Chicken manchow soup recipe

Restaurant style chicken manchow soup

Chicken soup is everyone's favourite. It is for all the foodies and cooking enthusiastic. A perfectly balanced soup like chicken manchow soup is versatile, yummy and full of flavours. Finely chopped vegetables like cabbage, carrot, tomato seasoned with herbs like ginger, garlic green chilli and soya sauce simmer in stock water with small chicken cubes made this wonderful chicken manchow soup. If you have been looking for such a restaurant style chicken manchow soup then you have come to the right place. Here I bring you the step by step guide on how to make best chicken manchow soup.

Serving chicken manchow soup with fried noodles for chicken manchow soup recipe

Chicken manchow soup recipe with photos and video.

What is Manchow soup?

Chicken manchow soup is a a popular and flavorful Chinese-inspired soup that features tender pieces of chicken, variety of finely chopped vegetables, and a spicy and savory broth. This soup is known for its characteristic egg strands, which are created by gradually pouring beaten egg into the simmering soup while stirring. Manchow soup is often seasoned with ingredients like soy sauce, chili sauce, and vinegar to enhance its flavour.. This Soup is a hearty and comforting dish that is commonly enjoyed as an appetizer or a light meal, especially during colder weather.

Manchow soup is a popular fusion soup recipe of Indo Chinese Cuisines. It is hot and spicy made from variety of vegetables with both vegetarian and non vegetarian version. These variety of vegetables are simmered with herbs like ginger, garlic and chili and seasoned with salt ,pepper and  soya sauce.. Small cubes of chicken pieces are also simmered along with them. Beaten eggs are then gradually poured into the simmering soup while stiring.

Manchow soup is  considered as one of the best soup for cold and flu. Although Hot n Sour soup is treated as a best soup for cold and flu remedies. Chicken manchow soup also have some incredible health benefits.You can prepare this easy and delightful soup at your home quite comfortably with easily available ingredients from your kitchen pantry.

You can make both veg and chicken manchow soup with the same method of preparation .In veg manchow soup , different types of vegetables like beans, carrot, cabbage , mushroom and tomato are used. But in  chicken manchow soup in addition to the above ingredients  chicken and beaten egg are used .  Rest of the methods for both the soup are same.I am a die hard fan of this cooking style and being a Chef i rteally love to cook this Desi Chinese dishes very much. Stir fring them under high heat flame. Another my favorite dish is Dragon Chicken you can make it at home to surprise your family members.

 Ingredients required to make the soup
  • Chicken :  Chicken breast cut into small cube size pieces.
  • Vegetables : cabbage, carrot, tomato and mushroom finely chopped.
  • Herbs : finely chopped ginger, garlic, green chilly,, bamboo shoots and coriander leaves
  • Other ingredients : Soya sauce, salt, cooking oil and corn flour.
  • Egg : small portion of a beaten egg
How to serve the Soup

The best part of this soup is the way it is served. A small portion of crispy fried noodles is a side dish that you can serve with this soup. You can either top the soup with the noodles or keep it on side.Condiments like soya sauce,chilly sauce and vinegar can be placed along the side of this soup to adjust the flavour and spice level.

How to make fried noodle for chicken manchow soup?

Making fried noodles for manchow soup is very easy. First boil the noodles in water with some cooking oil till almost done. It will take around3 minutes to boil.Then immediately drain and wash them in cold water and spread out and dry them for 30 minutes.After that dust and toss the noodles with corn flour, 
Lastly heat oil in a kadai under medium flame heat and fry them for 2 - 3 minutes till crisp golden brown.

Storage suggestions

I personally do not suggest to store leftover soup like manchow, Hot n Sour and Lemon Coriander as these soup are made using slurry to thicken their consistency. Their consistency further thicken and increased when they become cold at room temperature. You can microwave or reheat them but there is always some difference in their taste and texture.

