Spinach Soup Recipe

spinach soup
Simple but most definitely nutritious.


  • 1 bunch spinach or baby spinach (heng cai in Cantonese or xian cai in Mandarin) – I prefer baby spinach coz it’s easier to prepare and more tender
  • 10 fish balls
  • 2-3 chicken breast bones
  • 250g pork ribs
  • a few dried scallops
  • a handful of dried shrimp
  • a handful of ikan bilis
  • 3 cloves garlic (keep the skin on)


  1. Place chicken bones and pork ribs in a soup pot of water (with enough water to cover the ingredients) and bring the water to a boil. Discard the water (it should be full of scum and impurities) and place the chicken bones and pork ribs in a soup bag together with the washed ikan bilis, dried shrimp and garlic.
  2. Place all the ingredients (except the spinach and fish balls) into the soup pot of water.
  3. Bring to a boil then simmer on low heat for at least two hours.
  4. In a saucepan, bring some water to boil then blanch the spinach for about 30 seconds, just to ‘clean’ the spinach (spinach is in the dirty dozen list).
  5. Add the fish balls and spinach only when about to serve as they cook really fast.

Add salt/fish sauce to taste (only after adding the fish balls as fish balls also add to the saltiness of the soup).

Recipe shared by Angeline Ng
Bio : Angeline Ng

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Angeline is a stay-home mom to two lovely children who have given her new insights to life as she now finds herself on a journey of re-discovery of the world through their little eyes. She’s a firm believer of providing home-cooked goodness for her family and blogs regularly about cooking, home-learning activities and parenting. You can find her at Simply Mommie and on Facebook.

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