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 I originally made this as a base for a lunch (consisting of fish balls and macaroni) and the kids loved it! Soups are so diverse in that you can use it as a base for stews, congee, noodles and other Chinese dishes. Keeping it simple will allow you to diversify your “final” dish and get really creative!

 

What Ingredients are required?

2-3 fresh Grass Carp fillets, chunked
5 slices of fresh ginger
3 foot long pieces of Chinese Yam, peeling is optional, quartered
3 fresh corn, quartered
3 large sweet potatoes, halved

2-3 L of water
salt to taste (optional)

How do I prepare it?

  1. In a shallow pan, fry the fish with the ginger until the meat is cooked and the edges are slightly crispy
  2. When cooked, set aside to cool
  3. Prepare vegetables and take caution with the Chinese Yam (wear gloves or keep the skin on)
  4. Boil your soup water
  5. When the water boils, add all the ingredients together and boil on high for thirty minutes
  6. Reduce heat to simmer for another thirty minutes
  7. Salt to taste if needed, but try it first
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Any benefits?

  • This soup serves as a great base for noodles or macaroni
  • It is very low in fat
  • A neutral soup that is ideal for the whole family
  • All the ingredients can be consumed

Any precautions?

  • Be careful of bones on the fish fillet if eating as a meal

Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup

Soup Name: Salted Mustard Greens with Tofu in Fish Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 酸菜豆腐魚湯 (suan cai dòu fu yú tāng)

Introduction:

This quick boil soup is an excellent pre-dinner appetizer.  With its slight sour tang and refreshing clarity, it is relatively easy to make and very healthy for the whole family.  Depending on the type, brand and preservation process of the mustard greens, your soup color can range from pale yellow to a bright yellow (as picture above).  With a variety of textures in the soup, it serves as a great supplement to dinner and is an excellent source of protein.  This is considered a great summer soup.

What ingredients are required?

5-6 large slices of grass carp fish, preferably from the tail or backside
3 fresh slices of ginger
1 tsp of salt
1/2 package of preserved/salted mustard greens, largely sliced
1 pack of fresh stiff tofu, cubed
2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak the preserved mustard greens in warm water for 10 minutes
  2. Wash and rinse your fish in running water, slice into large pieces (so that they don’t disintegrate as easily in the soup)
  3. Pat dry with a paper towel and salt lightly
  4. In a frying pan, heat oil until hot and fry ginger and fish slices until golden brown
  5. Set aside the fish when finished (it doesn’t have to be completed cooked, but at least with lightly golden surfaces)
  6. Boil your soup water
  7. Rinse preserved mustard greens in running water and slice into edible pieces
  8. Rinse tofu and cut into large pieces
  9. Slice the century eggs in half
  10. When the soup water boils, add ginger, fish, preserved mustard greens, and tofu together
  11. Boil on high for 30 minutes

Any benefits?

  • Naturally salted because of the mustard greens, so no salt needed!
  • High source of protein and low in fat
  • Excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E, folic acid, calcium, carotenes, manganese, copper, potassium, iron and fiber
  • Great for your bones and plenty of anti-oxidants

Any precautions?

  • If you’re concerned about the level of saltiness of the preserved mustard greens, you can soak them longer (for at least an hour)
  • Be sure to buy preserved mustard greens from a reputable source and be sure to check the expiry date
  • Be sure to use stiff tofu as this is the only type that will sustain its shape and form when put in boiling water.  Soft tofu will break apart, while still tastes OK, the soup doesn’t look as clean
  • Remove all the bones of the fish as I am not boiling with a fish bag (or take caution when serving children)

Fresh fish slices

Fried fish slices set aside before adding to the soup

Century Egg with Chinese Parsley Soup

Soup Name: Century Egg with Chinese Parsley Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 芫茜皮蛋魚湯 (yán qiàn pídàn yú tāng)

Introduction:

This quick boil soup is a great soup base (although just as great by itself) in the Chinese repertoire of soups.  While some people don’t like Chinese parsley at all (like me), the strong taste of the herb is heavily muted when boiled in this fashion.  As a result, the soup is slightly sweet and has a refreshingly mild taste to it.  You can use a variety of meats and other vegetables as desired.

What ingredients are required?

1 fresh big fish stomach, largely sliced
3 fresh slices of ginger
1 tsp of salt
2 fresh bunches of Chinese parsley
4 century eggs, washed and halved
2 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Wash and rinse big fish stomach in running water, slice into large pieces (so that they don’t disintegrate as easily in the soup)
  2. Pat dry with a paper towel and salt lightly
  3. In a frying pan, heat oil until hot and fry ginger and big fish stomach slices until golden brown
  4. Set aside the fish when finished (it doesn’t have to be completed cooked, but at least with lightly golden surfaces)
  5. Boil your soup water
  6. Rinse Chinese parsley in running water
  7. Wash and peel century eggs in running water, be sure to remove all the shell and coating
  8. Slice the century eggs in half
  9. When the soup water boils, add ginger, fish, century eggs, and Chinese parsley together
  10. Boil on high for 30 minutes
  11. Salt as necessary (but taste it first!)

Any benefits?

  • Excellent in removing heat from the body
  • Mildly cooling soup that is great for the hot summer
  • Easy soup to make
  • Great soup base for the addition of other meats and vegetables

Any precautions?

  • Menstruating or women in their first trimester should consume with caution as it is a cooling soup
  • Be sure that the fish stomach has not disintegrated, if it has, use a strainer to catch the pieces if serving to children (or use a soup bag)