Popular Soups in China:
Vegetable and Tofu
Hot and Sour
Tomato and Egg
Seaweed and Egg
Sweet Corn Soup
Chinese name: 粟米羹 (sù mǐ gēng)
Characteristics: Sweet Corn Soup tastes sweet and smooth and provides rich nutrition.
Sweet Corn Soup is basically just corn and egg. Corn is rich in starch, protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber. It whets one's appetite, protects against cancer and strengthens the brain. With the addition of the egg, it is really nutritious.
1 can corn or 150 g fresh corn kernels
wet corn starch (the proportion of cornstarch and water is ususally 1:2)
chicken essence (chicken stock/bouillon)
Note: the amount of the ingredients especially the seasonings listed above can be appropriately used according to one's personal taste.
Place a wok over high heat. Add half a wok of water. Pour in the corn kernels when the water is boiling. Stir and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain the corn through a colander. Put into a plate or a bowl.
Crack eggs into a bowl and beat. Pour the boiled corn kernels on the chopping board and chop well. Put back into the bowl.
Place the wok over high heat and add in 2 cups of water. Pour in the chopped corn. Add in white sugar, salt and chicken essence, and boil for 10-15 minutes. Then add in the wet cornstarch to thicken it. Pour in the beaten egg. Turn off the heat when the egg turns into yellowish flower floating about.
Follow this Sweet Corn Soup recipe, you will finish your soup easily. Spoon it out of the wok and serve it in a soup bowl.
On June 18, 2013, a small group from Australia including Mr. Scott, Ms. Julie, Mr. Raymond and Ms. Helen joined our cooking class during the private family visit with us in Xian. Chatted with the hostess to know Chinese people’s life, they also learnt to cook Sweet Corn Soup and Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple. The process of cooking was fun and it was really an interesting group activity to introduce foreigners to Chinese basic home food.
On Feb. 24, 2013, a small tour group including the Bolands from Ireland, Mr. Russell and Ms. Janet from USA, and other guests from UK, Canada, Australia, etc. had an enthusiastic reception when they visited a local family in Xian specially selected by TravelChinaGuide. At the family, they knew more about Chinese people's eating habits and learned a few tricks of Chinese cooking while learning to cook Sweet Corn Soup and Chinese Dumplings from the hostess. The Bolands wrote in their feedback letter "Without hesitation, I would advise anyone in a similar situation to use your company…We were amused by the 'delicious meals in a posh restaurant' … the meals were absolutely delicious! ".
On Apr. 16, 2012, Mr. Carroll & Ms. Jane from USA were taken into a native Xian family's home to know about the Chinese people's life and to learn their favorite Chinese dishes, including Shredded Pork with Sweet Bean Sauce, Sweet Corn Soup & Cold Sesame Spinach. Ms. Jane, being a cooking lover, said that it was a great experience for her.