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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Black Bean Cuttlefish Soup

Submitted by on July 10, 2009 – 7:41 am11 Comments | 23,627 views

Soup Name: Black Bean Cuttlefish Soup

Traditional Chinese Name: 黑豆墨鱼湯 (hēi dōu mò yú tāng) 


This recipe creates a simple, healthy and delicious soup that is quick and easy to make.   The black beans are nutrituous and filling and the pork bones and cuttlefish provide a delicious broth base.   Due to the simple ingredients used, this soup is suitable for children.

What Ingredients are required?

1 pound fresh pork bones
1 cup of black beans
1 dried cuttlefish
10 red dates
2 – 3 L of water

How do I prepare it?

  1. Blanch the pork bones in a separate pot of water
  2. Wash and soak the cuttlefish and red dates
  3. Boil your soup water
  4. Once the water is boiling, put all ingredients into the soup
  5. Boil on high heat for 30 minutes
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for another 1 or 2 hours (it is best eaten when the pork meat is tender and falling off the bones)
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 Any benefits?

  • Ideal for children and toddlers  (my daughter loves eating the black beans)
  • It is nutritious and simple to make.  If you eat the black beans, it can be very filling and high in fiber.

Any precautions?

  • People who are allergic to shellfish may be allergic to cuttlefish
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  • candy says:

    can pregnant woman eat as well?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Candy,

    Yes, it’s a warm soup so safe for pregnant woman to consume. Hope it helps. Lisa

  • Ivylock says:

    Can add carrot to black bean soup?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Ivylock, yup, you can add carrots to this soup. Carrots are pretty neutral in general and are ideal for most soups. Enjoy! Lisa

  • sillyzin says:

    Can toddler below 2yrs take this soup?

  • LadyTong says:

    Absolutely! Most soups they can drink by the age of 1.5, if they like it 🙂 I tend to follow the guides of food from the American Pediatric Groups. Lisa

  • hapi says:

    Your soup recipes are very yummy. I am using each recipe for my wkly soup base for my 1 yr old grandson.
    Thanks so much and pls do share more of your new recipes.

  • Sheryl says:

    Can I add peanuts to this soup?

  • LadyTong says:

    Dear Sheyl, yes, you can add peanuts. In general, peanuts can be added to most soups I find. It’s a pretty staple Chinese ingredient. Lisa

  • Iris says:

    Can I replace other ingredient for cuttlefish?

  • Made these last night. These are, by far, the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten. Any time I make a new recipe I give it a ‘Star’ rating (out of 5 stars) and I very rarely find a recipe that has 5 stars. This one is a 6!! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

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