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Crabstick Soup

On a rainy day or on a cold winter’s day who wouldn’t love to have a hot bowl of soup.. ???

I like soups a lot but, when I go to a Chinese restaurant I skip having a bowl of soup because it fills me up and I do not have space for the yummy steamed momo’s or the main course.

I have a cold and a sore throat. Being in Glasgow I can’t expect a sunny day everyday.. so the weather was perfect and so was my health for a hot bowl of soup to soothe my throat. Threw in some crabsticks and some stock and a few other Chinese ingredients and there.. my steaming hot soup was ready.

Crabstick Soup

It’s real quick and tastes very restaurant like.

Ingredients: (Serves 2) Preparation Time – 10-15 mins
Water – 300 ml
Crabsticks – 5 medium-sized, you get them in the market easily
Egg – 1 (optional)
Soya Sauce – 1 tbsp
Fish Sauce – 2 tsp
Ginger – a small piece, chopped finely
Garlic – 1 large clove, chopped finely
Green Chilli – 1 chopped finely/in rounds
Cornflour – half a tbsp
Chicken stock cube – 1
Salt to taste

Add the water to a pot. Start boiling the water. Add the chicken stock and let it dissolve in the water. Add the chopped ginger, garlic and simmer and let the flavours of the ginger/garlic infuse into the water.

After the water comes to a boil add the crabsticks and chopped green chilli. Once the crabsticks become soft loosen the threads up.

Add the soya sauce and fish sauce. Mix well. Let it simmer for about 2 minutes. Check salt. Add more if required.

Dissolve the cornflour in half a tbsp water and mix well. Make sure there are no lumps. Add this to the simmering soup and mix well. Let the soup simmer for another 4-5 minutes.

Serve hot as is.

Beat an egg well and stir in the beaten egg into the soup when the soup is ready. Turn off the heat. The egg gets cooked in the heat of the soup.
I add the egg as I love the texture the egg adds to the soup.


If your a fan of soups then do check my other soup recipe’s – Coconuty Mushroom Lemongrass soup, Potato mushroom soup, Spinach soup with potato.


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