Jiangyou Yuanzitang- Soy Sauce Meatball Soup

This is a wonderful, simple soup. Often shark fin is used in place of bean thread noodles. According to our instructor, the two are completely indistinguishable. If you want to eat shark fin, the only way to be sure is to find a trustworthy source.

  • Minced pork- 70/30 (250 g)
  • Egg (1)
  • Seasonal leafy vegetables (100 g)
  • Tomato (1)
  • Mushrooms (small handful)
  • Salt (8 g)*
  • Ginger (5 g)
  • Wet starch (40 g)*
  • Scallions (10 g)
  • Sesame oil (5 g)*
  • Gourmet powder (5 g)*
  • White pepper, ground (2 g)*
  • Stock (1 kg)
  • Soy sauce (3 g)
  • Bean thread or rice noodles

*Amounts are approximate.


  1. Peel ginger and mince into very small grains.
  2. Split scallion in half lengthwise and chop into small pieces.
  3. Parboil tomato. Peel and cut into eighths.
  4. Meatballs:
    1. Remince pork to a fine consistency.
    2. Add a small amount of water and ginger to pork. Stir well.
    3. Add egg and stir mixture with chopsticks until it is very stick and stringy when stretched between the chopsticks. (The mixture needs to be stirred for quite a while to reach this stage.) Add a little more water.
    4. Add salt, gourmet powder and white pepper. Stir well.
    5. Add a little starch (about 1.5 t). Stir well adding more water if needed.
    6. Form mixture into balls. (If possible, cook and taste one meatball first and season as needed before forming remaining balls.)


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a gentle boil.
  2. Simmer meatballs until they are firm to the touch.
  3. Strain meatballs and place in serving bowls. Remove any scum and reserve broth.
  4. Add tomato, a little soy for color, salt, gourmet powder, cooking wine and white pepper to broth. Taste and adjust as necessary.
  5. Bring broth to a boil. When boiling, add leafy vegetables and mushrooms.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour sesame oil over meatballs and sprinkle with scallions. Ladle vegetables and broth over meatballs and serve.

Dish checklist:

  • Is the dish salty?
  • Are the meatballs tender but firm?


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