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Spinach Fish Ball Soup

Spinach Fish Ball Soup

If you prefer cooked spinach that are firmer and crisper, add them only during the last 2 minutes of simmering.

Feel free to add more ingredients (prawns, fish cake, sliced mushrooms etc) to make this soup more sumptuous.

I’m using an anchovy soup stock pouch. Feel free to use any soup stock you have in the pantry – such as soup cube, granules powder, tetra-pan soup, or mushroom seasoning powder. This recipe goes well with all types of soup stock – anchovy, fish, chicken, dashi or mushroom.

Check out the ingredients and step-by-step photos on the previous page.


  • 1 packet (200-250gg) round/sharp spinach
  • 1 litre water
  • 30g anchovies (ikan bills) cleaned, rinsed and placed in a soup pouch
  • half carrot sliced thinly
  • 3 slices ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves bruised
  • 1/4 onion cut to wedges
  • 20 fish balls
  • small pinch of salt to taste
  • soy sauce 1/4 tsp at a time; to taste


  1. Prepare spinach by separating the stems from the leaves. Snap the thicker stems to 5-cm (2-inch) sections while pulling & discarding the “strings”.
  2. Make anchovy soup base. In a soup pot, add water, spinach stems, anchovies pouch, carrot, ginger and garlic. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add fish balls and the spinach leaves. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Season the soup to taste with salt & soy sauce if needed.
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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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