The Unique Flavor of Chinese Soup
Although soup varies from town to town, country to country, and continent to continent, and there lots of similar styles, nothing compares to Chinese soup, because it really is unique. Soup is a big deal in China, and many people enjoy a bowl of it at least once a day. Although pretty much every cuisine has its own soup recipes, China has a large variety of different ones.
When East Meets West
As you would expect, there is quite a big difference between traditional Chinese soups and those which you might find in your local American-Chinese restaurant. Altering Chinese food for Western palates is something most of these places will do, so if you want to ensure you are eating something totally authentic, the best thing to do is prepare the soup yourself, and then you can enjoy it the way it is supposed to taste.
Famous Chinese Soups
Everyone knows hot and sour soup, as well as wonton soup, and chicken and corn soup. Egg drop soup is also a famous dish from China, and so are soups featuring plenty of rice or noodles. One of the main differences between Chinese soups and Western soups is the lack of dairy used in the Asian types of soup. Most of the recipes are based on a stock or broth, and will not feature cream, milk, cheese or yogurt. Potatoes or other starchy ingredients can be used to thicken such soups, or they might be served un-thickened.
Basic Chinese Stock Recipes
A Chinese soup can be savory or sweet, and traditional recipes were developed for their nutritional value as much as for their flavor. Soup is an economic dish and that is one reason they are so popular in Chinese cuisine. There are 5 basic Chinese soups, and those are fish broth, chicken broth, pork broth, superior broth (which is made from ham and chicken), and white broth (which is made from blanched pork bones). Any of these can be the basis of a good Chinese soup.
Common Ingredients in Chinese Soup
As well as a good meat, vegetable or fish base, you can expect to find noodles or rice in many Chinese soups, as well as vegetables like carrots, broccoli, onion, corn, mushrooms, and bell pepper. Soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and 5-spice powder are often used in the soup recipes, while chili can sometimes make an appearance too.
Some soups are best served as appetizers because they are mild and not especially filling, but if you want to serve the soup as the main dish, you might like to try our Chinese meatball soup, which boasts large meatballs as well as the soup itself, or a similar recipe which makes a satisfying meal.
So, enjoy browsing our extensive collection of the best Chinese soup recipes and have fun cooking them!
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