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Chinese-Style Minestrone Soup

Chinese-style Minestrone Soup
Chinese-style Minestrone Soup – Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, Onions, Tomatoes and Chicken

This soup is a huge cleaning-out-the-fridge exercise. I had a big bag of leftover potatoes and I suddenly thought of making this soup because I had something like this before when I was young and I remembered I love it. But my mum cut the vegetables to big chunks instead of small dices like what I did. So you can say this is a Chinese-Italian inspired recipe? :P The cooking is Chinese style, while cutting the vegetables to small pieces remind me of vegetable minestrone soup …. in fact, the taste also ends up a little similar to minestrone soup because of the diced vegetables and tangy taste of the tomato.

Oh my, it really taste so good… in my opinion, all the ingredients complement one another so well and the soup tastes nourishing & delicious. Our verdict – we love the soup so much that I can’t wait to make it again! ;)

Chinese-style Minestrone Soup

(Serves 2-3)

350g potatoes, peeled and then diced
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and then diced
1 tomato, cut to small wedges
1/2 chicken, cut to big chunks, skin removed
1.5l water
abit black pepper

1. Blanch chicken in boiling water for about 5 minutes, then rinse with cold water, set aside.
2. Fill pot with 1.5 litres water, add blanched chicken and the diced vegetables (that includes the potatoes & tomato).
3. Bring to a rapid boil for 10 minutes, then reduce to simmer for about at least another 45 minutes.
4. Add a bit of black pepper and season with salt to taste.

Cooking Notes
Try to cut the vegetables to uniform, small diced cubes like the spoonful shown in the first photo. In my opinion, the soup tastes better if the vegetables are diced, and it helps the vegetables to release more favour too. It does take a bit of time to cut all the vegetables though. So if you are running short of time, you can also use the faster way of cutting the vegetables to large chunks :)

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30 Responses to “Chinese-Style Minestrone Soup”

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  1. Su-Lin — June 12, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    :D I always make a soup similar to this when I’ve got no ideas in my head – one usually has most of the ingredients in one’s fridge!


  2. Rosabela — June 12, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

    What a wonderful soup! I love the its simplicity and the colours are very pleasing to the eye. Very soothing.


  3. lisaiscooking — June 12, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

    Your soup looks great! I love a mixed vegetable soup, and when everything is diced, you can fit a mix of ingredients in each spoonful. Delicious.


    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2009 @ 10:17 am

      Yes exactly. Otherwise, I won’t even eat the veggies if they are in chunks :D


  4. Joyce — June 12, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

    nice clean clear soup with veg and chicken. Comfort soup!


  5. Gera @ SweetsFoods — June 12, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    An ideal comfort & easy soup for my winter! I like minestrone soup but this twist Chinese-style gives a new dimension to it in flavors and colors. :lol:




    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2009 @ 10:19 am

      hehe … the Chinese style is actually the lazy style ;)


  6. Bob — June 12, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    I could go for a bowl of that right now, it’s cool and rainy here. :)


  7. Ching — June 12, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    What a nice bowl to warm up the body! It is cold and cloudy with a chance of rain as well.


  8. pigpigscorner — June 13, 2009 @ 2:45 am

    A great way of getting rid of random vegetable bits. Reminds me of ABC soup =)


    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2009 @ 10:22 am

      Now I realise another name for this soup ;D


  9. Juliana — June 13, 2009 @ 2:53 am

    Yummie! Love this kind of soup…light and healthy yet delicious. Nice pictures!


  10. Hehe, for us, too, having small dice is “fancier” because we’re usually lazy and resort to cutting everything in big pieces. =)


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