If you are planning to store the soup then keep the consistency of the soup thin. You can add some slurry while reheating the soup..Cool the soup quickly to room temperature within 2 hours and transfer to a airtight container and freeze it.When ready to consume, microwave it in defrost mode for 2 minutes or you can reheat it in a pan until the temperature reached above 70 degree C or piping hot. Do not add the fried noodles if storing it.

Steps to make the recipe

1. Preparation

You can either boil the chicken breast and then cut into small cubes size pieces and use the water as stock water in the soup. Or use raw after cutting into small pieces. I love to use the raw chicken while making the soup.

Heat oil in a wok or a pan and saute ginger and garlic in high flame. When  light brown add the chopped tomatoes and saute further for one minute till the tomatoes become translucent.
Sauteing tomatoes ginger garlic for chicken manchow soup recipe
If using raw chicken then add them now and saute stirring continuously in medium flame heat.

Sauteing raw chicken with tomatoes ginger garlic for chicken manchow soup recipe

Now add the chopped carrots, cabbage mushroom and bamboo shoots and saute further. Add green chili paste and mix well.

Sauteing chopped cabbage carrots mushroom and bamboo shoots for chicken manchow soup recipe

Add 1 cup water and simmer for a while then add salt and white pepper powder. You can use chicken stock or vegetable stock instead of water for the recipe. Simmer the soup for 1 more minute and add 1 teaspoon corn flour mixed water(slurry). See the thickness of the soup  and if required pour half teaspoon more corn flour slurry.

Simmering vegetables with corn starch water mixture for chicken manchow soup recipe

Now add the dark soya sauce into the soup and mix well . Adjust the colour of the soup and if required add little more soya sauce. Let it simmer for a while and then pour 2 teaspoon of beaten egg slowly into the soup by the side.

Pouring beat egg into soup for chicken manchow soup recipe

If you are using a boil chicken then add it now after pouring the beaten egg. Simmer and sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves and remove in a bowl and serve hot with fried noodles.

Chicken manchow soup topped with chopped coriander

How to make Chicken broth or stock water for Chicken Manchow Soup

If you have time then you can make a chicken broth for this recipe to make for yummy and delicious. Chicken broth or chicken stock water always best to use while making a chicken soup.  To make the stock you do not need much ingredients.

Heat some water in a deep vessel pan. Add roughly chopped some onion, carrot, one bay leaf, some crushed garlic cloves,crushed pepper and some chicken pieces. Let the mixture simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes under medium flame heat. Add some salt as per your taste. After that strain and remove the chicken pieces. You can shred the chicken with a fork and use as shredded  chicken and keep them on the side of the soup. It is best to use bone in chicken pieces to make a chicken stock for better taste and flavor.

Benefits of chicken manchow soup

This soup has full of healthy vegetables, nutrition and protein so it is considered as a healthy soup .  Herbs like ginger, green chili and coriander leaves has many health benefits as well.
  • Rich in protein : Chicken in the soup is a good source of lean protein which is a essential for muscle growth.
  • Vitamins and minerals : Chicken manchow soup typically contains variety of vegetables like carrot, cabbage and tomato. These veggies contributes essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, C and K as well as potassium and folate.
  • Immune boosting : Garlic and ginger are common ingredients in the soup known for their immune-boosting properties, which can help you keeing healthy. 
  • Manchow soup is a spicy and hot soup having ingredients like ginger which  is a natural way to treat nausea , a common flu symptom. 
  • It has  anti-inflammatory properties as well. Ginger can reduce the effect of sore throat as well and it has been widely used for sore throat since old ages.
  • Chilli used in this soup ensure that your nose start running and mucus starts moving. So it is good to have a chicken manchow soup for cold .
  • Manchow soup is good and helpful to weight loss as for its low calorie value. 
  • It has full of nutrient vegetables which can be effective to curb the appetite. It can keeps you full for longer time . Low calorie value is a plus point to weight loss . Don't take much fried noodles or avoid  completely with manchow soup for weight loss.
Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can i take Manchow soup in pregnancy ?

