Chinese Soup with Cellophane Noodles and Fluffy Light Chicken Meatballs

Chinese Soup with Cellophane Noodles and Fluffy Light Chicken Meatballs

This hearty soup packed with chicken meatballs can be served as a main dish♪ If you add some zha cai it will become even more delicious and packed with umami, so please be sure to include it.


The cooking liquid from making chicken meatballs (Recipe ID: 256745)
800 ml
Chicken meatballs (optional)
as many as you like
King oyster mushroom
4 cm
Cooked bamboo shoots in water (canned or vacuum packed)
30 g
Dried wood ear mushrooms
a small amount
Zha cai (Chinese pickles)
20 g
Cellophane noodles (dried)
to taste
Pea shoots
to taste
1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon
a small amount
Sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon


1. Have the soup that results from making chicken meatballs ready (Recipe ID: 2569745).
2. You an make a delicious soup with the poaching liquid from boiled chicken too (Recipe ID: 2564923).
3. Strain the soup through paper towels. If there isn't enough soup, augment it with water. If the soup doesn't have enough flavor, add a little soup stock granules.
4. Rehydrate the wood ear mushrooms by soaking them in water, and cut into 2-3 pieces each. Cut the carrot and king oyster mushroom into sticks. Slice the bamboo shoot thinly. De-salt the zha cai for a short time and then julienne.
5. Simmer the cut up vegetables in the soup.
6. Season with sake, salt and pepper. Add the chicken meatballs and cellophane noodles.
7. I used these noodles this time. They don't have to be pre-soaked to rehydrate and can just be added to soups.
8. Add a little sesame oil and some pea shoots that have been cut into 3 cm pieces, and the soup is done.
9. You only need a small amount of pea shoots as garnish. I cut the roots off a pack I'd bought previously and put them in water to grow more shoots. I used these shoots in the soup this time.
10. You can omit the chicken meatballs, and the soup will still be great. Add lots of mushrooms and vegetables.
11. For light and fluffy egg drop soup (Recipe ID: 2564974).
12. The meatball-soup can be used to make Chinese style rice (Recipe ID: 2564977).

Story Behind this Recipe

This soup is a by-product of my chicken meatballs! Sometimes I make the chicken meatballs just because I want to have the delicious soup.