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Seaweed, Tofu & Pork Mince Soup

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This seaweed, tofu & pork mince soup is very quick to make. It's simple, tasty and nourishing, suitable for serving all year round.

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Seaweed is commonly used in oriental cuisine like Japanese, Korean and Chinese. I often use the seasoned seaweed to add flavours in soup, sometimes cook soups with the unflavoured ones, that normally comes in dried sheet form.

Just soak a sheet of seaweed in water until it softens. After rinsing thoroughly, it’s ready to cook with other ingredients I like.

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When it comes to cooking this soup, I pick the kind of seaweed sheets without any seasonings, neither that one for wrapping sushi nor for decorating dishes. The one I used is different from Nori. It often comes in a round package, sold at any Asian stores.

This seaweed soup can be done in 15 minutes. It’s one of my favourite quick soups, that adds an extra boost of minerals to my meals.

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Seaweed, Tofu & Pork Mince Soup Recipe

(Printable recipe)

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time:
Cook time:
Yield: 2 to 3 serves

Seaweed Tofu Soup

  • 1 sheet seaweed (about 12 gm)
  • 2 slices tofu (about 160 gm), diced
  • 80 gm pork mince
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Spring onion, diced, optional
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger juice
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp shaoxing wine
  • a dash of vegetable oil

  1. Soak seaweed in water until softened. Rinse thoroughly and drain well.
  2. Marinate pork mince with seasoning for 15 minutes.
  3. Use a large pot, pour in chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Add seaweed and cook for 5 minutes, add pork and cook until cooked through. Add tofu. When it boils again. Turn off the heat. Season with salt. Ladle soup in individual serving bowls. Sprinkle spring onion for garnish. Enjoy!

  • You may use all chicken stock to increase the flavours of this soup. Or the other way round, use all water. I like use both in the proportion of 1:1.
  • Seaweed sheets are available at Asian grocers.


  1. I like this plain with cubed tofu and seaweed. Sometimes, I'll crack in eggs too and swirl around. My grandma used to make this often for weekday dinners at home but those were long long time ago...

  2. A very healthy dish. Now, I just remember, I have to use the seaweeds that I haven't touched for a while. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  3. This is my favorite soup. Very simple and delicious.

  4. This is my family favourite. I cook it very often cos seaweed is very good for thyroid functions. Totally agree with you that it's very easy to cook. I always use wakame seaweed.

  5. I have never tried seaweed but this looks great, thanks for sharing


  6. Seaweed and pork adds lots of flavor to this soup. I also made something similar recently but tried using another veg which adds flavor too.

  7. Such a comfort food! I still have this pretty often as it really is not that hard to make and isn't that time-consuming at all. I feel like having a sip of the soup now! Very mouth-watering!

  8. Thanks for the recipe... Brings back simple memories of home cooked food.

  9. Thank you so much, Christine! I am now working in very remote place in the Pacific and have to cook (very limited selections and almost no restaurants). I have been referring to your blog for inspiration. Thank you very much, i just made this soup today. And it was splendid! XOXO