How to Create the Perfect Sour Soup Fish Dish: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: How long should the fish be marinated for the Sour Soup Fish recipe?
A: The fish should be marinated for 5 minutes in scallion, ginger, and cooking wine to remove any fishy smell, and then for an additional 15 minutes with oil, salt, chicken sauce, pepper powder, cornstarch, and soy sauce.

Q: Can I use a different type of vegetable instead of baby cabbage in the recipe?
A: Yes, you can substitute baby cabbage with other similar vegetables, but it may slightly alter the flavor of the dish.

Q: Is it necessary to use both dried chili peppers and pepper powder in the recipe?
A: Yes, using both dried chili peppers and pepper powder gives the dish a balanced heat and flavor.

Sour Soup Fish (酸汤鱼)


  • 400g water
  • 400g fish belly
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 piece of ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 dried chili peppers
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 100g pickled vegetables (suancai)
  • 5 sprigs of cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 sheet of tofu skin
  • 100g baby cabbage
  • Seasoning: A small amount of Totole Chicken Essence
  • A small amount of Totole Cooking Wine
  • A small amount of oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • A small amount of scallion
  1. Clean the fish belly with water, marinate with scallion, ginger, and Totole cooking wine for 5 minutes to remove any fishy smell. Discard excess wine and blot dry.
  2. Marinate the fish with a small amount of oil, salt, Totole chicken essence, pepper powder, cornstarch, and soy sauce for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare the side ingredients: tomato, cilantro, dried chili peppers, and pickled vegetables.
  4. Also prepare tofu skin and baby cabbage.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and stir-fry the pickled vegetables with garlic.
  6. Add tomato and stir-fry, then pour in 400ml of water and bring to a boil with the lid on.
  7. After about 5 minutes of boiling, add tofu skin and baby cabbage. Once cooked, remove them and set aside in a bowl. Leave the sour soup in the pan.
  8. Neatly place the marinated fish in the sour soup and cook over medium heat for about 7-8 minutes, depending on the size of the fish pieces. Gently turn the fish with chopsticks.
  9. Place the cooked fish in the bowl with the side ingredients, pour the sour soup over it, and garnish with cilantro and dried chili peppers. Heat oil in another pan and drizzle over the dish.
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  • Rich in protein from fish.
  • Contains vitamins and minerals from vegetables like tomatoes and baby cabbage.
  • Low in carbohydrates, suitable for low-carb diets.