There is no problem if you take chicken manchow soup prepared at home during pregnancy. Although in restaurants , MSG is used in manchow soup preparation but there is no scientific research yet to confirm MSG's significant side effects.
The United States food and drug administration (FDA)  consider MSG to be generally recognised as safe. And requires manufacturer to feature added MSG on food lebels.

2. Difference between Hot n Sour soup and Manchow soup

These two soups are both hot and spicy and has some similarities in their preparation. Both of them have almost identical appearance .
The difference between them is that in hot n sour soup , red chilly sauce , vinegar and red chilly paste are used to prepare, whereas in manchow soup these are not used.
Hot n Sour soup is comparatively more hot and spicy than manchow soup.

3. What is the best soup to eat when sick 
Chicken manchow soup is one of the best soup to eat when sick. Because it has protein in chicken and antioxidants in vegetables that can make antibiotics to kill harmful bacteria and viruses. A healthy soup also provides a easy way  to digest nutrients we need when we are sick.

I personally love chicken manchow soup  for extra proteins with lots of healthy vegetables.  Love those small pieces of chicken  with this hot spicy soup.

Chicken manchow soup recipe

Chicken manchow soup serving with fried noodles

Chicken manchow soup is a popular fusion soup of Indo Chinese cuisine made using
 different types of vegetables like beans, carrots, cabbage, mushroom and tomato. Small cubes of chicken pieces are simmered with vegetables and herbs and seasoned with salt, pepper and soya sauce. Beaten eggs are used to make it.

Prep time     cooking time.     serving
10 min.          10 min.                    2
Author :- Mobasir hassan

  • 1 chicken breast piece
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped tomato
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped carrot
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped button mushroom
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped bamboo shoots
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/3 teaspoon green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon White pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoon Corn flour ( starch)
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fried noodles for serving
   How to make the recipe
  1. Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a wok or pan  in high flame and saute ginger and garlic till light brown.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till they are translucent in high flame.
  3. Now add raw chicken if using and saute further for 30 seconds.
  4. Mix the chopped carrot, cabbage, mushrooms and bamboo shoots. Add green chili paste and mix well.
  5. Pour 1 cup of water and simmer for a minute. Add salt and white pepper.
  6. Now pour the corn flour slurry(1 teaspoon corn flour mix with half cup water) into it.
  7. Check the thickness of the soup now if required add more slurry.
  8. Add the dark soya sauce and mix well.
  9. Now pour the beaten egg by the side and simmer for a minute. If using  boiled chicken then add them now.
  10. Check the seasoning and sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and remove.
  11. Serve the chicken manchow soup with fried noodles.

Chicken manchow soup recipe video

Calorie value (estimate only)
  • Calories :- 543.8 kcal
  • Carbohydrate :- 64.8 g | Fats :- 18.4 g
  • Protein :- 33.5 g
Calories in fried noodles :- 153 per 100g fried noodles.
    Serving tips 
  • Manchow soup is generally served with crisp fried noodles.
  • Soyaa sauce , vinegar and chilli water in small sauce bowl is also served along with chicken manchow soup.
Dipped fried noodles into chicken manchow soup

                                                          Recipe notes

  • You can use different types vegetables of your choice like beans , capsicum ,bell peppers. It is best to use raw chicken instead of pre boiled chicken pieces.
  • Adding mushroom and bamboo shoots  are optional . But these two are important ingredients for a authentic chicken manchow soup.
  • You can either fry steam noodles in oil till crisp golden brown to make fried noodles to served with chicken manchow soup.

 Bamboo shoots benefits 

• It is rich in vitamin B complex group of vitamins which are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
• It is one of the very low calorie vegetables 100 gm of fresh bamboo shoots holds only 27 kcal. So it is good for weight loss.
• Bamboo shoots is rich in minerals especially manganese and copper. It isa excellent source for potassium. 100 gm contains 533mg . Potassium is a important components of cells and body fluids.
• It is rich in dietary fiber also.

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