Cook the best soups from Beijing and impress your friends

Peking soups are among the most popular in the world thanks to their balanced taste.

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy them!

We bring you 5 great recipes both with and without meat.

Have you tried them yet?

Real Peking soup

This soup is one of the most famous and popular soups not only in China, but all over the world.


  • 4 Chinese shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 cups of broth
  • 1 small can of bamboo shoots
  • 3 teaspoons of vinegar
  • 3 spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame
  • 3 spring onions


  1. Pour the broth into the pot. Cut the mushrooms into thin strips and add to the broth.
  2. Cook on low heat for 8 minutes, add bamboo shoots and cook for another 4 minutes.
  3. Mix soy sauce and vinegar in a bowl and stir into the soup.
  4. Then we mix the cornstarch with a little water and pour it into the soup. Stir until the soup begins to thicken.
  5. Finally, add a beaten egg to the soup. Served with spring onions and sesame seeds.
Chinese soup with egg in a white bowl.

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Spicy vegetarian soup

This meatless version of Peking soup will blow your mind. It is not only very simple, but also very tasty.


  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 small can of bamboo shoots
  • 1 small can of water chestnuts (available at Asian grocers)
  • 2 spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • ½ cup shallots
  • pepper


  1. Pour the vegetable broth into the pot.
  2. Add chopped mushrooms, bamboo shoots, chestnuts, soy sauce, chili, vinegar, pressed garlic to it.
  3. We cook for 20 minutes.
  4. Add chopped shallots and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. Depending on the taste, we can add more chili, vinegar or soy sauce and we can serve.
Vegetarian Chinese soup with mushrooms in a blue bowl.

Sweet and sour Peking soup

This pork soup is a perfect combination of sweet and sour taste. Try it and see for yourself!


  • 30 g of dried Chinese mushrooms
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 12 cups of broth
  • 250 g of lean pork
  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cup bamboo shoots
  • 1 tablespoon of chili paste – you can add or subtract according to taste
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 spoon of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch


  1. Cook the mushrooms according to the instructions, cut into thin strips and set aside.
  2. Pour the broth into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add chopped spring onions, pressed garlic, onion and cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry the diced pork until soft.
  4. Add ginger, bamboo shoots, chili paste, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar to the pan.
  5. Mix the mixture well and pour it into the broth. Then add mushrooms, starch mixed in water and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the beaten eggs while stirring constantly. Serve garnished with spring onions.
Soup with pork and mushrooms.

Peking style chicken soup

Lovers of chicken meat and exotic flavors will find themselves in this excellent soup.


  • 250 g of chicken breast
  • 100 g of fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 0.5 l of chicken broth
  • 150 g of bamboo shoots
  • chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 100 g of mung bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 spoon of sugar
  • 5 spoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch


  1. Put the chicken breasts in the broth, bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the vegetables. Allow the bamboo shoots to drain. Finely chop the onion, carrot and mushroom.
  3. Remove the meat from the pot and cut it into cubes and return it to the pot.
  4. Add tomato paste, sugar and vinegar to the broth.
  5. Pour oil into the pan and fry the onion and chili in it.
  6. As soon as the onion has a golden color, add it to the pot with the soup.
  7. Add carrots, mushrooms, babmus sprouts and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Season with soy sauce, add cornstarch mixed in water and stir until the soup begins to thicken.
  9. Serve the soup garnished with spring onions.
Chicken Chinese soup with mushrooms in a Chinese bowl.

Beef soup with noodles

Thanks to the spices, this soup will make your whole apartment smell wonderful, and thanks to the noodles, it will also fill you up. Try her out.

  • 500 g of beef
  • 5 star anise
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves of garlic, cut in half
  • 5 slices of ginger
  • 5 spoons of soy sauce
  • 2 carrots
  • 300 g of egg noodles
  • ½ bunch of fresh coriander


  1. Cut the beef into cubes, put it in a pot and cover it with cold water.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, cinnamon, anise, cloves and slowly bring to a boil.
  3. Cook on low heat for 1 hour.
  4. In the meantime, cook the noodles according to the instructions and set aside.
  5. After an hour of cooking, add chopped carrots to the pot and cook for 8 minutes.
  6. Season with soy sauce and serve with noodles with fresh coriander.
Beef broth with noodles and coriander in a white plate.

What are Chinese mushrooms and how are they used?

You must have noticed that almost all recipes use Chinese mushrooms. Here is the most important information about them:

  • Among the most widespread types of Asian mushrooms are shiitake, enoki or Judas’s ear.
  • They have their origin mainly in Japan and China, from where they have spread all over the world.
  • Today, you can usually find these mushrooms in a larger supermarket or in Asian food stores.
  • If you can’t find fresh mushrooms, you can also buy them dried, when their volume doubles almost twice and then you can further prepare them as fresh mushrooms.
  • They also have many health benefits, such as improving immunity and preventing cancer.
  • They also have many vitamins and minerals and therefore should not be missing from your diet.

Peking soups are a great way to use these mushrooms. Which of them interested you the most? Tell us in the comments.

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