Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chicken corn soup

Chinese population is one of the largest growing community in the city of Greater Toronto Area.  According to the stats, In the next few years the number of Mandarin and Cantonese speaking people are going to increase. Lot of Chinese people come straight from Mainland China  to Canada, without basic English  knowledge. Most of them cannot speak proper english, except for those who are educated here .  The reason I am giving this details is that I have terrible problem understanding and communicating with them. One funny incident took place which I would like to share.......

  One day, my hub took me to an authentic chinese restuarant.   One chinese guy came to take our order. We asked for chicken corn soup. That guy was not following what we want.... and was trying to say something in chinese, which we were not following....we had to use the non-verbal communication i.e sign language to place our order. Still he was not getting...We took  the menu card but it was all written in chinese.  Quickly, my hub went to the display board to show and try to explain what we want.  Luckily, there were pics on it.  Finally, the Chinese guy understood .  I was just eagerly waiting for my soup to arrive.... There you go...., my order was placed on the table.  We opened it, it was some boiled beef liver... ha..ha...ha...we had to simply pay for it and get out....

Chicken pieces / drumsticks - 3
Corn starch - 1 tbsp
Egg - 1
Water - 2/ 3 glasses
White/ black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Corn kernals - 1/4 cup
Green onion - finely chopped - 1 tsp
Carrot - finely grated -  1 tsp

Boil the chicken with enough water, approx 2 glasses of water. Add salt. ( pressure cook it to speed up the process of cooking) Once it is cooked thorougly, take out the chicken and debone. Shredd the chicken in very thin strips.

Combine chicken broth, corn kernals, and chicken pieces in a large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch and mix it well without any lumps. Add it to the soup. This will thicken the soup.

Take egg white in a bowl and beat till it is foamy; Add the beaten egg slowly into the soup, stirring continously at this point..

Reduce heat to simmer and cook. Add pepper before serving. Ladle soup into individual bowls and garnish with green onion and shredded carrot. Serve hot.

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