Sunday, January 30, 2011

In Chicken Manchow Soup

I love Chicken Manchow Soup .
Whenever I go out to dine , my meal always starts with Chicken Manchow soup unless there is a daring friend that wants to try some new variety of soup .
But there is one small worry about having Chinese too often - the harmful ingredient monosodium glutamate or ajinomoto that gives all chinese dishes that wonderful tangy flavor. So when I came across this Chicken Manchow soup recipe that did not include ajinomoto , I wanted to try it out.

Only 1 ingredient seemed inaccessible. Chicken stock - 4 cups.
Now where would I get chicken stock in Mangalore. I went to the best supermarkets in the city hunting for chicken stock.
The first stop was Nilgiris in Kankanady. Nopes . no chicken stock . But I found Maggi Chicken Stock tables.
"Free of Preservatives" was stamped in bold on the tiny pack. I just had to add those 2 tablets to 4 cups of water. Perfect . The rest of the ingredients were easy .
1 tsp each of finely chopped ginger , garlic ,green chillies .
1 tbsp coriander
2 tbsp each of cabbage , capsicum , mushroom , french beans , carrots and spring onions .
1 tsp pepper .
1 tsp soy sauce (I skipped this ).
4 tbsp cornflour mixed well in 1 cup water.
1 cup cooked chicken pieces

I got all my ingredients ready .
After stir frying the ginger, garlic and green chillies for 2 mins I added all the veggies and pepper and stir fried for another 2 mins.
Then added the chicken and the chicken stock and brought it to boil.
Tasted a little . Wow it was good.
It dint need salt . That Maggi stock had enough salt.
Last thing - to add that cornflour mixed water.
And my soup was ready :)
Tasted just like the the soup in those swanky restaurants.
That too with no Ajinomoto and Soy Sauce.

I gave myself a pat on the back and started cleaning up.
The maggi stock packet was lying there. I was about to throw it away when out of curiosity I searched for the ingredient list.
And there printed in minutest of font in the inner fold of the packet, among the list of ingredients , was this -
flavor enhancers (monosodium glutamate , disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate) :-X

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