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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”

  1. The Food Addicts — June 13, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    it’s rare that i find a food blog with such beautiful photography! kudos to you! you sure don’t look like a noobie to me!


    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2009 @ 10:23 am

      Thank you for your kind words and for visiting me! :halo:


  2. food-4tots — June 14, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    This soup looks great! I also made the same soup for my family. Sometimes I will add oregano and bay leaves to make it taste “Italian”. Hehehe!


    • wiffy replied: — June 15th, 2009 @ 10:24 am

      What a coincidence, I just had an “Italian” version last night with diced tomatoes, pasta and bay leaves 8)


  3. tigerfish — June 15, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    I had a fridge clean-out before I went away for 1 week. Now I am back, need to stock up again!

    Everything in this soup is Minestrone….and agree with food-4-tots, maybe herbs will make it Italian :P


  4. Selba — June 15, 2009 @ 10:24 am

    A nice simple healthy soup :)


  5. foodbin — June 15, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    the soup looks warm and nutritious.


  6. HoppingHammy — June 15, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    You always use the cutest dishware sets! :XO: This looks delicious and healthy and your photos are top notch as always! :up:


    • wiffy replied: — June 16th, 2009 @ 9:01 am

      You are the one with top notch photography, Hopping :-) Thanks for your kind words as always :halo:


  7. didally — June 16, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    I like this soup too! My version is without chicken and potatoes. It’s simple and comforting. :-)


  8. Min — June 17, 2009 @ 11:01 pm

    this soup looks yummy and easy.. i’m one person whom don’t hv patient to dice my veg. hence they are mostly in chunks!


    • wiffy replied: — June 17th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

      chunks are nice too. I will cut to chunks next time if I want to save time hehe :-)


  9. brenn — April 9, 2010 @ 11:57 am

    wat a nutritious and easy to make soup…
    you can alway add some mini alphabets pasta to make it a more wholesome soup on its own…
    love ur recipes lotsa…



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