March 3, 2013

Cheesy Manchow Soup

Soups. That quintessentially popular & comforting food. Classified mostly seasonally as Summer Soups (mostly broths) and Winter soups (Shorbas and the filling and thick creamy ones),.there are some eternal favourites in every family - like Tomato Soup, Cream of Corn, Veg Clear Soup and today's Manchow soup. Throw in some cheese and you have kids lapping up a hearty bowl of veggies without much fuss. 

So, a simple Cheesy manchow soup that works well both as a pre-dinner snack or as an appetiser. Addition of cheese is optional. But as I was going easy on the Soy Sauce and other additives, cheese more than made up for the flavour. Which is why I didnt end up with a dark looking Manchow soup but more healthy filled with veggies. I teamed this up with some pull apart bread and we had a fab weekend dinner. Sending this to Blogging Marathon (BM # 26) under "Soups & Salads" theme this week. Check the fellow marathoners here.

Prep time : 15 mins | Cook time : 15 mins | Serves : 4
Serving suggestions : Croutons / Bread sticks / Home baked or store bought fresh bread
Difficulty level : Easy


Veggies (all mixed 2 cups in raw form) : Finely Shredded cabbage, julienned Carrots, Finely chopped french beans.
Onions - 1 large - minced fine
Capsicum / bell pepper - 1/2 chopped fine
Garlic - 3 to 4 pods, minced fine
Fresh grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
Green chillies - 1 or 2, adjust spice (ignore if using green chilli sauce)
Veg Stock - 3 cups 
Olive Oil - 2 TBSP
Soya Sauce - 1/2 TBSP
Tomato Ketchup - 1 to 1.5 TBSP
Corn flour  - 1/2 TBSP (or more depending on how thick you want the soup)
Salt - to taste

Garnish : Spring Onion greens, Grated Cheese (I used normal processed Cheese cubes)
Additional Topping : Fried Noodles (I ran out of Noodles, so didnt add)

Wash,shred all veggies (mixed veggies).
Bring a large soup pot or a saucepan to boil with 4 to 4 1/2 cups of water. Add little salt and tip in the mixed veggies. Let it cook for 6 - 8 mins till crunchy but not fully done. Strain the water - you should end up with approx 3 cups of stock. Reserve.
In a wok, heat oil. Fry garlic, ginger till smell disappears. now add onions and bell pepper and fry till crunchy. Add the soya sauce, salt  & tomato ketchup. Mix well.
If using add the green chilli sauce, else tip in the chillies and saute for 1 min.
Now add the blanched veggies and saute for further 2-3 mins. Check for salt and spice.
Add the veg stock and let it come to boil. 
Mix the cornflour in 1 to 2 TBSP of water and add to thicken the soup. Let it simmer for 2-3 mins more.
Adjust spice once more
Garnish with fresh spring onion greens and grated cheese. If using Noodles, fry a handful of Hakka Noodles in oil and top before serving.
Serve hot :-)


  1. an all time fav with husband, though personally i feel this soup is not really soup in the sense of light meal, it is more than a meal packed in itself, you have added cheese to it which was i believe the missing ingredient, looks delicious

  2. Want to slowly slurrpp this down and enjoy it!

  3. A really beautiful appetizing click, Kalyani. Love it! That cheese on top looks nice!

  4. Slurppppp...delicious soup dear.

  5. love that cheesy click!...and this truly is a complete meal, n a healthy one!

  6. Slurp..literally drooling here..Looks delicious..

  7. Picture has turned out really so well Kalyani..great job...

  8. Soup looks so healthy & yummy....:-)

  9. I too prepared this the other day.
    Healthy as it's full of veges.

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  10. looks so healthy and delicious

  11. This is so healthy Kalyani and your pic makes me drool:-)

  12. Healthy one and simply cool.

  13. Give me that bowl, definitely will keeps me warm and comfort.

  14. Nice click.. and a healthy soup.Book marked

  15. Kalyani, that sounds delicious and perfect for a cold winter's day!

  16. Yummy! This is a one pot meal. Love the idea of using fried hakka noodles in the soup :)

  17. A very comforting soup indeed!

  18. Very comforting bowl of soup. Loved the click with cheese on top. Looks absolutely inviting..

  19. My fav. soup, looks so inviting.

  20. A certainly awesome-ly slurp-y bowl of goodness.

  21. Lovely click, Kalyani.....and a very comforting looking bowl of soup.

  22. very comforting and so good for winter!!!
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  23. I love soups.. and this one looks yummy and awesome..

  24. Soup looks delicious..

  25. I love this soup & the broth texture is so good.


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