Hot soups bring comforting warmth during the cold winter months and vegetable manchow soup is one of the favorite soups we enjoy. Vegetable manchow soup is a spicy, hot and sour indo-chinese soup loaded with crunchy vegetables flavored with soy sauce and vinegar and thickened with a cornstarch or arrowroot mixture. Once you have relished the indo-chinese flavors, your palate will crave for more….
This soup is my go to comfort food when i am suffering from stuffy nose or a bad throat infection! All that ginger and garlic almost works like magic potion and the veggies sure fill me up when i am not in the mood to eat anything heavier. This recipe is very easy, basically you can add any veggies that are available in your refrigerator. I usually add carrots, french beans, mushrooms, cabbage, capsicum, spring onions, broccoli, and anything else that is available at the time. I generously add lots of ginger and garlic, which makes the soup come to life!! Now lets make some soup, its an ideal meal in itself!
1/4 cup cabbage finely chopped
1/4 cup carrots finely chopped
1/4 cup bell pepper finely chopped
1/4 cup mushrooms finely chopped
1/4 cup onions finely chopped
3 tbsp green onions (finely chopped)
1 tbsp garlic finely minced
1 tbsp ginger finely minced
2-3 tbsp cilantro finely minced
2-3 jalapeños finely minced
3 cups of vegetable stock or water
2 tbsp of EVOO
2 tsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of vinegar
2 tbsp of cornstarch or arrowroot in 1/4 cup of water – thickener for the soup
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
Heat oil in a deep medium size pan. Once hot, add finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies. Saute for a minute on high heat. Add all the chopped vegetables for couple of minutes – make sure you don’t overcook because you need little crunch from the vegetables in the soup.
Add 3 cups of vegetable stock or water to the vegetable and bring it to boil. Add all the seasonings and vinegar. Adjust salt, soy sauce, vinegar to get a balance flavor. Stir in corn starch or arrowroot paste to the soup and heat till it thickens. If you want a thicker soup, add more corn starch or arrowroot. Mix well until heated through, garnish with chopped green onions or cilantro and serve piping hot soup by it self or with dumplings.