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West Lake Beef Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
One of the most popular Chinese humble soup--west lake beef soup
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Beef
Servings: 3
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: Elaine
Beef treatment
  • 1 cup minced beef
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
Other ingredients
  • 1 egg white , well whisked
  • 1 thumb ginger , minced
  • 2 shitake mushrooms , chopped
  • 5 cups beef broth , unsalted
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch+ 5 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 box tender tofu , around 100g
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 small bunch of coriander , minced for garnishing
  1. Marinate minced beef with salt and cooking wine. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Bring water to boil in a pot and cook the minced beef for 2-3 minutes over high fire (this helps to remove any odd taste of the beef), transfer beef out and separated them by pressing with a scoop.
  3. In a small bowl, mix 5 tablespoons of cornstarch and 5 tablespoons of water to make water starch. Do not add cornstarch directly in the soup, otherwise you will end up with transparent cornstarch chunks instead of thick soup
  4. Load another large pot with beef broth; add beef, shiitake mushrooms, tofu and minced ginger. Bring to boil and simmer for around 10 minutes.
  5. Pour water starch in and cook for another 1 minute. Turn up the fire and drop the egg white slowly using one hand and in the mean time, stir the soup quickly with the other hand.
  6. Add ground pepper and serve with chopped coriander. Add chopped coriander and mix well before enjoying.
Recipe Notes

I do not recommend adding the coriander directly in the large bowl. If the soup is not finished within 10 minutes, you will find the coriander leaves turns dark green and lose the aroma.

Nutrition Facts
West Lake Beef Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 3879mg169%
Potassium 456mg13%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.