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TheChineseSoupLady.com is a family project between sisters surnamed “Tong” (Lisa & Tracy).  The word Tong (湯) literally translates to the word “soup” in Cantonese.   In Hong Kong, people call us  湯 小 妹 which literally translates to “Soup Lady”.

When we were younger and trying to determine which utensils to lay out on the dinner table, we would ask our parents “Is there a soup for tonight?” and our  parents would always say, “We are all soups!”

And more often than not, dinner did include a brothy, rich, nutritious and delicious chinese-style soup along with our dinner every night.   Our parents would make sure that the soup they created suited our current needs based on the weather (winter / summer), our state of health, and also to balance the meal in terms of flavour and heatiness.

So it’s not surprising that as we grew up, moved out of our home, and were left to fend and cook for ourselves that we became interested in learning more about chinese soups, what they were good for, and how to make them ourselves.

Our soups are all natural and healthy.  We strive for ingredients from its purest form and with some time and patience, you’ve got yourselves a homemade, ready-to-serve soup.

This blog is to share our learning journey with you.

Enjoy!

Please note that all ingredients and soups are photographed by yours truly.  We also make all the soups ourselves and prep all the ingredients needed for the soups.  While we do use various references for the recipes, everything shown and explained here is done with our genuine tender loving care!

 

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  • Jason says:

    nicely done ! … will following regularly indeed ! People call you two 湯 小 妹 ?? haha I should start calling you two that as well.

  • kookyk says:

    Thank you for taking the time to do these posts. Growing up we always had soup at dinner and I never fully appreciated how much love went into cooking the right soup for the body for the different seasons and ailments. Now I am on my own and miss my mom’s delicious soups!

    I am excited to try the recipes posted. Do you have the four flavor soup recipe? It is one of my favorites.

  • Lilly says:

    I really enjoyed reading the site. I forward it to a freind who just gave birth and she follows it.

  • LadyTong says:

    Lilly, thanks so much for sharing and for the encouragement!

  • Catherine Fung says:

    Hi,

    I fully like your website. It is extrememly interesting.

  • Norm says:

    My sister just sent me this site. Wonderful job. Am trying a recipe tonight. Since mom no longer lives in the same city and my family never gets out to Chinatown, I’m left with occasionally trying to make Chinese soup from a distant memory. This helps a lot. All I have to worry about is finding enough ingredients from our Canadian supermarkets.

    Cheers.

    Norm

    P.S. Would appreciate a heading of “seasonal soups”.

  • Cindy Chang says:

    Lisa & Tracy,

    Thank you so much for sharing. This site is very well done – informative & precise. Keep up the great job.

    Cindy Chang
    Malaysia

  • Chrisy says:

    Thank you so much! As a Chinese American, I find it hard to try and cook and make soup the way my mother does. For one thing, I’m just not that talented in the kitchen, and I’m quite unfamiliar with many Chinese soup ingredients. Your website is so awesome with explanations of many ingredients and the recipes are easy to follow. Thank you once again! I love this site!

  • Crystal Koo says:

    This is a really great website for me! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience online! 🙂 Good job! Thanks again!

  • jannette says:

    Wow.. thanks for the website!
    I was wondering why my left over hairy melon soup tasted sour…and there was the information on your website!
    Thanks for the recipes and information.
    I look forward to cook more soup!

  • LuvSpicyTuna says:

    Love your website. The search option is great. I had trouble finding literature written in English about the benefits of different types of soups. This is just wonderful! Thank you!

  • Kimberly says:

    Happy Lunar New Year! Thank you for this great great website. I’m already sharing it with my friends. Keep up the good works and I’m looking forward to more yummy recipes from you.

  • Christine says:

    Really good site! love all the recipes and pictures. Looking forward to more recipes 🙂

  • Katy says:

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful site – very informative! The pictures are great along with the descriptive explanation of the ingredients. Keep up the great work!

  • Isabel says:

    I love this website and was wondering if you would consider adding or take contributions of all other soup recipes to your site? For example, our parents sometimes make soups because I have a headache or soups to increase “blood circulation”, etc. Is there a possibility of including an indication of heatiness and/or a small definition of what that means? I’ve married a non Asian but would like for my children to know that concept or have a good reference (since I am not that knowledgeable myself). I am also curious to know what part of China these recipes come from? We are of the Toi San culture and was curious to see the similarity or difference, if any, between “villages”. Lastly, I haven’t looked around yet but I was thinking of posting a similar sight like yours but for chinese home cooking! If you know of one, please let me know. Thank you ladies for a great site! Isabel

  • Brian T says:

    I just happened across your site when I googled “fish stomach”. Thankyou for your generous sharing of your soup recipes. Your site is what I’ve been looking for to make some traditional chinese soups for my family! Since I have just looked at only a couple of the pages on your site so far I know I will be coming back to check it more often now that I know it’s here. I really like how when I just click on the herb name, the picture of the herb comes up. This in itself is worth many thanks from me as I know what the herb is but I don’t know the name of it. Thanks again for your wonderful site! I will return!

