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What was that Chicken and Shrimp Soup???

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What was that Chicken and Shrimp Soup???

jillkehler | Oct 15, 2011 03:27 PM

Hi all, I recently was in Vancouver on a holiday and had the pleasure of eating at Sun Sui Wah, a Chinese dim-sum seafood restaurant. I decided on a bowl of soup, not realizing that this soup would engage me for months thereafter! I am dying to know the name of it so I can hopefully find a similar recipe on the internet.

So here is what I can tell you of this amazing soup. It was called "Chicken and Shrimp" something soup. Hot pot possibly? It had thinly sliced chunks of chicken that basically melted on your tongue they were so tender, I've never had such a pleasant chicken experience before. It had large beautiful butterflied prawns. Big chunks of scallions. Possibly bamboo shoots? Some sort of vermicelli-like noodle (but in one of my re-creation attempts I used thin white rice vermicelli and they weren't the same). Whole shiitake mushrooms, juicy and plump. Now for the broth... a deep red, spicy (but not insanely), chickeny, salty, shiny, thick broth that clung beautifully to all the contents. Please see my photo to get a better idea (it was taken after I had a couple bites, I knew I wouldn't want to forget this dish).

I thought it might be a type of hot and sour soup, so I made a pot of hot and sour soup using all the ingredients I remembered being in that soup and trying to get the broth as close as possible. However the hot and sour soup wasn't it. I also had a mini-bowl of hot and sour soup at the restaurant (yes I ordered two soups!) and it was quite different from my main course soup.

So I am wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the name of this soup so I can attempt to re-create it. I'm currently working on a recipe that involves, just for the broth: chicken stock, sambal, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch to thicken. Possibly a dash of soy to darken it a bit and add some saltiness.

Any comments or help would be appreciated! And if you're lucky enough, go to Sun Sui Wah and get whatever chicken and shrimp soup they have on their menu - it was about $15. (And then get back on here and tell me the name of it!)

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Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant
3888 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V3N9, CA

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