Lily Bulb and Carrot

Soup Name: Fish Tail Soup with Lily Bulb and Carrot Traditional Chinese Name: 百合胡蘿蔔魚尾湯 Introduction: This milky soup is excellent for children.  With its minimalistic ingredient list and sweet flavour, it is good for suppressing coughs and helping with sore throats. ...

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