  • Samson Fu says:

    Great site! Like you I’ve also been fending for myself for the past few years after leaving my family, and I’ve been craving Chinese homestyle soup for the past year. I’m slowly picking up my skills but now I’m glad to have found this site. I’m definitely coming back to get more recipes and tips. _SF

  • Laurienne says:

    I stumbled on your website, looking for Chinese soups as I am a soup fantic. Wow! I am enjoying every page and link! Thank you so much for doing such an awesome job! The best way to connect and feel Chinese:) Lols

  • Laurienne says:

    I think your website is fabulous! I love soups! Expecially Chinese Soups. Have you published a book that I can purchase with all your receipes and what the ingredients are good for? I am looking for soups in order to fall pregnant. Do you have any? Looking forward to hearing from you, Laurienne Calvert (nee Kwaan) South Africa

  • Angelica says:

    Dear Lisa & Tracy, Thank you for having this website. I found this website by accident while searching for soup recipes online. The recipes posted here has been informative and great. I live in Jakarta, Indonesia where the pollution is terrible. I was getting sick quite often. Eversince I started making some of the soups from this website where I am able to find all the ingredients, I feel my health is better (probably because am getting better nutrition now). Thanks also for posting the photos of the ingredients. I have been promoting this site to family, friends and staff. This is a really great site. Please keep up the good work. Best Rgds, Angelica

  • Alicia says:

    I just stumbled upon this wonderful site while searching for variations of the winter melon and pork soup recipe. And what a find it was!! This website is a true treasure. It’s very difficult for those of us who grew up with these delicious home-made soups to find a good reference when we’re living in a western country.
    Keep it up!

  • Sylvia Wong says:

    Hi There, Just wanted to say “Thank you” for putting this site up. This is awesome!

  • Julie says:

    Thank you for all this great information. I’m trying to recreate some of the medicinal soups of my youth for my children, and this website has been so helpful.

  • I’ve spent the past couple days browsing the internet for “soup recipes” and I must say, you all’s site is one of the best! You have a nice clean layout (with few ads!), and nice clear pictures. I have included this site’s recipes in the custom search engine I have created for soup recipes. May you continue to have success!

    -Jack Somers

  • serena says:

    Thanks for this blog! I longed to make the soups my mom use to make, but getting the ingredient list from her was difficult as she may only know the chinese names for them, and I’m usually not fluent enough to translate it. Your pictures, ingredients, and tips are very useful!

  • What a lovely blog on soups! Good job and thanks for sharing!

  • Judy says:

    Thank you for created this blog! It is so true that we get soup with every dinner! It’s absolutely a hong kong staple! I love soup!!

  • LG says:

    Hello — So happy to have discovered your blog!! Can you recommend any books to read about healing and nutrition? Warmly, loree

  • Linda says:

    Great site!!! love, love, love all the recipes. I can now make soup for my kids on a daily basis. I was kind of lost as to where to start with cooking healthy soups for my kids (ages 10m and 2y)without being too tonifying and toxic.
    You have so much knowledge in herbs, are you a TCM practitioner or a a chinese herbalist? Also, will you be adding a category for soups for the elderly? I will be very interested to see that in this blog.

    Cheers,
    Linda

  • Steve Hobbs says:

    Why not just chinesesouplady.com? I don’t like website urls that start with ‘the’, its unnecessary and a waste of motion. And it seems to be available. You could buy it and link the two together.

    Nice resource, btw.

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you for your comments. We are neither TCM practitioners or Chinese herbalists. We are simply 2 mothers who, through a journey of raising our own children, have learned and developed and documented our soups. Of course, as the children get older, the soups become more intense and more complicated as it adopts to our lifestyle. You will find many of our earlier soups are actually for young children (even babies that are already on solids). Feel free to enjoy and share our journey and appreciate your support. As for elderly, heh, that may come a bit later, but certainly many soups (if not all) they can consume. Lisa

  • Evie says:

    Hi Lisa and Tracy I am a Cantonese Canadian now living in States. I grew up drinking and appreciating cantonese-style soups. My appreciation for them grew more as I mature over the years. Thank you for doing such a good job in documenting and blogging them. By doing so you promote not only health-conscious eating but also the culture. I would encourage you ladies in taking a step forward, to publish it in both English and Cantonese (Chinese) and maybe in the future, open a soup restaurant – it’s always been my dream in opening one either in North America or China/HK. You can’t imagine how many people would benefit from and appreciate it. In fact, both my vietnamese girlfriend and american boyfriend like my cantonese-style soups so much that they kept bugging me for recipes. I was glad that I found your website and forwarded to them right away. Keep up the good job! Evie

  • Hi Lisa, Tracy,

    Just wanted to drop a note to say hi! I love the resources you both provide. Making soup has been of the older generation – so I’m so glad to see that you both are working on documenting theses recipes. And keeping the soup making tradition alive. Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers,

    Madeline

  • Jessika Larsson says:

    Dear Lisa and Tracy,

    I’m currently doing research into different types of food blogs and was wondering whether you could answer a few questions.

