He Jia Tuan Yuan (Tofu Ball Soup for Lunar Chinese New Year) Recipe Reviews - Allrecipes.com (Pg. 1)
Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2010
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.
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Reviewed: Feb. 17, 2010
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!
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Reviewed: Mar. 6, 2010
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 :)
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Reviewed: Oct. 15, 2012
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.
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Reviewed: Jun. 21, 2011
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.
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