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“Nutritious mixed soup you can have as dinner by its own, prepared in minutes”

Many of my friends told me that they like to have soup as quick dinner especially over weekdays. To save time, and loose weight (eye-rolling), some of them cooked instant mushroom soup. How about having Chinese-style mushrooms soup this time? I boiled this soup for dinner especially when I need something light and filling. This helps to clear my body system, in a way.

Ingredients
4 leafs of Chinese cabbage, cut into 1″ to 2″ thick
½ cup of minced pork meat (about 150 gram)
2 fish cakes, thick sliced

3 dried chinese shitake mushroom, soaked and diced (to mix with minced meat)
½ cup of whole button mushroom
1 packet of fresh enoki mushroom aka golden needle mushroom (chinese translation: 金针菇) (about 100 gram), cut off the root part.
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 thin slice of ginger
1 teaspoon of Hua Diao Wine (花雕酒)
Pinch of ground white pepper (or use liberally, if desired)

1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 pot of water(about 5 cups of water or 1000ml)

Seasoning (for minced meat):
1 teaspoon of Hua Diao Wine
Sprinkles of sesame oil
Sprinkles of salt and pepper
1 tablespoon of cornstarch

Method
1) Mix diced chinese shitake mushrooms in minced meat. Season the mixture with Hua Diao wine, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Drizzle cornstarch, and mix well. Shape minced meat into small balls using serving spoon. Set aside.

2) Heat up a pot with sesame oil. Add chopped garlic. Stir fry till golden browned, quickly add in water. Bring the water to boil over high heat.

3) Reduce to medium heat. Put in minced meat balls, Chinese cabbages, fish cakes, mushrooms and ginger. Bring all ingredients to a boil again. Stir in pepper.

4) Reduce heat to low fire, simmer for 10 min. Drizzle some Hua Diao Wine to the soup before heat off. Serve hot.

This soup counts about 160kcal per big bowl.

A balance diet where meat, fish(cakes), vegetable and mushrooms found in this soup. If you wish to add carrot (slices) for even more colours of nutrition, expect extra 5 – 10 min boiling time to completely soften the carrots.

As for my girl, I added some bee hoon aka rice vermicelli into the soup. Yummy!

Tips: If you like more aromatic minced meat balls, sauté meat balls, until lightly browned. To weight controller, better skip this step.