    1) What type of people are you hoping to attract through your blog?

    2) What inspires you to discuss a certain dish/what is it about a dish that makes it worth mentioning in your blog?

    3) How many profile views have you had?

    4) Roughly how many people regularly comment/follow your blog?

    Thank you very much for your help.

    Regards,

    Jessika Larsson

  • Twins says:

    Hello Lisa and Tracy,
    I just recently come across your site and I’m a huge fan! I’m a mother of 15 month twins and my kids love your soup receipes. Absolutely love them and keep them coming!!!

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Jessica,

    Please find a response to your questions:

    1. We tend to attract a variety of audiences, but mainly foodies who also enjoy soups and of Asian heritage who have had their grandparents or parents make soups when they were younger and wish to do the same now.

    2. Inspiration comes from all angles – it depends on the season, the condition of our health, whether we have colds or coughs or the weather is super hot, or just something we see in a magazine or book. Cooking is a relatively passionate and instant thing, so I don’t decide what to cook until that morning when I go to the market to also see what is fresh.

    3. We enjoy currently 75,000 pageviews per month with 18,000 unique visitors per month.

    4. See answer to #3 – and it is steadily growing.

    Hope this helps and thanks for your support!
    Lisa

  • Quyen says:

    OMG!!! You don’t don’t how long I’ve been searching for an english recipes with pictures!!! My friend’s mom makes these wonderful soups but I can’t get her to pass me the recipes because of the language barrier. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Do you publish a book on this?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Quyen, Thank you! We will continue to post soups and are looking to publish a book now! Will keep you posted once we do publish! Thanks again for your support! Lisa

  • Selene says:

    Dear Lisa and Tracy,

    Thank you sooo much for creating this website. I’ve always wanted to know how to make Chinese soups, but because I can barely read Chinese, most of the recipes are simply out of my reach. You helped fixed my lifelong dilemma! Now I know what the ingredients are and what the names are, I can make soup!

  • adele says:

    Many thanks for your pear, snow fungus and chicken soup. This is the first of your recipes I’ve seen. Great. Please, please do come out with a book.
    All Best wishes, Adele

  • satori says:

    I loooove this site. Please MORE recipes ?! Also, I especially like the section with pictures of Chinese herbs… would be interested to see more herbs on here as well!

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear satori, Thank you! We’re adding more regularly, so please check back! For us, having pictures is important because there are so many Chinese herbs that I have no idea what they are, how to buy them or how to use them. Thank you for your continued support! Lisa

  • Virginia says:

    thank you so much for your work on this site. it is a unique, awesome resource. I echo the many others who have just bits of knowledge from childhood, but crave the soups and lack the knowledgeto make them on my own, for my family now. very grateful

  • Madhu says:

    What an extraordinary resource!!! As a long-time adherent of chinese medicine and eager student of Chinese cooking I have long looked for exactly the sort of recipes you put up here. 888,000 thank you’s! I’m getting straight into the recipes.

  • christine says:

    I love your blog. I’m so glad I found it online. I’m a chinese ABC living in california and your source/reference is so popular for me. Since I dont read/write chinese, I come here to read the english. You should create a book for ABC chinese people in America. Thanks much!

  • Jo Teh says:

    Dear Tong Ladies,

    Thanks very much for taking the time to share these family heirlooms with us. I’m very grateful. I’ve been waiting for more than 3 years for my bookshop to bring in Karen Mok’s Dad’s Soup book but they told me “no news”. I’ll be trying your cough soup this afternoon and spreading the news of my new found wonderful website.

  • Mei Feng says:

    Dear Lady Tong,

    Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful resource for the public – I have officially bookmarked your website on my computer. =D My mother has been teaching me how to make Chinese herbal soups, which is great. But she speaks Chinese only while I can somewhat understand but not really. It’s tough not being able to read and write Chinese. Sometimes I’d go to the herbal stores in Chinatown to tried to get schooled on the various herbal and dried ingredients but more often than not the conversations with the store ladies were not helpful due to our language barrier. After stumbling upon your website by accident, I got super excited and now it is my primary resource for Chinese soup recipes. Your website is so useful to people like myself and I see that it helps to bridge the gap between immigrant parents and their Westernized children. These soups have been passed down from generations and I hope we will continue to share our cultural traditions with many generations to come! I look forward to seeing your book on the shelves!

  • YPC says:

    Stumbled upon your blog which is great because I am a newly- wed and want to make good soups for my husband. Thanks for putting effort into this website!

  • eva says:

    I am so glad I found you! My mom passed away in 2004, taking her wonderful soup recipes to her grave. I hope that I find a taste of home on your site.

  • Wendy L says:

    I am so glad I have stumbled upon this website. I have also wondered what kind of soups my mother has been making me for all these years, but I have never been able to remember all the Chinese terms. So I am glad to have found a website in English with instructions on all the ‘tongs’! Thank you!

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