Vegetable Manchow Soup

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To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup.     – Laurie Colwin

Let’s talk hot soup!

Vegetable Manchow  Soup

I hope winter is treating you better.  Though this winter was not really that cold in my part of the world, I’m going “brrrrrr”! My husband and kids have a good laugh at times when they see me wearing at least 3 layers of cloth: D. Their laughs did not bother me much. I decided I will make a party out of it and wear my best stockings, sweaters, jackets, hats. I decided to love winters, embrace the cold and find beauty in the bleak skies. And even in the shorter days and the darker nights, I simply refuse to let the change of seasons bring down my spirits!

Vegetable Manchow  Soup

What comes to your mind when you think of cold, chilly nights? Cozy corners, blankets, and soups right? Yes, that’s what I thought! Cold winter nights are meant for having hot steaming soups in the dinner. All you need is a bowl of steaming hot soup to sip on while sitting under your favorite cozy blanket in your most comfortable position and watching your favorite soap opera or may be reading your favorite book while sipping this soup.

Vegetable Manchow  Soup

The easy option for me is of course mixed vegetable soup which is sour and spicy. Simple, hearty, yet light it is healthy and delicious too. And you know what s the best part about this soup? Those delicious crunchy fried noodles on the top! I always ask the waiter to give me an extra bowl of those crispy noodles every time we eat out in a Chinese restaurant. I can munch on and finish like 2 full blows of it alone. Do you do that as well? Those crunchy noodles drenching in hot super comforting soup can make you drool even at 3 AM! :D

Vegetable Manchow  Soup

With loads of veggies, topped with some fried noodles, it will brighten up a chilly damp day for sure. Serve this as a beginning to an Indo-Chinese meal or make it in a large pot, filled with lots of vegetables to make a soupy meal by itself.

This is how I made my Vegetable Manchow Soup


2 Carrots

10 green beans

25 grams (1/4 cup) cabbage

25 grams (1/4 cup) white spring onions

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon garlic

1 tablespoon dark soy sauce

1 teaspoon white vinegar

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon pepper powder

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon corn flour

¼ cup water + extra

Green spring onions for garnish

½ cup fried noodles


1.Wash all the vegetables(onions, ginger, garlic, carrots, beans, cabbage) and chop them very fine.

  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add ginger, garlic and onions to hot oil. Saute till onions turns pink.
  1. Add all the finely chopped vegetables along with salt and pepper powder. Cook on high flame for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  1. Add soy sauce and vinegar. Mix well. Add water as required and bring it to boil.
  1. Add corn flour to water and mix well making sure no lumps are present. Add it to the soup stirring constantly as you add. Let it simmer for another 3 to 5 minutes.
  1. Cook noodles in water as per packet instructions and then drain it. Fry the noodles in hot oil until crisp. Remove from oil and drain it on paper towel.
  1. Once soup is ready, check for seasoning. Turn off the stove.
  1. Pour hot soup into serving bowls, top it with fried noodles and green spring onions. Serve immediately.


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10 Responses

  1. Meena Kumar says:

    Lovely soup and u are the queen of tempting with food and awesome white prop pics these days :)

    • jyothirajesh says:

      aww you are very sweet to call me queen Meena. I am a newbie who is just experimenting with white on white photography. Thanks though :D

  2. Khushboo says:

    Jyoti , the soup looks very soothing , excellent clicks – white on white is on my to do list for a long time.

    • jyothirajesh says:

      Thanks a lot Kushboo. I’m a newbie when it comes to white on white, just been experimenting it and it’s pretty amazing to work on white on white photography :)

  3. I love your spirit, Jyothi! I need to take notes from you to get through this bleak winter. Gorgeous soup and pictures. I really want to try the recipe.

    • jyothirajesh says:

      hehehe, I do have mood swings in this weather too Linda! Some days there is positive energy and those days are good! This was on of those days where I took everything on a positive note and enjoyed the day :)

  4. Revathi says:

    Such a delicious bowl of soup. Right now for the cold weather, I see my name written all over it. The white on white presentation is so beautiful. Love it :-)

  5. Gorgeous Soup for this weather… Lovely Pictures my dear !!

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