Spinach Fish Ball Soup
This spinach fish ball soup is a simple and healthy Chinese soup. The ingredients are cheap and simple. As life gets busy, I love (and can only make) quick-cooking soups like this. To me, my favourite aspect of this homely dish is the soup – I try to keep it pure and without MSG, so I used an all-natural anchovy (ikan bills) soup pouch that requires only 10 minutes of simmering. It doesn’t matter that the soup has a lighter taste than “outside food”. I enjoyed the refreshing, light and natural taste of the soup that has the home-cooked feels.
More Local Spinach Recipes:
- Spinach, Pork & Century Egg Soup
- Chinese Spinach Macaroni Soup
- Spinach Pork Porridge
- Spinach Egg Drop Soup
- Chinese Red Spinach Soup
- Local spinach – use either round or sharp spinach, as determined by the shape of the leaves. Separate the spinach into leaves and stems.
- Fish balls – Use fresh fish balls from the supermarket or wet market.
- Aromatics – small amount of onion, garlic and ginger.
- Carrot to sweeten the soup.
- Anchovy (ikan bilis) in a soup stock as the natural soup base.
I recently found this anchovy soup pouch at a Korean supermarket. It is really convenient because it is ready-to-use. But you can use your own anchovies (head and gut removed) and place them in a disposable soup pouch.
I also bought these natural anchovy powder which is less pricey than the anchovy pouches – I’ll try them next time. You can use anything in your pantry for the soup base – soup bouillon cubes, soup powder, tetra-pak chicken soup in your pantry.
Place the spinach stems, onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, anchovy pouch and water into a soup pouch. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add fish balls and spinach leaves.
Simmer for another 5 minutes or until the spinach is softened to your liking. Season to taste with a pinch of salt and/or light soy sauce if needed.
Ladle to serving bowls and enjoy. The spinach fish ball soup goes well with rice. You can also add cooked macaroni or noodles to make it a one dish meal, or eat it on its own as a low-carb meal.