Macaroni Soup (餐 蛋 通 粉)


Macaroni Soup! This is one of the ultimate Cantonese comfort foods – nothing flashy, just some tasty noodles in a soothing soup. Choice of homemade stock or box stock is up to you. Homemade is better of course, but the essence of this dish is that is should be as negative stress as possible. If you have the basic homestyle stock from our stocks 101 video, use that; if you have some western style chicken stock, use that … The below is an even more basic version of that basic homestyle stock. INGREDIENTS, HOMEMADE BASIC STOCK * Chicken carcass (or other chicken scraps), ~ 500g * Pork bones (or other pork scraps), ~ 500g * Liaojiu aka Shaoxing wine (料酒 / 绍酒), ~ 2 tbsp. Or feel free to skip this if you don’t have any on hand. * Ginger, ~ 2 inch knob. * Scallion, one large sprig. Tied into a knot. * Water, ~ 3 liters If you want to use all chicken or all pork instead of a combination, totally cool – whatever’s convenient. PROCESS, HOMEMADE BASIC STOCK 1. Soak the meat in cool water for ~ 1 hour. 2. Add the meat to cool water, bring to a boil. Boil for 2-3 minutes, remove the meat and rinse under running water. 3. Add the meat, the ginger / scallion, and the wine to the three liters of cool water. Bring it up to a boil, then down to a simmer. Simmer on low for ~ 3 hours. 4. Remove the meat pieces. Scrape off any meat from the chicken or pork – nice lunch material right there. INGREDIENTS, MACARONI SOUP * Dried Macaroni (), 60g * Frozen mixed vegetables, 1/4 cup * Spam (午餐肉), 2 pieces * Fried egg, 1 * Stock, 400mL * Milk powder (奶粉), 1/2 tbsp -or- Campbell’s cream of chicken, 1.5tbsp * Seasoning: 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp chicken bouillon powder (鸡粉), ~ 1/16 tsp MSG (味精), 1/8 tsp white pepper powder (白 胡椒粉) PROCESS, MACARONI SOUP 1. Boil the macaroni in water along with 1/2 tsp of salt. Boil for ~ 6 minutes, or until al dente (we’ll be continuing to cook this until past al dente). 2. Add the frozen veg, boil for another half minute. Strain. 3. In a saucepan, mix the stock with the milk add-in of choice. Bring to a boil, then down to a simmer. Season. 4. Add back the macaroni and vegetables. Cook it all together for about one minute. Transfer to a bowl. Top with spam and egg. INGREDIENTS, STEPH’S “F *** IT” LUNCH SOUP 1. Water, 700mL 2. Dried stuff: ~ 3 dried shrimp (虾米), ~ 4 dried scallops (瑶柱 / 干贝), 1/2 dried shiitake mushroom (冬菇) 3. Dried Macaroni (通心粉), 60g. 4. Cooked proteins – here we used a bit of the above stock meat plus some cubed spam. Up to you. 5. Vegetables – here we used ~ 100g of napa cabbage (娃娃 菜) 6. Seasoning: 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp sugar, pinch of MSG, 1/8 tsp white pepper powder, optional bit of fish sauce PROCESS , STEPH’S “F *** IT” LUNCH SOUP 1. Add dried shrimp and scallops to some cool water, and grate in the half a dried shiitake mushroom. Bring to a boil, add the macaroni. 2. Boil everything together for ~ 6 minutes, or until your macaroni is done to your liking. Add in the protein and the vegetable. Season, then boil together for another ~ 1 minute. 3. Eat it straight from the pot. And check out our Patreon if you’d like to support the project! Outro Music: คิดถึง คุณ จัง by ธานินทร์ อินทร เทพ Found via My Analog Journal (great channel):.





  1. So here’re some of my “fuck-it” soup mixes (apologies to all of you who're watching this with kids, we'll contain a warning at the beginning or beep it next time if there's foul language. Never thought kids would watch our stuff tbh…).
    The meat is all leftovers and cooked along side with the macaroni to flavor the soup, then eaten as it is in the soup.

