Recipe by Tao,RN
"On Lunar Chinese New Year, we usually like to have meatballs or sweet dumplings. Ball in Chinese is 'wan,' sweet dumpling in Chinese is 'tang yuan.' Their shapes are both round. So we use a meatball dish and/or sweet dumpling dish to emphasize the Chinese expression 'He Jia Tuan Yuan.' 'He Jia' means the whole family. 'Tuan Yuan' means 'all be together' ('yuan' also means circle, round as well, which connects with the shape of the meatballs and the sweet dumplings). This tofu ball dish is easy to make, and it is a great soup for your Lunar New Year meal."
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1 (14 ounce) package
chicken bouillon granules
fresh pea vine shoots, trimmed
chicken bouillon granules
An excellent and easy meal. The only complaint I have is that it is that the flavors are a bit subdued for me. Its not really a complaint though as the soup is supposed to be simple. I would add some miso paste and garlic to the tofu balls as well as put some ginger and lemon grass in the broth. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use it as a base to do whatever you like! Its my new standby.
we are foreigners living in China, i made this soup for some local Chinese friends tonight and they loved it! My toddler son also love it - and he is very picky. i left out the shrimp only b/c i forgot to buy them. thanks for the recipe Tao!
Wow!! This very good. I had to use spinach because I couldn't find pea fine shoots, and I didn't add the shrimp because I'm not a big fan of them, but my family told me next time I should put the shrimp in. I really enjoyed making this, very tasty :)
Very simple, filling, and soothing soup. If you want to add anything to spice it up, I would recommend using something like a ground white pepper to give it a kick. Or even to simmer with a 2 to 3 thin slices of ginger. I agree with the other poster that this is a very easy recipe to tweak by adding things like different veggies and such. (Mmmmm, mushrooms!) Chinese cuisine has flavors that range from subtle to loud. There is not one fixed note.
I'm going to make the comment here that miso paste, lemongrass, etc are not Chinese ingredients. Miso is traditionally Japanese, and lemongrass is a staple in Southeast Asian countries. Both would probably make delicious variations as this is a simple soup, but just wanted to put this out there in case anyone reading is searching for authenticity.
Good soup. I had a little bit of trouble with making the balls so most of them ended up as "lumps". My family and I weren't sure if you were supposed to eat the dried shrimp or not so we didn't. Next time I think I'd rather add a few small fresh shrimp so I know what to do with them.
So good! It's a very light soup - it would appeal to people who are afraid to try new things. The dumplings almost taste sweet. The mixture looked a bit wet and I was afraid they would dissolve into the simmering water, but they did not, and seemed to cook up very firm in about 10 minutes. I didn't have soft tofu, so I used shelf-stable Mori-Nu Firm silken tofu with 6 oz ground pork and 5 TBLs cornstarch. You may want a little more broth.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
He Jia Tuan Yuan (Tofu Ball Soup for Lunar Chinese New Year)
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 137
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