Recipe

Chicken and corn soup

A light and clear traditional Chinese soup, your dinner guests will love this delicious chicken and corn soup, straight from The Australian Women's Weekly Chinese Cooking Class book.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 2 hrs cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Chicken and corn soup
  • 1 kilogram chicken (or chicken pieces)
  • 2 litre water
  • 2.5 centimetre piece green ginger
  • 1 onion
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 470 gram can creamed corn
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 tablespoon cornflour
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoon water, extra
  • 2 slice ham
  • 5 shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated green ginger, extra
  • 4 shallots, extra

Method

Chicken and corn soup
  • 1
    Put chicken or chicken pieces into saucepan and add water, peppercorns, peeled and sliced ginger, peeled and quartered onion, parsley and salt. Bring to boil over medium heat and skim well to remove any scum; reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, for one and a half hours. Remove any scum from top of stock, strain and reserve six cups of the stock.
  • 2
    Combine in a large saucepan the reserved chicken stock, creamed corn, crumbled stock cubes, extra ginger, chopped shallots, salt, pepper and sesame oil and bring to boil. Mix cornflour to smooth paste with the four tablespoons of water; add to soup, stir until soup boils and thickens and then reduce heat, simmering for one minute.
  • 3
    Beat egg whites and extra water lightly and add to soup in a thin stream, stirring well.
  • 4
    Remove meat from chicken or chicken pieces, shred finely (you'll need about one cup shredded chicken). Add thinly sliced ham and chicken meat to soup, heat gently. Top with extra chopped shallots.

Notes

The base of most Chinese soups is a good chicken stock; a whole chicken can be used. Some of the meat, when cooked, can be shredded and added to the soup with the remainder used for another meal. However, chicken pieces will serve the same purpose. You will need about 1kg (2lb) of chicken pieces. Economical chicken backs give good stock.

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