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Teochew Fish Ball Noodle Soup

Teochew Fish Ball Noodle Soup Recipe

This is a homely local delight which can be easily recreated at home with simple but wholesome short-cuts, such as an MSG-free, all-natural anchovy powder as the instant soup stock. Feel free to use any favourite noodles or local greens for this recipe.

Check out the ingredients variation (noodles, soup base and greens), ingredients as well as step-by-step photos on the previous page.


  • 75g minced pork (or chicken)
  • 900ml water
  • 10g anchovy (ikan bilis) powder
  • 16 fish balls optional; mix in pork balls for variation
  • 8 fish dumplings
  • 75g fish cake sliced thinly
  • generous handful spinach leaves or any local greens
  • 1 bundle (50g) tang hoon (glass noodles) per person soaked in a glass of water

(A) Marinade

  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Garnishes


  1. Marinate minced pork with ingredients at (A) for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Make quick anchovy broth. In a soup pot, add water and anchovy powder. Bring to a boil and season to taste.
  3. Make Teochew fish ball soup. Add fish balls, pork balls (if using), fish dumplings and fish cake slices. Cook briefly until the meat balls float to the surface. Add spinach and cook for a minute.
  4. Cook minced pork through a slotted spoon strainer, then mix in the cooked mince meat into the soup.
  5. Serve as a one dish meal. Add glass noodles to the boiling soup and cook for a few seconds. Transfer cooked noodles to a serving bowl. Ladle ingredients & hot soup over the noodles. Garnish with spring onions and lard pieces. Serve immediately with a side saucer of cut chilli.
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2 comments on “Teochew Fish Ball Noodle Soup”

  1. Those teochew fish balls look so light, tender and delicious.

  2. The soup powder base is so convenient! I need to check if the Korean supermarket carries this.

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