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You know how you come back home after some serious travelling and start thinking of all the things you are going to eat once you get home. Not because you didn’t have some amazing food on your trip but because you just need to have some warm, cozy comfort food as soon as you land and it has to be from your kitchen because nothing ever tastes like it! I kept thinking back to this homemade chicken manchow soup all through the flight from Guwahati because it was cold brrrrr on the flight and my feet hurt from all the walking we’d been doing and I just wanted to get inside the blankie and hibernate with a steaming hot bowl of Chicken Manchow Soup for like a week!
Fast forward to me in my kitchen staring at an empty fridge and wondering how I didn’t think to order ahead. And maybe I should wait to go shopping but you know, I cannot deal with my cravings. I just need stuff now and I need to make it now and I can’t stop thinking about it till I do. I ended up using the Big Basket app on my phone to buy all the fresh fruits and vegetables I needed. I admit I ended up going overboard because I saw some fresh basil and then some fresh avocadoes and maaaangoeees and I couldn’t stop myself. Big Basket is the largest online vegetable store and every time I’ve ordered my fruits and veggies online they’ve always come fresh and on time. They now have a really cool BB Express feature which delivers select produce within 60 minutes. Perfect for folks like me who have last minute cravings like this chicken manchow soup!
I cannot talk about Chicken Manchow Soup with all those crispy fried noodles without telling you about all the fun I used to have in Bombay with my girls friends. We would meet up every evening after classes, head to the shadies street chinese stall in the neighbourhood and order bowls of this soup. Because it was perfect and he’d give us unlimited fried noodles to top every bote with it. I really wanted to replicate the flavours but umm rasta chinese is still the best! Though this version comes pretty darn close.
The moment my veggies and chicken arrived from Big Basket, it literally took me 30 minutes to put make this soup because this recipe is FAST! And it’s just soo filling and incredibly satisfying. We ended up having leftovers all weekend under our blankies with some Netflix and wine. Because we are classy like that
Chicken Manchow Soup is a spicy indo chinese soup, made popular by the street carts. This homemade version is an easy recipe and incredibly satisfying!
- 2 tablespoons (Oil)
- 1 tablespoon chopped Garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped Ginger
- 1 Green Chilli (, chopped)
- 3/4 cup Spring Onions (white part of)
- 1 Chicken Breast ((diced into half inch or smaller pieces))
- 1 cup Carrots (finely chopped)
- 1 cup Green Beans (finely chopped)
- 1/2 cup Cabbage (chopped)
- 1/2 cup Spring Onions (green part of)
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce ((I prefer dark soy sauce))
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Pepper (Powder)
- 3 tablespoons Corn Flour
- to taste Salt
- Noodles (Fried for topping)
- In a large dutch oven or soup pot heat oil and add ginger, garlic and white spring onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes and add the chicken breast.
- Chicken breast will cook fairly quickly. Saute it for a minute or so on high heat and add carrots, green beans and cabbage along with salt and 3 cups water. Bring this to a quick boil and then reduce the flame to a simmer.
- In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, pepper, corn flour and 1/2 cup water till no lumps are visible. Add this to the pot and keep stirring till the soup thickens up. Mix in the green part of spring onions. Once the soup thickens, let it simmer for two minutes and switch off the flame.
- Top individual servings with fried noodles and serve hot.