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Corn and Fish Maw Soup

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This fish maw soup is quite thick, very tasty, with silky smooth egg drops. It’s often made with a master soup base. For convenience, I used chicken stock. This classic Chinese soup is perfectly served for family gatherings or a banquet.

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When dining out with friends in Hong Kong, we used to have this corn fish maw soup as "soup of the day". Fish maw is recognized as one of the precious seafood in Hong Kong.

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Fish maw is a kind of dried fish bladder with rich proteins and nutrients, rich in collagen yet with no taste. Therefore, it is usually boiled in Chinese master soup (or chicken broth) and added with other seasonings.

To make this fish maw soup, it is best to use the kind of Fa Gau / 花膠 that has been popped with sand to form a crunchy white piece. Its soaking time is shorter and it's much easier to soften.

Corn and Fish Maw Soup Procedures

Corn and Fish Maw Soup Recipe

(Printable recipe)
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep time:
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Yield: 3 to 4 serves

Corn and Fish Maw Soup

  • 25 gm dried fish maw
  • 2 to 3 spring onion
  • 3 to 4 slices ginger
  • 2 cups salt-reduced chicken stock, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 can cream corn soup , about 410 gm
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • coriander, for garnish
  • 2 to 3 tsp potato starch
  • 2 Tbsp water

  1. Soak the dried fish maw until softened.
  2. Blanch the fish maw with spring onion and ginger for about 10 minutes. Drain well. Discard spring onion and ginger. Wash and clean the fish maw with tap water. Cut it into diced pieces.
  3. In a large pot, pour in the chicken stock. Bring it to a boil. Add the diced fish maw. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat. Let the fish maw take up the flavours of the chicken stock. Pour in the cream corn soup and boiling water. Bring it to a boil. Stir in the thickening. Turn off the heat. Immediately, stir in the whisked egg. Use a pair of chopsticks to make egg drops. Garnish with coriander. Serve immediately.

  • Fish maw is available at Asian grocers. 
  • The saltiness of the cream corn soup is different from brands to brands. Remember to test taste before seasonings. The power of every stove is very different. Adjust the amount of boiling water as needed.

1 comment :

  1. I haven't had fish maw in years...this looks like a really tasty soup.