Pea Shoot Soup With Century Egg and Goji Berry Recipe

Quick and nutritious pea shoot recipe that is perfect for dinner

I have been a fan of pea shoots the entire time. These pea sprouts, namely Dou Miao in Mandarin, are tender and versatile. You can eat it raw as a salad. Or you can stir-fry it as a side dish. 

Because they are so tender, it takes almost no time to prepare and cook. Mildly sweet, this microgreen tastes like a summer night in a remote Sichuan village.

If you love pea shoots, you will love this easy pea shoot recipe (上汤豆苗) that takes less than 20 minutes. 

Table of content

  • What are pea shoots and the healthy benefits
  • Ingredients for cooking the pea shoot soup
  • How to make this recipe step by step
  • What is century egg and alternatives

What are pea shoots?

Pea shoots are sprouts of green peas. They are sprouts grown in water without light and are usually harvested pretty early. That’s why they are tender and mildly sweet. Almost the entire plant is edible, cooked or raw.

If you are looking for a reason to give pea shoots a try, here are three:

  • They are jam-packed with nutrients.

Pea shoots are rich in Vitamin A, B, C, E, and K. One cup of pea shoots contains 35% of Vitamin C you need for a day. 

They also help to fight inflammation for the antioxidants they contain. A cup of pea shoots in the salad will work as a perfect energy boost and a great fiber source.

  • They are super easy to make

The whole plant is edible. You can eat it raw as in a salad. Or cook it in a soup or a stir-fry dish. 

Because pea shoots are tender, they require less time to cook. If you are looking for a side dish that will be ready in 10 minutes, pea shoots are a great option.

  • You can grow them at home

I used to sprout pea shoots in my dorm using a tray and peas. If the temperature is mild, your pea shoots will be harvested in 4 to 6 days. And they taste just like the store-bought ones. Follow this tutorial below if you want to know more.

Easy Pea shoots soup with century egg and goji berry

Ingredients for this pea shoots soup

  • 400g pea shoots 
  • 3 shoves of garlic
  • 1 century egg, medium size
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to make this pea shoot recipe

  1. Remove the stems of the pea shoots (if any). Rinse for 2 to 3 times and put them in a bowl.
  1. Smash the garlic.
  1. Gently crack the shell of a century egg. Put it in a bowl for later. 

Note: Unlike normal eggs, the white of century eggs are not liquid. But they still have a runny yolk. For this soup recipe, you can halve it right before it goes into the wok and smash it into small pieces with any cooking utensils.

  1. In a small bowl, wash the goji berries with running water. Soak them in boiled water for 1 minute. 
  2. Boil a pot of water and parboil the pea shoots for 3 to 4 minutes.
Parboil pea shoots before stir-frying

  1. Take them out. Put them in a bowl and drain.
  2. In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil over medium-high heat. Wait until it starts to smoke and then add the smashed garlic. Stir for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add the pea shoots in the wok. Stir for 2 minutes until they start to soften. 
  4. Then add 2 cups of water or chicken broth. Half the century egg and add it to the soup. Use a spoon to smash the egg into small pieces. Stir until the soup boils.
  5. Add goji berries and salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and serve with rice.
pea shoot soup with century egg and goji berry

What are century eggs?

No. Century eggs are not 100 years or 1000 years old. Born in Canton, I have been familiar with century eggs since I was little.

These weird-looking eggs are usually preserved duck or chicken eggs. They are also called Pi Dan or Song Hua eggs in China. 

A century egg without the shell

Century eggs have a complex and strong taste. The slightly salty yolk and the mineral taste of the egg white oddly enhance the favor of dishes. 

Century egg alternatives

If you are not ready to take on the century egg adventure, replace it with a regular egg in this recipe. Boil it for 5 minutes before adding to the soup. This way, you’ll still have a runny yolk that helps to increase the texture of the dish.

Or you can also replace it with mushrooms. The aroma of the mushrooms complements the dish and adds a different taste to the table.

Pea shoots soup with century egg and goji berry

Pea shoots soup with century egg and goji berry

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Fresh pea shoots soup with fragrant century egg that are better than salads

Ingredients

  • 400g pea shoots 
  • 3 shoves of garlic
  • 1 century egg, medium size
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp goji berries
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems of the pea shoots. Rinse for 2 to 3 times.
  2. Smash 4 shoves of garlic. Set aside for later.
  3. Gently crack the shell of a century egg. Put it in a bowl for later. 
  4. Wash goji berries with running water. Soak them in boiled water for 1 minute. 
  5. Boil pea shoots for 3 to 4 minutes in a pot. Set aside and drain.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil on medium-high heat in a wok. Then add the smashed garlic. Stir-fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
  7. Add pea shoots to the wok. Stir for 2 minutes until softened. 
  8. Pour 2 cups of water. Halve the century egg and add it to the soup. Use a spoon to smash the egg into small pieces. Stir until the soup boils.
  9. Add goji berries and salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and serve with rice.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 309mgSodium: 427mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 11gSugar: 14gProtein: 16g

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