Chinese Onion Soup Recipe

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Chinese Onion Soup Recipe

If you’re craving a simple and comforting dish to make on a cold, rainy day, then this Chinese onion soup recipe is the one. It has a very hearty broth packed with flavors from its various and distinct ingredients commonly present in Asian dishes. This Chinese broth is best to serve with crusty bread like in this easy crockpot bread recipe.

Asian cuisine boasts the use of a wide variety of spices and other condiments. Not only do these ingredients provide flavor, but they also enhance the aroma of a dish, which solidifies the idea that eating Asian dishes is a sensory experience. The same as the Japanese onion soup or clear soup commonly served in hibachi restaurants, vegetable flavors are a big factor in making this dish delicious.

This Chinese soup contains simple yet flavorful vegetables like onion, celery, carrots, mushroom, garlic, and ginger. This recipe also utilizes flavors from sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, and rice vinegar. Imagine having all these tastes playing in your mouth with just one sip! Try this 25-minute recipe now and serve it at the beginning of every meal to start your dining experience right.

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How To Make Chinese Onion Soup

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Take a flavor-packed spoonful of this Asian onion soup recipe. Serve it at the beginning of your meal, as a side dish, or as a comfort food during cold weather.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
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  • 8 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 10 oz yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz celery, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 4 oz shimeji, shiitake, or enoki mushrooms, trimmed and sliced (separated if using enoki)
  • 3 oz carrots, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • cup green onions, minced
  • soy sauce, to taste
  • rice vinegar, to taste
  • granulated sugar, to taste

To Serve:

  • 1 tsp spring onions, minced, per serving


  1. Heat up oil in a soup pot. Add all your vegetables and saute until translucent.

  2. Add chicken or vegetable broth and bring soup to a boil. Skim out any impurities.

  3. Reduce to a simmer and continue simmering until vegetables soften for roughly 15 minutes.

  4. Once the soup has reduced, add the green onions and stir to combine.

  5. Season to taste with soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar. Adjust accordingly.

  6. Serve immediately, garnished with spring onions.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What should a soup be garnished with?

Garnishes might seem like a minor thing in dishes but they actually help enhance the flavor and presentation of soups. The garnish still depends on its consistency. For thin ones like this Chinese onion soup, we suggest topping it with chives, or shredded herbs. 

Which Chinese soup is best for a cold?

Soup is generally good for people who have colds because the heat from it helps alleviate the stuffy feeling they have. So aside from this Chinese soup recipe, you can try making chicken soup, matzo ball soup, or cream of tomato soup for similar dishes that are equally delicious and comforting.



If you’re going the Asian route for your main dish, then we suggest you try this Chinese onion soup recipe as a starter. It is packed with a wide variety of flavors that make every sip satisfying.

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