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    Chinese Fish and Lettuce Soup

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    25 mins

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    Susiecat too's Note:

    This recipe comes from a cookbook "Three Ancient Cuisines" by Jeff Smith, know as "The Frugal Gourmet." Beautiful in its simplicity!

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    • 1/2 lb very fresh white fish, boneless fillet, sliced thin (cod or snapper work well)



    • 3 cups iceberg lettuce, sliced in long threads
    • 2 slices fresh ginger, each the size of a 25-cent piece, julienned
    • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 4 cups chicken stock (or veggie stock)
    • 1 tablespoon chinese rice wine or 1 tablespoon dry sherry



    1. 1
      Thinly slice the boneless fish and soak in the marinade.
    2. 2
      Shred the lettuce and set aside.
    3. 3
      Cook the ginger, oil and salt just until the ginger begins to brown a little bit. Add to the soup stock and bring to a heavy simmer.
    4. 4
      Just prior to serving, drain the marinade from the fish and add the fish to the soup pot, all at once, along with the lettuce and the rice wine or sherry.
    5. 5
      Bring back to a full simmer, then remove from stove.
    6. 6
      Do not overcook the soup.
    7. 7
      Add a few drops of sesame oil and pepper for garnish, and serve immediately.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 25, 2011


      Absolutely delicious! I did make a few small changes...I omitted all oils...just because I can't have any fat now...I also used black pepper and a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top. This is so good! You just can't stop eating it...I ate 2 bowls full...Yum! Next time I plan on using shrimp in place of the fish...Thanks for posting!

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    • on February 06, 2008


      This soup was so good! It was inexpensive, quick and packed with flavour. The fish really absorbed all the nuttiness of the peanut oil. Great soup!! Thanks Susiecat too!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Fish and Lettuce Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (296 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 267.9
    Calories from Fat 128
    Total Fat 14.3 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 24.8 mg
    Sodium 970.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.7 g
    Sugars 4.9 g
    Protein 22.1 g

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