Simple Shrimp and Chinese Cabbage Soup
This simple yet delicious soup has a typical Chinese flavor. The soup features Chinese cabbage, green onion and garlic, as well as tofu and shrimp which go very nicely together. The seasonings are ginger, garlic and sesame oil, so the shrimp and vegetable flavors will shine through clearly. This soup makes a great lunch or you can serve it as an appetizer in smaller portions if you prefer. The following recipe makes 2 servings so you might like to double it if you are feeding more people.
The recipe calls for the white part of a green onion and you can save the green parts for garnishing the soup if you want. Alternatively use half a white or yellow onion if you do not have any green ones. Use black pepper if you do not have white pepper. White pepper is used more frequently in Chinese dishes and has a less complex flavor than black pepper but a hotter taste. The sesame oil adds a really nice taste as well but you will only need a couple of drops because a little goes a long way.
Chop the shrimp if you want them in smaller pieces or leave them whole if you prefer. It is best to peel and devein them, since they are going in the soup and people will have to pick them out otherwise. You might like to leave the tails on if you are using larger ones. The choice is yours.
- 8 chopped Chinese cabbage leaves
- 2 thin slices ginger
- 1 finely chopped green onion, white part only
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ½ block tofu in small cubes
- 10 peeled, deveined, medium shrimp
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Broth or water, as needed
- Salt and white pepper, to taste
- Few drops sesame oil
- Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or pot.
- Add the shrimp until pink, then remove them from the pan.
- Add the garlic, ginger and white part of the green onion, and sauté until fragrant.
- Add the Chinese cabbage and fry for 2 minutes.
- Add enough broth or water to cover the contents in the wok plus another couple of inches.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the tofu and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add the cooked shrimp and stir.
- Add sesame oil, salt and white pepper to taste.
This soup features Chinese cabbage, shrimp and tofu, and you can see all of those ingredients in the picture. If you wish to scatter chopped green onion (the green part only) over the top as a garnish you may do that, or you could add a sprig of cilantro if you prefer. This soup has a simple flavor which you will love, and it is also a nutritious dish to serve at lunchtime to keep you energized throughout the afternoon. If you are in the mood for a delicious Chinese soup, forget the sugar-laded options from your local grocery store and instead combine a few basic ingredients to make your own authentic Chinese soup at home.
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