Chinese Lion's Head Soup

Chinese Lion's Head Soup

Soups, Stews and Chili Soup Vegetable Soup

This is my family's version of lion's head soup and for me it is the best type of comfort food! It is best served with white sticky rice, and wonderful enjoyed on a cold winter day.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 431
Preparation time: 15m
Total cooking time: 35m


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped and divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 head napa cabbage, cored and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water, or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil


  • 1   Mix the ground pork, egg, cornstarch, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, ginger, monosodium glutamate, salt, and half of the chopped green onions together in a bowl. Use your hands to mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Set aside.
  • 2   Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, fry the napa cabbage, stirring constantly, until cabbage begins to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth, water, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium.
  • 3   Use a spoon to form the meat mixture into 1 inch balls. Drop them into the boiling soup. When the last ball has been added, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste, and adjust salt before serving. Garnish with remaining green onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 34g 52%
    Saturated Fat 11.0g  
Cholesterol 130mg 43%
Sodium 991mg 40%
Potassium 649mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 7.1g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 7%
Protein 24.1g 48%
Sugars 2g  
Vitamin A 505IU  
Vitamin C 33mg  
Calcium 120mg  
Iron 2mg  
Thiamin 1mg  
Niacin 10mg  
Vitamin B6 1mg  
Magnesium 43mg  
Folate 107mcg