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Sup Ikan dan Jamur Kuping - Fish and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup

White fish, such as tilapia, rock fish, or red snapper can be used to make this wonderfully easy soup. Since the fish is thinly sliced, the whole thing should come together in under 10 minutes of cooking time! The tomatoes and lime juice lend a sour note, while the deep fried shallot flakes, white pepper, and tiny anchovies (a.k.a. _ikan ter_i in Indonesian) ensure that this soup will be savory and packed with umami. Chilies, such as bird eye chilies, can also be added if you love all thing spicy.

Sup Ikan dan Jamur Kuping - Fish and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup
Sup Ikan dan Jamur Kuping - Fish and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup

Sup Ikan dan Jamur Kuping - Fish and Wood Ear Mushroom Soup

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 6 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon tiny anchovies (Indonesian: ikan teri)
  • 2 tablespoon deep fried shallot flakes (Indonesian: bawang goreng)
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 150 gram wood ear mushroom (Indonesian: jamur kuping), thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (Indonesian: kecap ikan)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 500 gram firm white fish such as tilapia, rock fish, or red snapper, thinly sliced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 bird eye chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit), sliced (optional)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced


  1. In a soup pot, boil together water, anchovies, deep fried shallot flakes, tomatoes, wood ear mushroom, fish sauce, salt, sugar, and ground white pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Return soup to a boil, add fish slices, then cook only until the soup boils again. Turn off heat. Add lime juice, chilies (if used), and scallions. Serve hot.
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  • Ifah Ifah says:

    Hi Anita.. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'm new in US and I didn't find wood ear mushroom. Where I can buy it? Thanks before

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Ifah, if you have access to Asian grocery stores like 99 Ranch Market or Marina, you should be able to find wood ear mushroom in those stores. Or, you can also get wood ear mushroom online from Amazon.

  • Milky Milky says:

    Sour and simple- A great combination with lots of great textures. and since I keep dried anchovies and dried wood ear around, it was very convenient for me.

    I subbed in salmon (not my first choice, but it's what I've got) and a lemon, and it was good. I only used 2 tomatoes, since I had some pretty big ones. I also sliced 2 serrano peppers lengthwise and removed the seeds, and that was just enough to really make it the right spicy/sour.

    Now I REALLY love the tiny anchovies, but my taste-tester complained about it, hahahah. I think a few dashi granules might be okay for the less seafood enthused, but I really like recipes using them because they sell them in pretty large bags and I pretty much only make 1 or 2 things with the little fish.

    [[I love Asian style dried fish (in dishes or snacks), but do you have any suggestions for the Euro type of sardines packed in oil? ]]

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Milky, I'm not sure if Euro type sardines packed in oil will be a good substitute for Asian tiny anchovies. I would try using Asian tiny dried shrimps (ebi) instead, and hopefully your taste-tester will approve of the substitution. :)

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