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Easy Chinese Soups – Fish Maw Soup Recipe


By Justina Lee


You've to agree with me if I say Chinese are particularly fussy when it comes to planning the Chinese New Year menu. By that I mean not only the dinning table must be laden with lots of food but also with fortune.


Many of the dishes served and ingredients used have auspicious meanings – happiness, prosperity, abundance, good health and good fortune. And, a traditional Chinese New Year dish that's never missing from my family is fish maw soup.


I prepare this soup slightly different from most families; I go a step further (for special occasions like Chinese New Year or birthday celebrations) and stuffed the fish maw with ground pork.


Also, if I'm feeling a little extravagant, I throw in 2 to 3 pieces of dried scallops in the stock and garnish the soup with thinly slices of abalone. How about that for a prosperous start to the new year?


Fish Maw Soup Recipe

(serves 4 to 6)



½ fresh chicken, skin and fats removed

60 grams fish maw

200 grams ground pork

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil

½ tablespoon cornflour

6 cups water

1 carrot, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces

200 grams Chinese cabbage

1 can straw mushrooms

1 can button mushrooms

4 dried Chinese mushrooms, soften, stem removed and sliced

salt to taste


How to cook fish maw soup


Scald chicken in hot boiling water for a while until the chicken turns white on the outside and remove.  Rinse chicken under cold running water.


Add water, chicken and vegetables in a large soup pot and cook over low heat for about 1 hour.


Soak fish maw until soft and then cut into 3-cm rings.


Combine ground meat, light soy sauce, pepper, oil and cornflour in a bowl. Mix well and stuff into fish maw rings. Set aside.


Add fish maw, all mushrooms and salt into chicken stock. Cook until boiling over medium heat. Garnish with spring onion and abalone slices, if desired.


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