    In addition to macaroni, these soup mixes also work with rice cake, noodles, rice noodles, etc. But for the noodles that’ll make the cooking liquid very cloudy, like most rice noodles and store-bought fresh noodles, you’ll want to cook the them separately and add it back to the soup.
    The list of mixes can be unlimited, here're some of the random stuff I put together and ended up being tasty (while some are classic Chinese noodle soup combos), so definitely go explore and find your own favorites!

    a. Roast goose + napa cabbage

    b. Roast duck + Xuecai (Chinese preserved mustard green from Zhejiang province)

    c. White cut chicken + shiitake mushroom + dried scallop

    d. Char siu + broccoli

    e. Braised beef brisket + corn + carrot (or use daikon in place of corn and carrot)

    f. Honey ham + napa cabbage

    g. Minchi meat/the meat from the Taco Bell jianbing video/any fried minced meat + frozen mixed vegetables

    h. Stir fried pork slivers + Zhacai (Sichuan preserved vegetable) + Romain lettuce (add in the end right before heat off)

    i. Stir fried pork slivers + bamboo shoot (blanched) + Xuecai (preserved mustard from Zhejiang province)

    j. Frozen fish ball (available at Asian supermarkets) + dried seaweed (Zicai/紫菜) + dried small shrimp

    k. Frozen beef ball (available at Asian supermarkets), at the end right before heat off add in crispy deep-fried garlic and Chinese celery (or western celery)

    l. Fresh shiitake mushroom + napa cabbage + carrot + reconstituded woodear mushroom, give them all a quick stir fried at the beginning and add water to it to make a soup


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  3. My favorite "fuck it" meal. Works with all kinds of meat, but I say spam or slices of ham, or hot dogs are the best. For veggies, corn heavy but also peas and carrots. Thanks for the tip on how to make things creamier! I usually just use chicken powder stock.

  4. my canto is bad but we used to say 'flower bridge' all the time when we were kids 😉
    also parent could explain to child that steph said 'bucket', 'fork it' or that "it's a cantonese phrase"

    so happy that you explained how cha chaan teng macaroni soups is made. i always wondered how they made the soup milky. When i was little, our family made macaroni soup with canned chicken soup and it is such a comfort meal.

  5. The 10-minute stock is still more effort than what my parents made. Chicken stock powder, fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce, white pepper and sugar. Use cheap quick-cook macaroni, don't use the fancy bronze die pasta. Frozen veggies, sliced frankfurters to bulk it up into a meal. Definitely one of the first, if not the first, made from scratch meal I did when I did not have the luxury of my parents cooking for me.

  6. This is very similar to a comforting macaroni soup we make in our household! Make cream of mushroom soup from the sachet using 1 part milk to 3 parts water (since the packs have 4 serving written on them). After the soup is boiled, add in al dente macaroni along with salt and pepper to taste. That's it xD Macaroni soup or just plain soup, for us, its never complete without a pat of butter on top.
    Love from Nepal <3

  7. So this might be me being an Aussie, but I didn't fucking hear the "fuck it" the first time around…we to tend to just filter out the use of fuck as it's just part of the way we speak day to fucking day down here. I had to re-watch the video from the start to find out where Steph dropped in her "fuck it" (4:55), and, well, fuck me, that was the most delightfully subtle use of "fuck it" I have ever heard. Fucking top marks!

  8. Made this recently to introduce my kids to this standard comfort foods with just some of my chicken stock, macaroni, cut up spam (bite size because who wants to cut up spam or use chopsticks in macaroni soup!), mixed frozen veggies. A kid hit.

  9. Your first recipe with chicken and pork is a serious recipe. A bit too much time to produce. My aunt used sliced beef and dried Shiitake mushrooms with some preserved turnip to make the broth. She made this every morning for breakfast. I was lucky enough to sample this on occasions. If I were to make this, I would add fish tofu and preserved turnip to your dried shrimp, dried scallops and Shiitake recipe. Fish tofu is such a great ingredient for making soup. An idea from my mother. You should try this. Thanks for the video. BTW, if i really wanted the "fuck-it aesthetic", I would just make a packet of instant ramen.

  10. Unrelated to the video but what is the difference between red/green sichuan pepper? I know the taste difference, green is more numbing and has a more "green" flavour while red is milder and more floral, but I rarely see recipes specifying which type to use. Is there some specific rule on where you should use green and where red, or is it just preference? For example if I'm making mapo tofu is it more traditional to use red vs green sichuan pepper?

  11. Can I assume you use 'full fat' milk powder? Most we see in the US is non-fat, I have to order online to get the full-fat kind. Maybe one could use a bit of butter with the non-fat stuff? Thanks for everything – I learn so much from you guys. This combo looks like a great quick dish and something I've never seen or would have come up with on my own.

  12. Ah yes, a Hong Kong classic, and an Italian nightmare. My favorite combo with macaroni soup is with ham or char siu, with some toast and omlette on the side (Australian Dairy Company style).

    My mom always made me this when I was sick from school, though we always used the instant Knorr version. Cool to see an actual recipe for it!