Manchow Soup
Manchow Soup is another popular soup recipe from Indian chinese cuisine. This hot and spicy veg soup is perfect to serve as an appetizer or with the main course like hakka noodles or fried rice during cold winter days.
For Crispy Noodles
100 gms Hakka Noodles, boiled
1 tablespoon Cornflour (cornstarch)
Oil, for deep frying
For Soup:
2 tablespoons Cornflour (corn starch)
1/2 tablespoon Oil
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped Garlic
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped Ginger
1 medium Onion, finely chopped (approx. 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped Carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped Green Beans
1/4 cup finely chopped Capsicum
1/4 cup finely chopped Tomato
1/3 cup finely chopped Cabbage
2 tablespoons finely chopped Coriander Leaves, optional
2 cups Vegetable Stock or Water
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 teaspoons Chilli Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
A pinch of Black Pepper Powder
1-2 tablespoons finely chopped Green Onion, optional
Salt to taste
  1. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cornflour(cornstarch) over boiled noodles. Toss them well to coat each noodle with flour evenly. Deep fry the noodles in hot oil until crispy. (See the step by step photos and detailed directions for “crispy noodles“.)
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons cornflour(cornstarch) with 1/4 cup water and keep aside. Make sure that there are no lumps.
  3. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a deep pot or a kadai over medium flame. Add 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic, 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped ginger and 1 finely chopped onion. Sauté until onion turns translucent, for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped carrot, 1/4 cup finely chopped green beans, 1/4 cup finely chopped capsicum, 1/4 cup finely chopped tomato and 1/3 cup finely chopped cabbage.
  5. Sauté until all veggies are cooked but still crunchy, for approx. 2-minutes.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Add 2 cups vegetable stock or water.
  8. Add 2 teaspoons chili sauce and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce.
  10. Mix well and let the soup cook over medium flame.
  11. When the soup starts boiling, add cornflour-water mixture and mix well. Stir continuously for a minute to prevent any lumps formation.
  12. Add a pinch of black pepper powder and salt to taste.
  13. Add 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion.
  14. Let the soup cook until it starts to thicken. It will take 3-5 minutes. Turn off the flame. Manchow Soup is ready for serving. Transfer it to individual serving bowls and garnish with green onions and fried noodles.
Tips and Variations:
  • Add fried noodles to the soup just before the serving else they will turn soggy.
  • Add vegetables like baby corns, mushrooms, sweet corns, etc. for variation.
  • This soup has a thicker consistency. If you want thin soup, add 1 teaspoon less cornflour (cornstarch).
  • For better flavor, use vegetable stock instead of water.
Taste:  Hot and Spicy with Crunchy Noodles
Serving Ideas: Serve Manchow Soup as a starter with the Indo Chinese main course like vegetable hakka noodles and vegetable Manchurian or Schezwan fried rice or Vegetable Fried Rice.

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