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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.

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Spinach Fish Ball Soup Ingredients

  • 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.

Spinach Fish Ball Soup Anchovy Soup Pouch
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.

Spinach Fish Ball Soup Anchovy Soup Powder
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.


Spinach Fish Ball Soup (Step-by-Step Photos)

Spinach Fish Ball Soup (Step-by-Step Photos)
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.

Spinach Fish Ball Soup (Step-by-Step Photos)

Spinach Fish Ball Soup (Step-by-Step Photos)
Add fish balls and spinach leaves.

Spinach Fish Ball Soup (Step-by-Step Photos)

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.

Spinach Fish Ball Soup Recipe
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. 

3 comments on “Spinach Fish Ball Soup”

  1. The soup look so clear, yet so flavourful and tasty.

  2. Nice comforting homey spinach fish ball soup :)
    Like how your use anchovy pouch and soup powder in the soups – so convenient! Are they expensive? I remember seeing the anchovy pouches but not the soup powder. The anchovy pouches are not cheap , that is why I did not buy to try.

    • Yes the anchovy pouches are not cheap …I would say quite expensive at $7.90 for 5 pouches (but I think still ok if not using very frequently) … laziness wins frugality :p
      The powder is more affordable (and the taste is richer) … many powder sachets for about $6+ I think

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