Bok Choy Soup: Comfort Food in a Bowl

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This Bok Choy Soup recipe with fresh bok choy, mushrooms, and soba noodles in a tasty broth made with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, really delivers on healthy, comforting, and fantastic flavors.

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bok choy soup

If you’re looking for a really comforting soup that has all of those wonderful healing properties and just really warms you up as it fills you up, this is that soup. We love making this recipe for lunch. It gets slurped up so fast.

It takes just about 20 minutes to make this soup, so it’s a very convenient dish. You’ll be surprised how much flavor develops in the broth in just a short time.

A Little Bit About Bok Choy

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s spend a moment appreciating our star ingredient. Bok choy, also known as pak choi, is a type of Chinese cabbage that doesn’t look like the typical cabbage. Instead, it has dark green leaves connected to white or pale green stalks.

One of the standout qualities of bok choy is its nutritional content. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like calcium and potassium. Moreover, it offers a unique, slightly sweet flavor and a pleasant crunch that holds up well when cooked. Try roasting it for a delicious and easy side dish.

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for bok choy soup

For this Bok Choy Soup, you’ll need:

  • Olive oil – this is used for sautéing the aromatics and mushrooms. You can use any cooking oil you like.
  • AromaticsGarlic, fresh ginger, and all spice. If you don’t have all spice, you can substitute with 1 star anise and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Bok Choy – this is the star of the show. Be sure to get fresh, firm, healthy looking bok choy. I like to use baby ones because they’re more tender, but larger ones can be used as well.
  • Mushrooms – Sliced mushrooms will add a nice umami to the broth
  • Low sodium chicken broth – It’s important to use low sodium chicken broth so you don’t add too much salt to the dish.
  • Soba noodles – I use soba noodles. They’re very easy to prepare. You could also use rice noodles or ramen noodles.
  • Soy sauce – Use a high-quality soy sauce with a lot of umami flavor.
  • Fish sauce – This is optional, if you don’t like fish sauce, leave it out.
  • Green onion – Chopped they add some crunch to the finished dish
  • Optional: sesame seeds for garnish

How to Make Bok Choy Soup

Start the flavor base. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, ginger, and star anise. Cook until the garlic and ginger are fragrant, usually about 1 to 2 minutes.

Sauté the mushrooms. Add your sliced mushrooms to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.

sautéing onion and mushroom

Prepare the broth. Pour in the low sodium chicken broth. Bring this mix to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Cook the bok choy. Add the bok choy halves to the pot, positioning them with the white end submerged and the leafy parts hanging out of the broth. Let this simmer for 5 minutes. Then, fully submerge the bok choy and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

adding bok choy to the soup base.

Finish off the soup. Add the prepared noodles, soy sauce, and fish sauce to the soup. Stir well to combine everything. Give it a minute or two to warm back up from adding the cold noodles.

bok choy soup

Serve and enjoy. Divide the soup between two bowls. Top each with chopped green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, if desired.

Adding Meat to the Soup

You can add meat to the dish if you want to make it a more substantial meal. I usually add any leftover chicken, pork, or beef that I have on hand. You can also cook the chicken in the broth as it’s simmering, before you add the bok choy. It’s best to chop it into cubes and make sure you’ve simmered the soup long enough to cook the chicken thoroughly, about 10 minutes instead of 5.

bok choy soup

How to Store and Reheat Your Bok Choy Soup

Soup is perfect for meal prep, and this Bok Choy Soup is no exception. Once it has cooled, you can store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

When you’re ready to reheat your soup, pour it into a pot and warm it over medium heat until it’s heated through. Alternatively, you can use a microwave, making sure to stir the soup halfway through heating for even warming.

This Bok Choy Soup is a delightful blend of refreshing bok choy, aromatic spices, and savory broth that promises a nourishing and comforting meal. Give it a try and enjoy the wealth of flavors and textures it brings to your dinner table!


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Bok choy soup

Bok Choy Soup

This Bok Choy Soup recipe with fresh bok choy, mushrooms, and soba noodles in a tasty broth made with garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, really delivers on healthy, comforting, and fantastic flavors.
5 from 34 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 556kcal
Author :Laura Lynch


  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 2 cloves (2 cloves) garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) all spice
  • 6 (6) mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cups (709.76 ml) low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 baby bok choy halved and cleaned
  • 8 ounces (227 g) soba noodles prepared
  • 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon (7 ml) fish sauce
  • 1 (1) green onion chopped


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and all spice and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the bok choy to the pot with the white ends submerged and the leaves hanging out of the broth. Simmer for 5 minutes. Submerge the whole bok choy and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the cooked noodles to the pot along with the soy sauce and fish sauce. Stir and allow it to warm up again.
  • Divide the soup among two bowls. Top each with green onion and sesame seeds.


  • You can add a meat to this dish if you want.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 2478mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7606IU | Vitamin C: 80mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 6mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Bok Choy Soup: Comfort Food in a Bowl
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