A delicious and comforting Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup using fresh corn. It’s so easy to make this classic Chinese takeaway dish at home, plus it is healthier and fresher!
CUTTING THE CORN
* Removing the corn kernels from the cob can be a messy task. One trick is to use a bundt pan or ring pan – place the corn cob into the hole of the bundt or ring pan, and carefully slice off the kernels, allowing them to fall into the pan.
* Another method is to place the corn lengthwise on the cutting board and to slice off the kernels as close to the cob as possible. Cutting the corn lengthwise is safer than cutting it while holding it upright.
USING FROZEN CORN
If you are short on time, you could also use 2 cups frozen corn kernels for similar results.
USING LEFTOVER CHICKEN
Quite often, I omit the chicken from the recipe, but I will add shredded chicken from a leftover roast chicken or rotisserie chicken.
MAKE IT VEGETARIAN
Use a vegetable broth and omit the chicken from the recipe.
MAKE IT MY MOTHER’S WAY
1. Omit the chicken stock, water and chicken breasts from the above recipe.
2. Start by placing 1 whole chicken (about 1kg or 2 lb) in a large pot, and barely cover it with water (about 1.5 litres or 6 cups).
3. Add the corn cobs, white spring onions (scallions), garlic cloves, ginger, and coriander (cilantro) roots.
4. Bring the pot to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
5. Remove any impurities from the stock as it simmers, and let everything simmer for about 1 to 1.5 hours, or until the chicken is tender.
6. Remove the chicken and set it aside to rest.
7. Remove and discard all of the flavourings in the stock (you can strain the stock into a clean pot, if you wish).
8. Add the corn kernels, together with 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 tablespoons shaoxing wine.
9. Taste for seasoning. You may need to add more water if the broth is too concentrated.
10. Proceed as per the rest of the recipe above.
To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.