This is how I cooked my 10-quart pot of fish maw soup with crab meat. I was craving for fish maw soup and crab soup so I combined the two together. I stored half of the soup in the freezer and still have enough for our fancy “breakfast” for the week. You can find fish maw soups offered at authentic Chinese restaurants but with fewer ingredients.
Prep and Cook time: 1 hour+
Servings: 10-20 people
I cooked this in a 10-quart pot.
4 – 6 baked fish maws
1 lb (16 oz) crab meat*
1 lb Publix’s premium imitation crab meat*
1 cup dried premium sliced shiitake mushrooms
6 eggs* (whole eggs or 1 cup of egg whites only)
1 bunch of asparagus*
5 shallots (1/2 cup)
1 bunch scallion
1 bunch cilantro
2.5-3 lb pork bones
3 + 5 quarts water
1 14 oz. can or about 1.5 cup chicken broth (optional)
2 cups of “Super Sweet Corn” (optional)
1/2 cup dried black fungus (optional)
2 Tbsp salt+
3.5 Tbsp sugar+
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1.5 cup corn starch + 2 cup reserved pork bone broth
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
*Notes: I would substitute the Publix’s imitation crab meat with meat of snow crab legs for special occasions. I don’t recommend buying the nasty, cheap imported imitation crab meat that tasted like plain soy sticks at the Asian markets. As for crab meat, the markets sell claw meat, mixed claw with white lump crab meat, or lump crab meat. Prices are from $10 to $30 for about a pound. I recommend using lump crab meat (most expensive) because it taste much better. I don’t recommend using the claw meat only because it will turn the broth a dark color and gives a strong “mui tanh” or fishy smell. I used a can with both claw and lump crab meat. This Vietnamese-style fish maw soup is made using pork bone broth most of the time.
This is our first time being able to harvest our homegrown scallions.
4. Then add the corn, shredded imitation crab meat, and chopped fish maw pieces. Turn heat back to high and wait for broth to boil again.
5. Prepare the beaten eggs. Sometimes I would use 1 cup of egg whites only for the soup, but since I have a lot of chicken eggs in the fridge, I used the yolks as well. When broth is boiling hard, turn heat down so it’s boiling lightly. Slowly drizzle in the beaten eggs in a circular pattern with one hand while stirring the broth with the other hand. Then mix 1.5 cup of corn starch with the 2 cups of reserved pork bone broth and slowly pour it in the broth with one hand and stirring the broth with the other hand. Add more corn starch and water mixture until soup thickens to your preference. Turn off stove and remove pot to a cooler spot.
6. Add fresh cilantro, scallions, and black pepper to your preference and ENJOY!