Saturday, April 28, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Chinese Tomato Soup

In the Netherlands the Chinese restaurants always serve a typical tasting sweet tomato soup and I love the taste of it! So when I saw this recipe for the soup, I knew I must try it. Zeronic made it during the weekend of the read-a-thon as an easy dinner and we had the leftovers for lunch next day. It was a really nice soup, thogh not totally the same. This might be due to the fact that I replaced the chicken broth for vegetable broth because I don't eat meat. (and this makes me worry that I ate a soup based on chicken broth in these restaurants all those years without me knowing...) I got the recipe from a Dutch site that is called Yummy in my Tummy and I will translate my adjusted version below for you :)

Chinese Tomato Soup (serves 6)
- 2l vegetable broth
- 1 leek
- 200 gr tomato frito
- 0.5 tsp gingerpowder
- 1 tbsp sweet ketjap (Sweet Indonesian soy sauce)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp apple sauce
- 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp ve-tsin (available in toko)
- salt and pepper to taste

Halve the leek and cut into rings, wash the leek. While bringing your stock to a boil, mix in a bowl the tomato frito with applesauce, ketjap, sugar tomato ketchup, ginger, salt and pepper. Add this to the broth while stirring. Mix the cornstarch with 3 tbsp of water and then add it to the pan. Bring the soup to a boil once more, add the leek and set the fire on low. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes with a lid on the pan. Add the ve-tsin and taste the soup. You can add some more salt, pepper, ketjap, applesauce or ketchup to taste.

This post is part of Weekend Cooking. Please check it out! There are always a lot of yummy recipes shared during the weekend :)


  1. Thanks for the recipe. I love the Chinese tomato soup that you get in restaurants. I never knew really how to make it (like you) so this is a great recipe to try out!

  2. Love the owl cup!

    It's true that they often don't consider chicken 'meat' in Chinese restaurants (because it's fowl, something different just like fish is) so it may be worth to check next time if you want to bee sure.

    Also, Chinese tomato soup often has omelet and bean sprouts, doesn't it?

    Another tip is to add some caramelized sugar to to soup: I know that's what makes foe yong hi sauce taste authentic!

  3. Instead of the apple-sauce and tomato ketchup try some ginger syrup! That will make it more like at the restaurants! But, true, a lot of the flavor also comes from the chicken. Which reminds me, I still have to post my recipe for 'Chinese tomatosoup', dutch style that is =') You can also omit the ve-tsin, this is very bad for you (It's the MCG) and it's just to replace salt. It also has a side-effect of making you hungry again soon =P

  4. Sounds great. My next Food on Friday will be on Asian cooking and ingredients. Maybe you could stop by and link this post.

  5. I am going to have to try that - I love tomato soup. there is a restaurant up north that has a wonderful soup with big chunks of tomato in it - I insist we stop whenever we are in the area.

  6. I love tomatoes, in many forms, but not tomato soup for some reason. I go agree that cup is so cute though.

  7. I never heard of Chinese tomato soup! I am going to try this! They do not serve it at any of the Chinese places I have been to in the US.

    At Chinese places here they have egg drop soup and won ton soup...

  8. Never seen Chinese Tomato soup in any of our restaurants. Looks yummy!

  9. The chinese tomato soup you can get at the restaurants is always my favourite, I need to try this out!!

  10. There isn't much tomato used in the cooking of our local Chinese restaurants. This sounds like an interesting way to make tomato soup though.

  11. I'm with Marg, I don't see many tomatoes in the Chinese restaurants in my area. The soup sounds good though.

  12. Na de soep minstens 3 keer gemaakt te hebben, heb ik eindelijk er eens een blogpost over gemaakt :)
    Ik heb jouw blog er ook op genoemd, je kunt hem hier vinden