Yellow Croaker and Clover soup

Hi!!! My taste buds and stomach have been very happy lately. Why? Well, a few days ago, my driver (aka Shanghai food expert) went to the market and got us fish. Finally, FISH!!!!! I had literally been waiting the entire winter for fresh, “inseason” fish. Needless to say, I was excited.


For most of the week, we just steamed the fish with some soy sauce. As expected, the fish was fresh, tender and AMAZING. However, last night, my mom decided to mix things up and make a soup. Behold, Mini Yellow croaker and Clover soup


While most people are familiar with yellow croaker, but clover??? Yes, clover is actually edible and very nutritions. The Chinese call it 草头 (cao tou) which literally translates as grass head. It has a fresh, nutty taste- perfect match for the rich, velvety yellow croaker. Anyways, my dad went to the market and came back with  clover

Of course, if clover isn’t available, almost any leafy green will work. The most traditional substitution would be pickled mustard greens.

As you probably see, the clover is much more attractive (not to mention lower in sodium)- not that pickled mustard greens are any less delicious

Tips: Let the fish marinate in salt 15-20min before cooking so the flavor goes into the meat. Add enough oil when frying the fish. They will stick. Excess oil can always be drained. The fish is very delicate and tender; be very careful when flipping. Finally, be very careful not to overcook.

Anyways, enjoy this quick, delicious, nutritious soup!!!!

Yellow Croaker Soup with Clover


  •  4-5 mini yellow croakers
  • Clover
  • 1-1.5l water
  • salt
  • oil
  • ginger
  • cooking wine


Throughly clean the fish and apply salt. Allow the fish to marinate for 15-20min. Heat a wok over medium high heat and rub some ginger on the wok (prevents sticking). Heat some oil in the wok and pan fry the fish for 2-3 min/side until cooked. Be careful not to overcook and burn. Remove from heat and set aside. Using the leftover oil, or add more if necessary, stir fry the clover with  a little salt. Add cooking wine, fish, ginger strips and water. Turn heat to low and simmer for 10-15min. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!!!!





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