This healthy Gai Lan Soup Recipe with Egg is as nourishing, comforting and delicious as it looks!
It's almost Chinese New Year, and I suggest serving this super delicious soup.
Have you ever heard of Gai Lan?
What is Gai Lan?
- Gai Lan is actually Chinese Kale, and is often referred to as Chinese broccoli.
- The dark green leaves of Gai Lan are packed with nutrients and become soft, like spinach, when cooked.
- Gail Lan has thick green stems and deep green leaves. As with most greens, the younger the plant, the more tender the stalks and leaves are.
- The flavor is similar to broccoli, both bitter and sweet. Though perhaps a little more bitter, which mellows as it cooks, making it perfect for gai lan soup or in stir-fries.
- Gai Lan is available year-round.
What does Gai Lan taste like?
Gai Lan is similar to broccoli, but with a much stronger flavor that is slightly bitter. I especially love it in soups because the bitterness mellows and it keeps its sweet and pungent flavor even after a longer cooking time.
How to Serve Gai Lan
Gail Lan is delicious sautéed with oyster sauce and garlic. It shines in all sorts of stir-fries. It's also one of my favorite greens to add to soups.
This Gai Lan Soup Recipe is on the spicy side, and with the addition of egg and miso, it's not only healthy, but it's quite rich and hearty.
If you are cooking up a Chinese New Year's menu, I hope you include the soup.
It would be delicious with Crispy Garlic Ginger Bok Choy Chips. . .
Whatever you serve it with, I hope you enjoy every last spoonful of the gai lan soup!
I want to thank Melissa's Produce again for essentially sending me Chinese New Year -- in a box. This is not a sponsored post, as always, all opinions are my own.
Gai Lan Soup with Egg
- grapeseed oil for the pot
- ¼ cup light Miso paste (Shiro Miso)
- 1 tablespoon ginger pulp
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1½ teaspoons chili paste
- ¾ cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 3 cups Gai Lan, washed and dried, roughly chopped, tough portions of stems removed
- 5 cups warm water
- 4 hard boiled eggs, yolks removed, thinly sliced
- salt to taste
- dried chili flakes for garnish
- Coat the bottom of a large soup pot with grapeseed oil and place it over medium-low heat. Add the miso, ginger, garlic and chile paste. Let this sauté for a couple of minutes, and then add the onions. Continue to sauté until the onions are soft and translucent, about 7 minutes.
- Add the Gai Lan and cook just until it's wilted. Then add the water and bring to a boil.
- Add the sliced hard cooked egg whites, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Season to taste with sea salt and garnish each serving with dried chili flakes.
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Sounds wonderful! I would love to try this soup!
Thanks, Christina! Enjoy!
So if one adds a he Miso to the pot with just the oil, ginger and garlic, etc, even at low temp, it chars and burns on the pan bottom. By the time the onions get cooked properly, the paste mixture is burnt and dried out. That can’t be right. Is there a step missing in the instructions? Thanks.
Hi Kathy, Thanks for writing in. I'm so sorry you had this happen. I haven't had this problem when making this recipe. If the heat is already low, the only think I can think of is that maybe the pot you're using isn't heavy-bottomed enough? I would also suggest adding more oil. I will play around with this recipe ASAP to see if while doing so, I think of any other possibilities. Again, I'm sorry this didn't work out. I'll report back soon! ~Valentina
yum! I never thought of putting miso and gai lan together, will definitely try it!
Thanks so much, Bonnie! Hope you enjoy. 🙂
Rolando l. Sta. maria
What is gai lan and where can we buy it?
Hi Rolando, gai lan is Chinese broccoli and it's often available in many major grocery stores (Gelson's Whole Foods, Ralph's), and definitely in any Asian market. Cheers!
Looks fabulously spicy and flavorful. Soup is definitely on with this one.
Thanks so much, Andrea! 🙂
I don't think I've ever tried gai lan, but from your description I think I would love it! Now to find some...
Hi Catherine, I hope you find Gai Lan in your market and try it. In not in the soup, you can just sauté it with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Like you would spinach. 🙂
I've heard of gai lan but not sure I have managed to try. The flavors here sound great.
Thanks, Caroline! Hope you try it. 🙂
Great recipe Valentina and perfect for Chinese New Year! I also like the bok choy chips you mention....anything Asian and you have got me. Cheers
Me too! I love Asian flavors so much! Thank you!
Valentina, thanks I can now finally make this recipe at home! You make it look so easy and so delicious!
Thank you, Cathy! 🙂
Wonderful. I can just taste it! I’ve never heard of gai lan, but I imagine broccolini would be an acceptable sub?
Hi Mimi! Yes broccolini would be great. Or spinach. Enjoy and thank you. 🙂 ~Valentina
I know gai lan as Chinese broccoli here in Australia. Find your recipe very interesting as I use miso quite often in soups but have not prepared anything quite similar . . . shall most certainly try ! I normally use the ta/orange miso for cooking and the white for my 'consomme' tea . . . so the first it is . . .
Gail an is readily available at our farmers market (from one vendor only) and also in our Asian grocery store. This looks amazing — and soooo comforting! xx