Sizzling Rice Soup

Chinese sizzling rice soup
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  • Total: 2 hrs
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 6 portions (6 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
577 Calories
41g Fat
33g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 portions (6 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 577
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1041mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 19g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A restaurant specialty, sizzling rice soup makes crackling sounds when crisp rice is added to the hot broth. But why enjoy this meal at a restaurant only? Bring this delicious sizzling rice recipe to your friends and family at home. It's sure to impress! This is good with chicken or shrimp


  • 4 large dried black mushrooms (stems removed)
  • 1 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 6-ounces)
  • 1 slice ginger
  • 1/4 cup barbecued pork (or cooked ham)
  • 4 ounces shrimp
  • 1/4 cup canned bamboo shoots
  • 1/4 cup canned water chestnuts
  • 5 cups chicken stock (or broth)
  • 1 cup reserved mushroom soaking liquid
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-5 drops sesame oil
  • 1 cup crispy rice (see recipe below)
  • Vegetable oil (for deep frying)

Steps to Make It

To Make the Chicken

  1. Soak mushrooms in hot water for about 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and reserve 1 cup for the soup. Cut mushrooms into quarters. Cut the water chestnuts and bamboo shoots into thin slices.

  2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add the chicken and slice ginger and briefly blanch the chicken, just until it changes color. Drain and cut the chicken into thin slices.

  3. Bring the chicken stock or broth and the reserved mushroom liquid to a boil. Add the chicken and pork, shrimp and the vegetables. Let simmer for a few minutes, then add the soy sauce, sherry, and the salt and pepper. Drizzle with the sesame oil. Bring back to a boil and then let simmer for a few more minutes. Place the soup in a large serving bowl and keep warm.

  4. Heat wok and add oil for deep-frying. When the oil is ready, add the crispy rice. Deep-fry until it puffs and turns brown, then drain on paper towels.

  5. Add the rice to the soup at the table, so that guests can hear the rice make popping sounds when added to the broth.

To Make Crispy Rice

  1. Rinse 1 cup of long or medium grain rice.

  2. In a pot, add 1 1/2 cups water (1 1/4 cups for medium grain rice) to the rice and bring to a boil.

  3. Cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from burner and allow to cool.

  4. While rice is cooling, preheat oven to 300 F.

  5. Place the rice on a baking sheet, making sure that it is about, but no more than, 1/4-inch thick.

  6. Bake the rice for 50 to 55 minutes, until it is dry.

  7. Cool and cut into 2-inch squares.

  8. Store in a canister until needed. Do not freeze.