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5 Best Chinese Soups for Winter


Chinese Soups provide a hearty and satisfying meal on cold winter days. They are warm and refreshing and can be made with a variety of ingredients and flavours. It is recommended that your preferred Chinese soups for winter are easy to make. Most Chinese soups for winter can be very spicy. The spices used in these dishes can help to raise the body temperature and stimulate circulation throughout the body. Spicy foods can also help clear the sinuses and help to ward off winter colds and flu. Besides, Chinese soups are rich in vitamins and minerals. Therefore, they can provide nutrition to the body during the cold winter months.

This article recommends some of the best Chinese soups for winter you should try. You can prepare these meals with little ingredients to keep your body warm and fight off colds and illness.

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1. Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup is a Chinese soup prepared with a combination of ingredients such as tofu, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, day lily buds, and eggs. Also, it often includes vinegar, chilli pepper, and garlic. As a perfect Chinese soup for winter, the amount of pepper and vinegar in this dish makes the soup sufficiently flavoured and nourishing for the cold.

What You Need:

6 dried mushrooms;
1/4 cup dried lily buds;
1 cake firm tofu
6 cups chicken stock, or 5 cups stock and 1 cup mushroom soaking liquid;
1/4 cup ground pork;
1 teaspoon salt;
2 tablespoons soy sauce;
2 tablespoons mildly sweetened rice vinegar;
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper;
1 tablespoon tapioca starch;
1/4 cup water;
1 egg white, lightly beaten;
1 green onion, minced;
A few drops of sesame oil;

Steps To Prepare Hot and Sour Soup

1.Soak the dried mushrooms in hot water for 20 minutes to soften. Give the mushrooms a little squeeze to remove excess water, and cut into thin slices. Reserve the soaking liquid if desired. Soak the dried lily buds in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain.
(2) Cut the tofu into cubes.
3.Using a large saucepan, pour the chicken stock or stock and mushroom liquid mixture to a boil. When it is boiling, add the mushrooms, lily buds, tofu, and ground pork.
4.Bring back to a boil and add the salt, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and white pepper.
5.Mix the tapioca starch and water and slowly pour it into the soup, stirring. When the soup thickens, turn off the heat.
6.Pour in the egg white and stir quickly to form thin shreds. Stir in the green onion. Drizzle with sesame oil. Give a final stir.

2. Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup is a classic Chinese soup made using chicken broth, eggs, and scallions. This healthy soup with light scoops could be your perfect Chinese soup for winter. Besides you can also find it on the menu at almost every Chinese restaurant. Note that the most challenging part of preparing Egg Drop Soup is streaming the egg into the soup.

What You Need:

4 cups chicken stock or broth;
1 teaspoon white pepper;
1/4 teaspoon salt;
1/4 teaspoon sugar;
1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry;
2 eggs, lightly beaten;
2 green onions, minced;
A few drops of sesame oil;

Steps To Prepare Egg Drop Soup

1.Bring the chicken stock or broth to a boil.
2.When boiling the broth, add white pepper, salt, sugar, and rice wine. Cook for another minute.
3.Turn off the heat and pour the eggs into the soup in a steady stream, stirring rapidly in a clockwise direction until they form thin strands.
4.Add the green onions and sesame oil. Give the soup a final stir. Serve hot

3. Wonton Soup

Wonton soup is a popular Chinese soup made with pork dumplings, vegetables, and chicken stock. It is often served as an appetizer but can also be enjoyed as a full meal.

What You Need:

Water for boiling wontons;
Wonton dumplings;
6 cups chicken stock or broth;
1/2 cup of shredded cabbage;
Salt and pepper, to taste;
1 green onion, thinly sliced;

Steps To Prepare Wonton Soup

1.Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the wonton dumplings. Make sure there is enough room for them to move about freely.
2.Boil for at least 5 minutes, until the wontons rise to the top and the filling is cooked.
3.Remove from the pot with a slotted spoon.
4.Bring the chicken stock to a boil. Add the cabbage and cook until tender.
5.Season the broth with salt and pepper.
6.Add the cooked wontons and bring the soup back to a boil.
7.Remove the pot from the heat and add the green onion. When serving, allow 6 wontons per person.

4.Chicken Corn Soup

Chicken corn soup is a classic Chinese soup for winter. It is also light and very flavorful. As the name implies, the soup is traditionally made with chicken broth, corn, eggs, and mushrooms.

What You Need:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil;
2 tablespoons minced garlic;
3 cups chicken broth;
1 teaspoon ground ginger;
2 tablespoons cornstarch;
2 tablespoons soy sauce;
2 cups cooked, diced chicken breast;
1 cup frozen corn kernels;
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley;
1/4 teaspoon white pepper;
2 tablespoons sesame oil;

Steps To Prepare Chicken Corn Soup

1.Gather the ingredients: chicken broth, corn kernels, onion, garlic, carrots, potatoes, butter, salt, and pepper.
2.Melt butter in a large pot and add onions and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes or until softened.
3.Add chicken broth, carrots, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
4.Add corn kernels and simmer for 5 minutes.
5.Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender until smooth.
6.Return soup to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.

5. Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup is a spicy and sour soup made with ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and shrimp. It is spicy, sour, and flavorful all at once. This makes it one of the "hottest" Chinese soups for winter. Tom Yum lovers often describe its refreshing taste as second to none. You honestly have to try it during the cold months.

What You Need:

2 tablespoons of Thai red curry paste;
1 tablespoon of fish sauce;
4 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth);
2 tablespoons lime juice;
2 cloves of minced garlic;
1 teaspoon of grated ginger;
½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes;
1 can of coconut milk;
2 cups of sliced mushrooms;
8 ounces of peeled shrimp;
1/2 cups of chopped cilantro;
1/2 cups of chopped scallions;
4 tablespoons of chopped Thai basil;

Steps To Prepare Tom Yum Soup

1.Gather your ingredients: Tom yum paste (or tom yum seasoning mix), chicken broth or vegetable stock, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, mushrooms, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, Thai chilli peppers, and chicken or shrimp.
2.Heat a large pot or wok over medium-high heat.
3.Add the tom yum paste and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
4.Add the chicken broth or vegetable stock, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, mushrooms, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves.
5.Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
6.Add the Thai chilli peppers and chicken or shrimp, if using an simmer for an additional 5 minutes until the chicken or shrimp is cooked.
7.Taste and adjust seasoning with more fish sauce, sugar, or lime juice if desired.
8.Serve hot with jasmine rice or noodles.


Winter is a time when we all look forward to the comfort and warmth that comes with hot soups and spicy foods. Choosing Chinese soups for winter provides an enjoyable way of staying warm during cold winter. The soups recommended in this article could promote digestion and help to increase body heat during the cold. They also offer plenty of other benefits, such as boosting our immunity and helping us maintain good overall health throughout the winter season.

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Michael Yeung
Author: Michael Yeung

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