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Creamy Mushroom Soup

1. Prepare mushroom (cut into slices, about 250g), 1/2 chopped onion, 2 cloves of chopped garlic.

2. Heat a pan. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter, also add in 2 tsp olive oil. When butter melts, add in onion and garlic. Stir fry till onion turns transparent.

3. Add in mushroom, also sprinkle salt pepper and dried herbs. Stir fry till mushroom turn soft. Add in 1/2 cup flour. And stir fry evenly.

4. Pour in 1 cup stock. Bring to boil first, turn to low heat and simmer for 5 mins.

5. Pour everything into a blender. Blend till smooth.

6. Pour back to pot. Add in cream or milk. I only had milk in the fridge, so I have no choice.

7. Stir slowly to mix well. Season with salt and pepper.


Yellow Croaker Fish (Huang Hua 黄花鱼) Soup

My husband likes 100 seconds yellow croaker fish soup of Putien restaurant very much. The soup’s name 百秒黄花鱼 literally means cook yellow croaker fish for only 100 seconds. The soup is very nice and tasty.

We happened to see fresh yellow croaker sold in supermarket and we bough 2 of them. It’s very rare to see fresh yellow croacker here.

I tried to cook this soup, but I didn’t dare to cook fish for just 100 seconds since my fish looks much bigger. I worried 100 seconds is not long enough to cook fish thoroughly. So I decided to cook it for 3 mins.

  1. Cut fish open at the belly and make it look like a stingray. sprinkle a little salt all over the fish. Place fish in a big bowl, drizzle in cooking wine and several ginger slices. Marinate for about 20 mins.
  2. Prepare a big and deep pot or a wok. Add in 1 cup water, white part of 1 stalk spring onion, 2 ginger slices, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 pinch sugar. Bring to boil for 2 or 3 mins.
  3. Gently put the fish in. Cover the lid for 3 mins. To make sure fish is fully cooker, I let the lid on for another 30 seconds after 3 mins.
  4. Garnish with the rest spring onion green part.


I have to say it’s definitely not as good as Putien restaurant.

Fish is cooked for sure.

My husband still thinks it’s very nice though.


Tomato & Egg Soup

I’ve been having this soup since I was very little. There is a little difference between the soup in the southern and northern China. Usually, southerners like soup and they like the soup that cooked for hours. I know many northerners like my family don’t consume too much time cooking soup. So fast soup like this tomato & egg tofu is popular in north.


tomatoes 2

egg 1

1 pack tofu (optional)



chopped spring onion

sesame oil

  1. Cut a cross at the bottom of tomatoes. Soak them in hot water for a little while. Then it can be peeled easily. Chop tomatoes into small cubes.
  2. Cut tofu into small pieces. Tofu is not a must-have ingredient in this soup. You can skip this step if you don’t have.
  3. Beat 1 egg into a bowl.
  4. Heat a pan. Drizzle in a little oil. Add in tomato pieces. Turn to low heat. Stir fry tomatoes till it turns very softened and mashed.
  5. Pour in 1/2 1 cup water. Also add in tofu if you have. Simmer for 5-8 mins.
  6. Dissolve 2 tsp starch in 1 tbsp water, and add into the soup. Stir well.
  7. Stir soup with a spoon and pour in beaten egg at the same time. cook for another 1 min to get egg done.
  8. Season with salt.

Garnish with spring onion and drizzle in sesame oil before serving.

Very simple and super fast.

Clam Soup With Tofu & Egg


Clam meat

1 egg

tofu cubes




  1. Heat a little oil in the pan. Add in clam meat, and stir fry till aromatic.
  2. Pour in 2 cups of hot water. Also cut in tofu cubes. Water will become milky white in color.
  3. Bring soup to boil. And simmer for 3- 5 mins.
  4. Beat 1 egg in a bowl. Add egg into the  soup. Bring to boil again.
  5. Season with salt.

You can serve with a drop of sesame oil and coriander or chopped spring onion.

My husband loves it.

ABC Soup

My husband used to cook this soup for me.  That’s really shocking since he seldom cooks. He cooks for maybe 10 times at most and chooses to cook soup. Why? Because he just needs to put all the ingredients into a pot and let the cooker do the rest work. That’s why I cannot say he doesn’t cook at all.

According to him, this soup is full of vitamin A,  B and C, and that’s how it gets the name.

Main ingredients are chicken leg (you can even use pork instead), vegetables (tomato, potato, carrot and onion). The most complicated part is to handle vegetables. (When my husband cooked this soup last time, I cleaned and cut all the vegetable for him.) Cut vegetables into medium chunks.

Put chicken leg into a pot, add in enough water. Bring to boil with high heat first. Skim the soup and remove all the dirt to make sure soup is clear. Then add all vegetable pieces in. Tun to low heat and simmer for at least 45 mins.

Don’t forget to season with salt before serving.


I cooked for my husband when he felt a bit sick and didn’t have appetite. He finished this whole bowl of soup. Ate up all the vegetables and chicken leg.

Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶)

Bak kut teh is a very popular dish in Singapore. It’s kind of spice rib soup. The cooking method is not complicated but it’s a bit time consuming.

