Not quite a soup but not quite a stew either, this unique dish can probably pass as a ‘stoup’ but don’t let it’s looks deceive you…it is DELICIOUS and surprisingly simple to make! The texture of these little spätzle pieces really give it a nice chewy texture and really compliments the thick soupy consistency of the tomatoes and eggs. I also like to add a little chili oil to mine to give it an extra kick!
Oddly enough the first time I had this dish was at a karaoke restaurant in San Diego with some friends! They ordered it and I had no idea what that was and was really perplexed by it’s seemingly mushy and thick consistency. But after my first bite I was hooked! This was another one of those really comforting and deliciously nourishing dishes you will crave on a cold gloomy day!
I have never seen this dish served in restaurants, apart from what I mentioned, probably because it’s more of a ‘home’ dish. Unlike traditional spätzle that requires the addition of eggs and a special spätzle-maker contraption, these Chinese version involves a bowl and only 2 ingredients: flour and water.
The trick to making these spätzle pieces is to add a little water at a time, just enough until the dough begins to form these crumbly lumpy pieces. Chopsticks are best for this task to avoid making a giant clump! Next time you are craving something hearty give this recipe a try!
Chinese Spätzle Soup
Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 15 min Total time: 20 min Servings: 4
- 4 tomatoes diced
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp chicken powder
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 green onion
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup flour
- Prepare spätzle by placing flour into a large mixing bowl and add water a few tablespoons at a time while stirring with a pair of chop sticks. Add just enough water to form medium sized clumps of dough (see above) and set aside.
- Heat oil to medium high in a pot and sauté diced tomatoes for 3-5 min.
- Add soy sauce, sugar, and chicken powder and stir to combine.
- Add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cook tomatoes until soft for another 5 min.
- Add in spätzle and break up any large pieces. Cook the spätzle for 2 min.
- Beat eggs in a separate bowl and slowly pour into the pot with the spätzle. Stir the egg slowly to create ribbons and cook for another 2 min.
- Remove pot from the heat and add in chopped green onions and sesame oil.
- Serve hot and enjoy!