Who doesn’t dread the daily question of what’s for dinner? If you’re searching for something that is easy, delicious and healthy then you have come to the right place. Now, more than ever, health has to be considered, both for the cook and those who will be eating the finished meals. Never underestimate the power of soups. Even just the smell of soups has the power to bring back memories instantly, and brings you back to a time of comfort and warmth.
Chicken and sweet corn soup originated in the southwest of China. What better dinner conversation starter than to inform your family or guests that they are sharing in a recipe that is from one of the oldest civilizations, as well as having some of the longest living humans. Corn is rich in starch, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is believed to protect against cancer and strengthens the brain and adding the egg makes it even more nutritious.
Ingredients for 4 servings
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1-2 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
8 cups chicken stock
1 can of creamed corn, or 150g of fresh corn
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white sugar
Green onions, finely chopped for garnish
Toasted sesame seeds (optional
Heat the oil in a deep pot and gently cook the cubed chicken, garlic and ginger on medium-low for 3-4 minutes without coloring it.
Blend the cornstarch, white sugar and cold water in a separate cup.
To the chicken and spice mixture add the chicken stock, then add the cornstarch mixture while stirring continuously and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for 5-7 minutes.
Beat together the eggs and lemon juice and slowly trickle into the soup pot. Stir with a chopstick or a fork in a one directional circular motion to create egg strands.
Remove from heat when the egg turns into a yellowish flower drifting wonderfully through the pot.
Drizzle with soy sauce and garnish with green onions. Serve prawn crackers and there you go, another soup that will find a spot in your everyday recipes – served with lovely memories on the side.