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Monday, December 20, 2010

Chicken Broth with Beef Balls:

In an Asian family, having 3 course meal and a soup for a family of four is considered fortunate. I try to cook different kind of soup for my family daily. Chinese believes certain soup has a therapeutic effect and can cure illness. A traditional Chinese soup   made from different herds can have a special purpose. For example; soup made from bitter melon is good for the skin, carrots in soup are best for digestive system and tomatoes has one of the highest glutamic acid and is best for bacterial prevention and also loaded with Vitamin C. I truly believe the curing miracle in soup and like to provide soup for my family as much as possible.
The soup for tonight is a clear chicken broth with beef ball. It’s a combination of carrots, tomatoes and potatoes with beef balls. I used turkey necks as the base which I found it’s the best bones for soup. The tomatoes bring out a bit of citrus and the potatoes release the starchy texture in the soup. This soup gives a combination of a sweet from the carrots and a tiny citrus from the tomatoes. It’s just delicious!
This is so simple and easy to make. It only takes about 30 minutes and the soup is ready. I usually cook my soup first and then prepare for the rest of the meal. By the time all my other dishes are cooked, the soup is also ready. Soup is one dish that my family never lacked of. It’s an s important as my rice.
·         2 tomatoes
·         2 potatoes.
·         3 carrots
·         5 instant beef balls (you can get this in a Chinese supermarket or locate Chinatown)
·         3 scallions green onion
·         1 pack/tray of turkey necks (usually contain 3 necks)
·         1 pinch salt
·         1 tablespoon of chicken instant powder
·         1 teaspoon of fish sauce
·         1 pinch of black pepper

Bring the turkey necks to boil in a pot of water. Place all the vegetables in the pot and cook it for 30 minutes. The green onions added at the end.


  1. I love to read history behind the meal, and you always manage to do that! wonderful story and recipe! Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks Sandra! I am glad you like it. :-)

  3. I am the other way around. my house is always lack of soup, lol. I am not crazy about soup myself, but yours do look so delicious and makes me wanting to try a sip :o)

  4. Thanks Cabio! Whenever you have the time, do try to make some.
    They are good for you. :-}