Bean Sprouts Soup with Meatballs

A very popular tomato meatball soup in my family passed by older generations–tomato bean sprouts and meatball soup.

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People in Sichuan loves to use tomato and bean sprouts as the basic ingredients for a vegetable stock. We add wonton, beef slices, pork slices and meatballs. Tomato gives a mild sweet and sour taste while bean sprouts bring enough freshness. When combined with the fat released by meatballs, this soup should be one of the best soups in Chinese cuisine even with very basic ingredients. Besides tomatoes, dried seaweed (紫菜) is also a great option especially for wonton soups. I matched this meatball soup with scallion pancakes.

Ingredients

Pork mixture

  • 250g minced pork (at least 30% fat)
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch (optional)

Soup Base

  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tomato, cut half of the tomato into small diced and the other half into wedges
  • 150g bean sprouts, remove the roots
  • 1 thumb ginger, smashed
  • salt to taste (recommend 2 tsp.)

Firstly, soak ginger and green onion with around 1/2 cup of hot water. Wait for 20 minutes until it cooled down.We do not include chopped ginger and green onion in the meatballs as they may influence the texture.

Cut your pork into large strips and place in a blender. Mix for 1 minutes. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce and egg. Then drain 1/3 of the scallion and ginger water in. Mix for another 1 to 2 minutes.  Then repeat the process and add the remaining 1/3 water. Make sure all of the water is completely absorbed.

Place 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and the last 1/3 ginger and scallion water.

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Blend until the meat turns pink and fluffy.

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Prepare the soup base

Fry the 1/2 of the tomato until soft. And add enough water and 1/3 of the bean sprouts.

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Scoop the meatballs and place in the soup base.

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When the meatballs float on the surface, continue cook for another  2 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve hot. The meatballs come out very juicy and tender with a slightly touch of sour and sweet taste. I highly commend trying at least once in cold winter days.bean sprouts soup | chinasichuanfood.com

Bean Sprouts with Meatballs

A super easy homestyle tomato meatball soup, extremely popular in China especially Szechuan area.

Course:

Soup

Cuisine:

Chinese

Keyword:

Minced Meat, tomato

Servings: 4

Calories: 283 kcal

Author: Elaine

Ingredients

pork mixture

  • 250
    g
    pork
    , at least 30% fat
  • 2
    green onions
  • 1
    thumb ginger
  • 1/2
    cup
    of hot water
  • pinch
    of salt
  • 1
    egg
  • 1/4
    tsp.
    black pepper
  • 1
    tbsp.
    light soy sauce
  • 2
    tbsp.
    cornstarch
    optional

Soup Base

  • 2
    tbsp.
    of cooking oil
  • 1
    tomato
    , cut half of the tomato into small diced and the other half into wedges
  • 150g
    bean sprouts
    , remove the roots
  • 1
    thumb ginger
  • Salt to taste
    , (around 2 tsp)
  • 3
    L
    water

Instructions

  1. Firstly, soak ginger and green onion with around 1/2 cup of hot water. Wait for 20 minutes until it cooled down.

  2. Cut your pork into large strips and place in a blender. Mix for 1 minutes. Add salt, pepper, soy sauce and egg. Then drain 1/3 of the scallion and ginger water in. Mix for another 1 to 2 minutes. Then repeat the process and add the remaining 1/3 water. Make sure all of the water is completely absorbed.

  3. Place 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and the last 1/3 ginger and scallion water.Blend until the meat turns pink and fluffy.

Soup Base

  1. Fry the 1/2 of the tomato until soft. And add enough water and 1/3 of the bean sprouts. Add smashed ginger and simmer for at least 25 minutes after boils.

  2. Place the remaining bean sprouts in and scoop the meatballs too. When the meatballs float on the surface, continue cook for another 2 minutes. Add salt to taste and serve hot. The meatballs come out very juicy and tender with a slightly touch of sour and sweet taste. I highly commend trying at least once in cold winter days.

  3. Add salt to taste and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

Bean Sprouts with Meatballs

Amount Per Serving

Calories 283
Calories from Fat 198

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 22g
34%

Saturated Fat 5g
25%

Cholesterol 100mg
33%

Sodium 752mg
31%

Potassium 296mg
8%

Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%

Sugars 1g

Protein 13g
26%

Vitamin A
6.3%

Vitamin C
9.3%

Calcium
2%

Iron
6.6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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