Quick Boil Chinese Soup Tips

Quick Boil Chinese Soup Tips

Quick Boil Chinese Soup Tips

So I’ve had various enquiries as to what constitutes a great quick boil and what are some tips I use for quick boils. It started out as a conversation with a colleague who said “I don’t have time to make these old fire Chinese soups!”, and I thought, well… there is a whole repertoire of quick boils soups available, why don’t I show my readers some and demonstrate just how easy and simple Chinese soups can be?

 

As a start, quick boil soups are soups that you typically can make under 30 minutes of boil, with 10-15 mins of prep time and is ready for immediate consumption.  Basically, you either have limited time or your stomach is demanding something quick.

 

 

Here are some common ingredients used in quick boil Chinese soups:

 

  • Melons make great quick boil candidates (winter melon, bitter melon, fuzzy melon, even watermelon and honey dew can be used!).
  • Fresh leafy greens such as bak choy, choy sum, napa cabbage are easy editions. Leafy vegetables tend to fare better in quick boil soups rather than old fire (or double-boiled soups).
  • Those great (smelly) dried Chinese seafood you find at the wet mart or Chinese herbalists are excellent! These include dried scallops (or conpoys), snails, conch, octopus, squid (cuttlefish), shrimp and whatever else you can find are excellent flavour enhancers when needed on such short notice.
  • Dried Chinese vegetables such as Chinese mushrooms, monkey head mushrooms,  and dried bak choy are also great quick boil additions! You’ll just need to soak the first thing you do if you’re preparing this soup.
  • Ready to go meats such as preserved Chinese Ham, cooked beef, fish, cuttlefish balls that are ready-to-serve or even any leftover meats such as pork ribs, steamed pork patty, chicken wings can be thrown into a quick boil.
  • Tofu! Tofu is a delight to add to quick boil soups. Tofu balls, large tofu chunks, ready-to-serve-tofu, tofu slices, however you can find them – you can definitely use them! A great vegetarian protein addition.
  • Easy meats such as fresh chicken wings, drumsticks, breasts, or sliced beef are good – you can even use frozen ones and use room temperature water to thaw quickly by soaking them in the water and changing the water a few times.

 

Here are also a few tips and tricks I’ve used for quick boil soups. Actually, I’d almost say they are critical to the success of the soup because you’ve got one constraint against you – time.

 

  • Use small cuts for everything – small cubes are best, especially for melons and vegetables such as carrots. Or go thin, like 2 cm thin slices of carrots, radish, mushrooms, etc..
  • Shuck corn if you like the corn separate, this will cook way faster. You can also use the cobs as part of the soup base.
  • Cut meats into smaller bite-sized pieces as well – they will also cook faster and as the water boils, it will release the flavours from more parts quicker.
  • Broths are your friends. If you need to enhance flavours, use chicken, beef or vegetable broth to boost the taste of the soup. Be sure to use MSG free ones.
  • Consider using the soup to help boil other parts of your dinner. For example, I will use the soup to boil broccoli for the children or choy sum for us. It’s a win-win situation!
  • If you’d like the soup to last a few days, you can definitely store leftovers in the fridge to be reheated up to 2-3 days later. I like making a bigger batch so I can consume later as to economize my efforts.

 

Try any of these quick boil soup recipes

Snow Pears and Chen Pi (Tangerine Peels) for Coughs and Congestion

Snow Pears and Chen Pi (Tangerine Peels) for Coughs and Congestion

Soup Name: Recovery Healing Soup (for Wet Coughs, clearing phlegm and congestion) Chinese Name: 雪梨化痰茶 (xuě lí huà tán chá)  This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.It seems that time of year again!  The...

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...

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Chinese Winter Melon and Parma Ham Stew

Soup Name:  Chinese Winter melon and Ham Stew Traditional Chinese Name:    For more videos, visit us on YouTube.I was inspired to make this soup one day when I walked by the wet mart and saw the vendor carving up this giant fresh winter melon and I thought,...

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...

Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup

Vietnamese Sour Fish Soup

I love soups. I particularly do love sour soups as an appetizer because they really bring out my appetite! I know sour soups aren’t for all taste buds, but here’s a simple one you can make at home with fresh ingredients. You can always adjust the sourness (and even...