1. Wash 1 kg ribs in water. Then put them in a big pot. Add in enough water covers all ribs. Bring water to boil. Take the ribs out and rinse under water.

2. Wash the pot. Add in 1.5 L water. Bring to boil.

3. Add in 1 head of garlic (peeled or unpeeled is fine) and the spice bag. Because bak kut teh needs many herbs. So a spice bag is much more convenient and it can bought from supermarket.

4. Also put in all the ribs. Simmer for at least 1 hour.

5. Add in 1 tablespoon light soy sauce before serving.

My husband loves it.

White Fungus, Red Date, Lotus Seed & Barley Soup

Yeah, it’s quite a long name. 🙂

Strictly speaking, this soup should belong to dessert, since it’s a sweet soup not a savory soup.

Main ingredients are white fungus (soak in the water first till completely softened and remove the yellow bottom), red dates (remove the core), barley (wash clean), lotus seeds (remove the green sprouts in the middle if there is any to avoid bitter taste) and wolf berries.

Put all ingredients in a pot. Here I used a rice cooker. Add in enough water.

Also add in several sugar cubes according to your preference.

I chose “soup” function on the rice cooker. And it cooked for approximately 3 hours. If you use normal pot on stove. You can bring to boil with high heat first, then simmer with low heat for 1.5 hours.

Soup is nice. Because it contains red dates and white fungus, it is also called beauty soup.


My husband loves it.


My Husband’s Favorite Rib, Lotus Root & Peanut Soup Recipe

I was born and grew up in northern part of China. Actually, my family didn’t have the habit of having soup during the meal. I know that people from southern part really like soup. Soup to them is a must-have dish on the table.

My husband is a soup lover. He basically likes all kinds of soup. Influenced by him, I start to realize soup’s charm.

There is a chicken rice stall near where we live. If you order chicken rice there, a small bowl of lotus root & peanut soup will be served as well. My husband loves the chicken rice there and also their soup. He mentioned more than once how much he loves the soup with lotus root and peanut in it.

That’s why I decided to cook this soup.

1. Rinse ribs under water.

2. Place all ribs in the pot. Pour in enough water covers and even higher than the ribs.

3. Bring to boil with high heat. Skim the soup.

4. Add in several ginger slices, lotus root chunks, some peanuts. Turn to low heat. Cook for 1-2 hrs.

Nice soup takes long time unless you have pressure cooker.

Season with salt before serving.

The amazing part of the soup is that it tastes a bit sweet even without adding in any sugar.

My husband can have 2 bowls of it.


Fish Maw Soup

In fact, I’ve never had fish maw before I came to Singapore. Fish maw is not that popular in my hometown as it is in southern part of China. The story began on one day, my husband received a CNY gift, which contained many traditional Chinese ingredients for CNY and that’s how we got a can of fish maw. Never cooked fish maw before. But I still wanted to give it a try.

Main ingredient of this soup is fish maw. To make the soup more tasty, I made some fresh chicken stock.

Just put a half chicken into a pot with some ginger slices. and cook for 2 hours.

Apart from fish maw, I also used clams. I guess seafood like shrimps and crab meat also goes well with this soup.

  1. Boil a pot of chicken stock.
  2. Take the fish maw out, drain and cut into smaller pieces. The liquid in the can is also edible, so I just poured everything (there are also some shiitake mushroom slices) into the pot.
  3. When stock boils, add fish maw in. Skim the soup when it boils again.
  4. Clams in and simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Dissolve 1 tablespoon starch in 2 tablespoon water. Pour starch water into the soup and stir evenly.
  6. Beat 1 egg into a bowl. Pour egg into the soup while stirring the soup.
  7. Boil for another minute and season with salt.


Soup is easy.

My husband loves it very much.

Oh. For the chicken I used to make chicken stock, It can be served as one dish. Just cut in into smaller chunks. Mix 2 tsp light soy sauce and 2 tsp sesame oil. pour the sauce over chicken.

Vegetable Soup

Before anything. Yeah! That’s a whole potato in the soup.

It’s a rally light and simple soup. And of course, it’s also healthy. Even my husband, a 100% meat lover, falls for this soup.

Ingredients (serving for 2)

potatoes 2 (peeled)

carrot 1  (cut into thick strips)

onion 1 (cut into quarters)

1/4 head of cabbage

celery 2 stalks

bacon 5 or 6 slices


black pepper

stock 1 cup

water 2 cups

  1. Place peeled potatoes, carrot strips and onion quarters into a pot.
  2. Add in water and stock. (You can adjust water and stock according to your preference. You can even use all water or all stock). Also add in 1 pinch salt and 1 dash black pepper. Turn to high heat. Bring to boil. Turn to low heat. Lid on and simmer for 15-20 mins.
  3. Put celery strips, bacon slices and cabbage into the pot. Same procedure. Bring to boil with high heat and simmer with low heat for 25 mins.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.


It can be served with baguette or any bread you like.

Even though no sugar is added to this soup, it still tastes a bit sweet. I cooked this soup on my husband’s birthday. And served it with garlic bread. He really loved it.