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I haven’t posted a soup or anything Asian in a while, so this recipe will take care of both neglected areas.  This soup is named after West Lake in China which is apparently thick with underwater vegetation.  The appearance of the soup is supposed to mirror the look of the lake.  You can find it in some Chinese restaurants here in the United States as well, but it’s not nearly as popular as the ubiquitous egg drop or hot and sour.

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INGREDIENTS:  (you’ll notice I halved the recipe)

8 ounces ground pork (you could also use ground beef or a chopped white fish)

Kosher salt

1 Tbs. light soy sauce

2 Tbs. Shaoxing rice wine  (deciding to offend both Chinese and Japanese cultures, I used Sake)

6 cups low sodium chicken broth

5 Tbs. cornstarch

1/4 cup water

4 egg whites, lightly beaten

¼ tsp. white pepper

1¼ cups finely chopped cilantro


In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine meat with 1 teaspoon salt, soy sauce, and rice wine and set aside.

West Lake Soup 01

Combine cornstarch and water to make a slurry.

West Lake Soup 02

Combine broth and slurry in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until broth comes to a boil and thickens slightly. Reduce heat to a bare simmer.

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Add the marinated ground meat stirring to break it up as you add it (stir gently if using fish).

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When the meat or fish is just cooked (about 30 seconds for meat or 2 minutes for fish), add egg whites by drizzling them into the simmering broth and stirring the broth around slowly with a pair of chopsticks. When egg whites are solidified, about 30 seconds longer, turn off the heat.

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Add white pepper and more salt to taste. Add chopped cilantro and stir around to incorporate. Serve immediately.

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If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear the results.  You can send me an email at the address above or drop a line in the comments section.  I always am looking for feedback, questions or suggestions.

May God richly bless you this week.  Be a friend to others and cook a meal for someone you love!