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4 Simple Chinese Baby Soups

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Chinese baby soups are not as common but they are a good way to introduce more liquid to babies. Try these if your baby do not like to drink water.

A good friend in Paris was looking for recipes of baby soups for her son when she discovered my website. It was really quite amazing because I didn't tell her that I have a website on Chinese soups. She had to email me to confirm that this website is mine. We had a good laugh.

She got me thinking that there are bound to be other Chinese mothers living abroad who wants to prepare some Chinese soups for their young children. I should compile some soup recipes just for children.

I am not an expert at making baby food because I do not have a child myself. So if you think I am wrong with the use of some ingredients or cooking methods, let me know and I'll rectify it. Having said that, cultural differences do play a part in how baby food are prepared. If you are going to disagree, do so gently and constructively. Thank you!

Chinese babies are usually weaned with congee, a porridge made with white rice. Rice porridge is a wonderful carrier as it is very gentle on and soothing for the digestive system. Click here for a collection of congee recipes for babies.

Baby soups are not as common but they are a good way to introduce more liquid to babies. Try these if your baby do not like to drink water. 

Tofu

Silken tofu is delicate and soft. There is no need to boil and cook till it softens. It is packed with soy bean proteins. It is also easily digestible. Many Chinese mothers believe that tofu is good for the baby's skin.

1. Baby soup with tomato and tofu

This recipe has tomato and the skin must be removed because it is difficult to digest. This dish can ease a child's bloatedness and increase appetite.

Ingredients

  • 1 tomato
  • 20g silken tofu
  • 100cc soup stock

Directions

  1. Score the tomato skin and plunge into boiling water
  2. Remove the curled tomato skin
  3. Peel and chop the tomato
  4. Mash the tofu and tomato and add to the stock
  5. Bring the stock and mixture to a boil
  6. Remove from heat and serve

2. Baby soup with tofu, mushrooms and peas

Another tofu recipe but this time with a little ham, green peas and mushrooms. Omit the seasonings if you don’t believe a child should be introduced to them too early.

Suitable for 1 year old and above.

Ingredients

  • 2 mushrooms
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 1/2 tub of soft tofu
  • 30g green peas

Seasonings

  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixture
  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Remove the mushroom stems
  2. Cut the mushrooms, ham and tofu into small pieces
  3. Parboil the peas and then soak in cold water
  4. Boil 250cc water in a pot, add the mushrooms, soy sauce and cook till they are soft
  5. Add the tofu, ham and peas and cook for about 10 minutes
  6. Drizzle the cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup
  7. Add salt to season if necessary

Chicken and Vegetables

Chicken with vegetables is another common food pair in baby recipes. Try these 2: the first with green leafy vegetables, the second one with round cabbage.

3. Baby soup with chicken breast and green vegetable

Do try to use free range or organic chicken. Pick green leafy vegetables like bok choy or Chinese spinach.

Ingredients

  • 10g chicken breast meat
  • 15g green leafy vegetable (just the leaves)
  • 10g potato
  • 250cc water or stock

Directions

  1. Mince the chicken, marinate with salt and cornstarch
  2. Cut the green vegetable into small pieces
  3. Dice the potato and soak in cold water
  4. Bring the water to a boil
  5. Add the chicken, vegetables, and potato and cook till soft

4. Baby soup with chicken breast and cabbage

Cabbage has a lot of fibre and vitamin c. When sufficiently simmered, they are so sweet and mild.

Ingredients

  • 15g organic chicken breast
  • 10g cabbage
  • 5g carrot

Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch mixture

Directions

  1. Chop the chicken breast finely and marinate with cornstarch
  2. Wash the cabbage and carrot
  3. Julienne both cabbage and carrot finely
  4. Cook the julienned vegetable in a little water until soft and done
  5. Add the ground chicken breast and cook until done
  6. If there is not enough liquid, add some water
  7. Stir in the cornstarch mixture to thicken the soup a little

I hope you will try some of the recipes here. 

Happy Souping, Phoebe