Bitter Melon Soup with Corn and Pork Meatballs

Bitter Melon Soup with Corn and Pork Meatballs

Soup Name: Bitter Melon with Corn and Pork Meatballs Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 簡單菜湯 (Jiǎn dān cài tāng)  For videos, visit us on YouTube.I made this after work one day and managed to pick up fresh veggies and meat from the wet mart on the way home. Sometimes...

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...

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo

Soup Name: Vegetarian Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes and Corn Broth with Orzo For more videos, visit us on YouTube.     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...

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...

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth

Soup Name:  Quick Boil Winter Melon, Mushrooms with Corn in Chicken Broth Traditional Chinese Name:   冬瓜冬菇 玉米 雞熬湯(dōng guā dōng gū yù mǐ jī ao tāng) Nature of soup:  Slightly cooling (primarily from the winter melon)This is the start of the “Quick Boil Series” of...

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...

EXPLORE MORE

Mushroom Medley with Cabbage and Black Moss Stew

Soup Name: Mushroom Medley with Cabbage and Black Moss Stew Chinese Name: 冬菇髮菜 (dōng gū fa cai) This dish is neutral in nature.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.In an earlier video on "How to use mushrooms in Chinese cooking" I spoke of a fear of using...

White Radish with Mushrooms and Vermicelli in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: White radish with mushrooms and vermicelli in Chicken Soup Chinese Name: 白蘿蔔冬菇粉絲雞湯 (bái luóbo dōng gū fěn sī jī tāng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Sometimes, I want something relatively easy and quick to whip up all in one-pot!  Make a bit of...

How to Prepare for Sleep (with TCM Concepts)

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SLEEP (USING TCM CONCEPTS) Learn to prepare for better sleep and how you can transition your body and mind from a yang to a yin state as evenings nears and you're preparing to go to bed. Learn some simply Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and...

Snow Pears and Chen Pi (Tangerine Peels) for Coughs and Congestion

Soup Name: Recovery Healing Soup (for Wet Coughs, clearing phlegm and congestion) Chinese Name: 雪梨化痰茶 (xuě lí huà tán chá)  This tea is slightly cooling in nature and sweet to taste.   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.It seems that time of year again!  The...

Tips and Tricks for Making Amazing Chinese Soups

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING AMAZING CHINESE SOUPSThere are so many little tips and tricks in the school of Chinese soup making that it's incredible!  And, it seems that different regions in China also have different tips and tricks!  I love how there's a wealth of...

White Radish with Mushrooms and Vermicelli in Chicken Soup

Soup Name: White radish with mushrooms and vermicelli in Chicken Soup Chinese Name: 白蘿蔔冬菇粉絲雞湯 (bái luóbo dōng gū fěn sī jī tāng)   For more videos, visit us on YouTube.Sometimes, I want something relatively easy and quick to whip up all in one-pot!  Make a bit of...

How to Prepare for Sleep (with TCM Concepts)

HOW TO PREPARE FOR SLEEP (USING TCM CONCEPTS) Learn to prepare for better sleep and how you can transition your body and mind from a yang to a yin state as evenings nears and you're preparing to go to bed. Learn some simply Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and...

Tips and Tricks for Making Amazing Chinese Soups

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING AMAZING CHINESE SOUPSThere are so many little tips and tricks in the school of Chinese soup making that it's incredible!  And, it seems that different regions in China also have different tips and tricks!  I love how there's a wealth of...

Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup (as a Hot Pot Base)

Soup Name: Traditional Chinese Herbal Soup Traditional Chinese Name: 藥膳雞煲 (yàoshàn jī bāo) This soup is warming in nature and sweet to taste.   For videos, visit us on YouTube.This soup has a very distinctive smell and taste of a Chinese medicinal shop.  It's...

Using TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Concepts for Chinese Soups

AN INTRODUCTION to YIN and YANG in OUR EVERYDAY SOUPS AND FOODYes, that ever so common Cantonese phrase "yeet hay"!  Well, did you know, that yeet hay actually means, excess yang?  Although sometimes, it could be mistaken as yin deficiency.  And there are actually...

GIVE YOUR LOVE OF SOUP.

FOLLOW US AND SHARE.

ON YOUTUBE

ON INSTAGRAM

ON FACEBOOK