Let me show you a couple of basic cooking techniques that if you master, you will find Chinese soup making a breeze.
1. Double Boil
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Have you eaten bird's nest soup 燕窝汤 (yan wo tang) or Buddha jumps over the wall 佛跳墙 (fo tiao qiang)? These 2 soups are prepared using the double boiling technique. You can try this with a ceramic double boiling jar or an electric stew pot.
2. Egg Drop
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I noticed that kids love egg drop soups. They are great for the elderly too. Adding egg is a good way to enhance the nutritional value of a soup. It is tasty too. I'll show you a few ways that eggs can be added to soups.
You know those little bowls of soup of the day served as starters at many Chinese restaurants? The good ones are usually bursting with flavour. These are often made by simmering the ingredients in a huge pot. Simmering is also the main technique for making herbal soups.
Westlake beef soup. Photo by stu spivack
The popular Chinese hot and sour soup is almost always a thickened soup. Learn how to thicken soup with cornstarch, arrowroot, potato starch and white rice.
Soups are steamed because soup ingredients are usually delicate and do not stand up to boiling.
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I hope this article on 7 key Chinese soup making techniques demystified the topic slightly.