Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chinese Sweet Corn Soup | Indo Chinese Kitchen

We were suddenly faced with some rather inclement weather last week - rain, thunder, storms, and high winds!! It was pouring for 2 days straight which sent the temperatures tumbling. I decided we needed some good hot soup to make up for the chill. As were not in the mood for any creamy and heavy stuff, and I was clean out of tomatoes (tomato soup is my favourite), I decided on some sweet corn soup Chinese style. It never sits on the stomach but can fill you up too. As I got the ingredients together I realized that it has been ages since I made this soup. Luckily I had saved a tin of creamed corn in my pantry just for such a moment!!

Sweet corn soup is very much a staple of Indian lunch buffets around here and is as such much loved by all. However its flavour is very much a matter of taste. The restaurant versions are too salty - though I have never figured out why this should be the case! I have eaten this at pot lucks and when we visit friends and the flavour spectrum can be anything from mild to very hot!! We like our soup a little more balanced for flavour and so I always add both onion and celery to it. The combination and proportion of seasonings I use here are purely personal and I would encourage anyone who tries this recipe to start out with these proportions and the enhance the flavour as they prefer - be it increased sourness, more heat, or a sweeter taste.

1 tin creamed sweet corn
1/2 cup sweet kernels
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1/2 cup celery, chopped fine
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp cornflour
11/2 cups water

  1. Heat oil in a stock pan. Add the garlic, reduce the heat and fry for a minute. Now add the onions and celery fry till transparent.
  2. Pour in the creamed sweet corn with the water. Stir, then add the fresh corn kernels. Bring to a boil, the reduce the heat and cook the soup for about ten minutes on a medium heat.
  3. Add the seasonings and the cornflour. Cook another 10 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust for sourness or sharpness if required.
  5. Enjoy hot with your favourite condiments.
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  1. Love the Pot and Flavor of Soup..

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  2. Delicious n love ur clicks as well :-)

  3. Love the clicks, esp the soup pot!! Yummy looking soup.. Gotta try once at home :)

  4. I absolutely love corn...eating it simply boiled or grilled from the cob is my fav. I've made a similar soup sometime back and yours is looking really good.


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