Monday, February 28, 2022

SPICY MANCHOW SOUP / INDO-CHINESE CUISINE

 

Manchow soup is a very popular one from Indo-Chinese Cuisine as it has a hot and spicy taste. It may be veg or non veg. The origin of this soup is said to be Meghalaya which is well known for it's spicy cuisine.
This soup is dark brown in colour. It is prepared with finely diced vegetables, chicken or sea food (for non veg version) and sauces. Before serving some crispy fried noodles are added to it. 



Ingredients:
Cabbage ................ 1/4 
Carrot ................... 1/2
Mushrooms ......... 3-4
Capsicum / bell pepper ...  1/2
Radish ............................ 1/2
Spring onions ................. 1 or 2 
Ginger ........................... 1 " piece
Garlic ............................ 2-3 cloves
Red chilli sauce ............ 1/2 or 1 tbsp as you prefer
Dark soy sauce .............. 1 tsp (little less or more adjust while cooking)
Corn starch ................... 2 tbsps + 1 tbsp 
Salt ................................. to taste
Noodles ........................ 1 cup
Oil ............................... for cooking 2 tbsps and 1 cup for frying the noodles

Method:
1. Boil the noodles adding little salt. Drain them and set aside for cooling. Add little oil so that they don't stick and become mushy.
2. When they are cool enough sprinkle 1 tbsp of corn starch. Coat them well and separate them. 
3. Heat oil in a wok and deep fry the noodles adjusting the flame until crisp. Do not make them brown. 
4. Now dice all the vegetables that you are using very finely.
5. Peel and crush the garlic and ginger. 
6. In a wok heat 2 tbsps of oil and saute the ginger and garlic.
7. Next add the diced vegetables, white part of spring onions and toss them well. Keep a crunchy texture and do not over cook them.
8. Stir in the sauces and add salt carefully as the sauces already contain salt.
9. Dilute the remaining 2 tbsps of corn starch with water and add it to the vegetables.
10. Give it a stir and add 2 cups or little more water according to the consistency you like.
11. Give it a nice boil. Check the flavours and adjust if required. 
12. Add some spring onion greens towards the end. 
13. Serve the soup in individual bowls and garnish with crispy fried noodles and spring onions. 
14. Keep some extra noodles to add while having the soup. 
15. Make some fried rice as an accompaniment and enjoy a simple Chinese meal.


Yield - 2 servings.

About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was " HOME MADE RESTAURANT STYLE FOOD " This was suggested by Aruna Saraschandra who blogs at Vasus Veg Kitchen 
This month I am paired with Kalyani Sri and she gave me RADISH and  CORN FLOUR (STARCH) as my secret ingredients. I chose to make this delicious Indo-Chinese Veg Manchow Soup which is my favourite.
Check out Kalyani Sri's Instant Pot Darshini Style Veg Pulao. It is so delicious.

30 comments:

  1. Manchow soup used to be my fav Indo Chinese soup while dining out .missed enjoying this piping hot soup during the pandemic times. Your pic and recipe has made me crave for some hot manchow soup

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    1. Yes Priya, in the pandemic times we really missed dining out. Slowly things are getting better now. Thanks for liking the soup recipe and you will definitely enjoy the restaurant style soup made at home.

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  2. Manchow soup looks super tasty with lovely presentation. Crispy noodles added is my favorite, love to have this soup anytime. Your recipe gives perfect restaurant style taste, must try recipe.

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  3. I love to make manchow soup at home but never tried to add radish in it. Would try it next time, love the beautiful colour of the soup.

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    1. Hope you enjoy the soup. Thanks for liking.

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  4. What always attracts me to order Manchow Soup at restaurants is the crunchy noodles on top. Now your recipe is tempting me to make this at home. Will do so before the cold season gets over.

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    1. Yes, soups are really enjoyable in winters specially such spicy ones.

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  5. our family fav soup. am loving this versio with radish , bookmarked with try soon. looks perfect!

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    1. I am sure you and your family will enjoy this home made one too.

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  6. Manchow soup is one of the favourites at home. Liked the addition of radish here, it must have given a good taste to the soup.

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  7. I enjoyed these at restaurants but never made at home. I love how you used radish in this recipe. Noe that I have your recipe, I would love to try this soon.

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  8. I love manchow soup because of crunchy fried noodles. But never tried at home. Soup looks so tempting. Thanks for the recipe. Now I have to try it soon.

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    1. Make and enjoy Sujata. You will surely like it.

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  9. Your Manchow soup sounds spicy and flavorful, though adding radish to manchow soup is new to me. The crispy fried noodles on the top makes it all the more desirable.

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    1. Thanks Poonam. Do make it and I am sure your family will love it.

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  10. Manchow soup is one of my favorite soups which I order when I go to Chinese restaurants. But I haven't tried to make one at home. Your recipe looks simple and I am going to try it.

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    1. Thanks Anu. It really comes out perfect. You will love it.

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  11. Manchow soup !! ahaaaaaaa I must admit that it is my most favorite soup...... Your recipe looks simple and easy to make

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  12. Manchow soup looks irresistible with the fried noodles on top. Thanks for sharing your easy recipe.Would love to try it at home soon.

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    1. Thanks Preethi. You will love it for sure.

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  13. Manchow soup is one of our favourite soup to order while dining out. I too make it at home sometimes but never added radish in it.Next time when I make it i will add some of it. Looks so flavourful and delicious.

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    1. Thanks Swati. Do share the feed back when you make. Hope you enjoy !

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  14. I love Manchow soup, and order it quite frequently while eating out. Love the way you have made it, especially the addition of radish. I'm sure it must have tasted absolutely delicious!

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    1. Thanks Priya. Yes, it does taste good with radish. My favourite soup too.

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  15. The moment winter is announced i love the warmth of the Manchow soup. It is so heartwarming to have this Indochinese recipe with a blaket to wrap around your feet.

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    1. True, hot soups are always comforting in winters.

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