How to make Vegetable Manchow Soup -

A delicious and wholesome soup.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from the book Best of Chinese Cooking.

Main Ingredients : Vegetable Stock (वेजिटेबल स्टॉक), Mushrooms (मशरूम)

Cuisine : Chinese

Course : Soups

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Vegetable Manchow Soup

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Some say Chinese cuisine is 400,000 years old going back to the Peking Man and his use of fire. Some other accounts of the history of Chinese cuisine takes the beginning to the Chinese stone age. However today Chinese cuisine enjoys the distinction of being the most popular in the world.
All this furore about Chinese food can make one wonder what is so special about this cuisine.  To put it in one word it is wholesome.  It has the characteristics of being nutritious, economical, balanced and delicious. It cannot be gainsaid that Chinese food is popular the world over and it can be adapted into our modern lifestyles as the strong link between diet and health of body, mind and spirit is epitomized in Chinese cookery. We all desire harmony in our lives and this works on the ancient Taoist principle of Yin and Yang in which balance and contrast are the key. Each Chinese dish reflects a balance of taste, texture, aroma and colour. Be it sweet, sour, pungent, hot, salty or spicy – all the six basic flavours are incorporated deftly in all Chinese dishes.

Prep Time : 31-40 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Vegetable Manchow Soup Recipe

  • Vegetable Stock 2-3

  • Mushrooms finely chopped 2-3

  • Cabbage finely chopped 1/4 small

  • Bamboo shoots 2 slices

  • Beancurd (tofu) finely chopped 50 grams

  • Green capsicum finely chopped 1 medium

  • Carrot finely chopped 1 medium

  • Spring onions with greens 1

  • Noodles 1 cup

  • Oil 2tbsps + to deep fry

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 3 tablespoons

  • Ginger finely chopped 1/2 inch pieces

  • Garlic finely chopped 2-3 cloves

  • Green chillies chopped 2

  • Red chilli sauce 1/2 tablespoon

  • Soy sauce 2 tablespoons

  • White pepper powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • MSG 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Vegetable stock 4-5 cups

  • Vinegar 1 tablespoon


Step 1

Soak the Chinese mushrooms in hot water for fifteen minutes. Drain, wash thoroughly and finely chop. Boil the bamboo shoot slices in little water for three to four minutes. Drain completely, cool and chop finely.

Step 2

Finely chop the spring onion and the greens. Reserve some greens for garnish. Blanch the noodles in hot water, remove and drain well. Heat sufficient oil in a wok and deep-fry the boiled noodles for two to three minutes or until light brown and crisp.

Step 3

Drain on absorbent paper. Mix the cornflour in half cup of water and set aside. Heat two-tablespoons oil in a wok or a pan, add the ginger, garlic and green chillies and stir-fry for half a minute.

Step 4

Add the spring onion and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the mushrooms, cabbage, bamboo shoots, tofu, capsicum and carrot and cook on medium heat, stirring continuously for two minutes.

Step 5

Add the chilli sauce, soy sauce, pepper powder, MSG and salt and stir well to mix. Stir in the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for two to three minutes.

Step 6

Stir in the cornflour mixture and cook for two minutes or until the soup thickens, stirring continuously. Stir in vinegar and serve piping hot, garnished with the crisply fried noodles and spring onion greens.

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