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Fish Maw Mushroom Soup

Submitted by on July 24, 2009 – 2:15 pmOne Comment | 28,899 views

Soup Name: Fish Maw Mushroom Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 魚鰾茶樹菇湯 (yú biào cha shu gu tang)


I have always wanted to create my own fish maw soup.   Fish maw is a popular ingredient in Chinese cooking and is known as a rich source of collagen.   Although I have eaten fish maw many times before, I had never cooked with it and so, when I came across the dried fish maw at the local grocery store, I jumped at the chance to try it.    It turned out great!  This soup is relatively easy to make and results in a delicious, earthy-flavoured broth that quenches the thirst.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound of fresh pork bones
2 pieces fish maw (whole, dried)
1 handful agrocybe aegerita mushrooms

10 grams solomon’s seal (dried) 
8 pieces dried chinese yam slices
1 palmful wolfberries (dried)
3 pieces longan (dried)
3 slices fresh ginger (optional, for winter)

2-3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Soak the fish maw pieces for at least 4 hours in room temperature water.  Once it is soft, cut into bite-sized pieces
  2. Wash and soak the solomon’s seal, chinese yam, and longan in cool water for at least one hour
  3. Blanch pork bones in a separate pot of boiling water
  4. Boil your soup water
  5. Put all ingredients into the soup
  6. Boil on high for 30 minutes.   Reduce to simmering for 2 hours (until the pork meat is soft and falling off the bones).
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • Several ingredients found in this soup are known in traditional chinese medicine for their abilities to nourish the kidneys, lungs, liver and spleen
  • This soup is an excellent source of collagen
  • During the winter, add some fresh ginger slices for a balanced winter soup to fight cold and dryness

Any precautions?

  • This soup contains several herbs so be sure to drink in moderation

One Comment »

  • anyhow-cook says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing your soup recipes. I love drinking soup although I’m not a Cantonese. I’ve tried this fish maw soup and it is delicious !

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