Sunday, November 1, 2009

Vegetable Manchow Soup

Weather is just getting perfect for soups like this..Vegetable Manchow soup is our family's favourite among different soups I make, where it becomes just perfect to have most of the veggies..with very little cornflour, just enough that it looks almost looks more clear than thick...Enjoy this perfect winter & health treat..

MSG is it safe for you ? Your opinions/ suggestions/pros-cons welcome..
Most of us know Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is "generally recognized as safe," the use of MSG remains controversial.
MSG has been used as a food additive for decades. Over the years, the FDA has received many anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG. But subsequent research found no definitive evidence of a link between MSG and the symptoms that some people described after eating food containing MSG. As a result, MSG is still added to some foods. A comprehensive review of all available scientific data on glutamate safety sponsored by the FDA in 1995 reaffirmed the safety of MSG when consumed at levels typically used in cooking and food manufacturing. The report found no evidence to suggest that MSG contributes to any long-term health problems, such as Alzheimer's disease. But it did acknowledge that some people may have short-term reactions to MSG. These reactions — known as MSG symptom complex — may include: Headache, sometimes called MSG headache, Flushing,Sweating,Sense of facial pressure or tightness,Numbness, tingling or burning in or around the mouth, Rapid, fluttering heartbeats (heart palpitations),Chest pain,Shortness of breath,Nausea,Weakness,Symptoms are usually mild and don't require treatment. However, some people report more severe reactions. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid foods containing MSG. When MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that "monosodium glutamate" be listed on the label — or on the menu, in restaurants. Please let us know about anything you might know about MSG..which could be beneficial to our readers...


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Ingredients:


1 Tbsp Canola Oil
2 Tbsp fresh garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
2 C spring onions, finely chopped, set aside white & green separately
5 C Vegetable stock/water
2 C mixed vegetables (carrot, bellpepper, french beans,cauliflower & cabbage), finely chopped
1 Tbsp Ming's dark soya sauce
1 Tbsp red chilli sauce/ OR Tomato ketchup & avoid adding sugar
1/4tsp sugar if using red chilli sauce
2 Tbsp cornflour (thickening agent)
1 Tbsp vinegar/ fresh lemon juice
1/2 C coriander, chopped
2 pinches of black pepper powder
Noodles can also be added, just boil it, deep fry when cold. (optional)
Salt to taste


Method:


1.. Heat oil in a pot. Add ginger, garlic, green chilli and spring onion the whites & black pepper powderfor approximately 2 mins.
2.. Add vegetables then the stock/water,now add salt and bring to a boil. Add soya sauce,chilli sauce, sugar, and simmer for 4-5 mins.
3.. In a cup mix cornflour in 2-3tbs water mix it well, avoid any lumps, now add this mixture to soup. Let it cook untill it gets slightly thick.
4.. Remove from flame, now add vinegar and garnish with spring onion greens,fried noodles and serve hot with Vegetable Chinese Rice.

44 comments:

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Soup looks so good. Nice recipe. Picture looks so appetizing. Nice reading abt MSG.....

Sanghi said...

soup looks delicious!

Pavani said...

Slurp.. Slurp.. Soup looks perfect for this chilly weather.

Gulmohar said...

Very tempting soup.I am also confused after reading lots of research results about MSG's effect. Maybe we should go back to the age old technique of using sea weed extracts????

Prathibha said...

The soup looks great dear..nice appetizer..I try avoiding using it in my cooking generally

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Iam drooling....

chakhlere said...

OMG...soup looks sooooooo yummy!! want to have that bowl now!!

Nice write up on Msg.

Tina said...

Perfect and refreshing soup.....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

soups looks and sounds good! I too dont know much abt MSG,but I try avoiding as much as possible! thanks for the info !!

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely soup,Manchow soup is my fav and order it everytime i go to a chinese restaurent...thanks for the recipe,will try it at home this time..looks delicious

Soma Pradhan said...

Loking Nice anc colorful..

Soma Pradhan said...

Looing Nice and colorful..

Suparna said...

just the perfect thing for the season dear :)
beautiful pics

Anncoo said...

SOoo appetizing! You'll never find MSG in my kitchen. Even the chicken powder is no MSG added.

Katy ~ said...

Your blog is visually stunning with terrific and healthy vegetarian recipes. I am so delighted that you stopped by my blog and left a comment so that I could find you, too. I am very interested in your style of cooking as we definitely do not make enough (tasty!) use of our vegetables, so I know I will be able to come here for excellent ideas.

Thank you so much for your efforts. It is appreciated.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

MSG - knowing the controversy , I avoid it. After all why be sorry later...
The soup looks lovely and easy to put together. Time for soups right ?

Vrinda said...

I am not a soup fan,lovely soup and looks perfect...

Shri said...

Soup looks very tempting.And yes, the weather is so perfect for soups!

Anupama said...

Looks very good! Tempting as well!

Pari said...

Hi. This is my favorite soup dear and so beautifully presented. congrats on winning health nut.Nice read on MSG.

Poornima Nair said...

It's our favorite soup too, looks so inviting.
We only add a pinch of MSG, and I guess thats ok as long as ur not allergic to it. It gives great flavor.

lata raja said...

warm and inviting soup. I have been apprehensive about using MSG. But there is a faction who canvass for it too. Hope someone has good information that might help.

Ann said...

Perfect for the weather.. looks warm and comforting

Ambika said...

Such an appetizing soup!!!

Sangeetha Subhash said...

Thats a lovely soup,perfect for weather...Looks so healthy and delicious!

Cardamom said...

This is lovely! Thanks for the MSG info.I try and avoid it, even though some think its safe....but it can be hard at times when we are surrounded by processed foods.

-trupti

Renu said...

nice info on MSG. Once again wonderful recipe and picture...

Priya said...

Looks very prefect for my sore throat, yummy!

kitchen queen said...

the soup looks yummy and healthy.you can visit my blog and give ur comments.

Mriganayani said...

Looks Awesome. I wish I can have it for lunch now.

It beats me how there are commercials in Indian TV channels for MSG - they suggest we use it in everything from rasam, sambar to vegetables and soups and all sorts of food.

If I have to vote - I'm against it.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

very new to me.. but looks inviting :)

Padma said...

Perfect soup for this cold weather ... looks so nice in color and delicious.

Nandini said...

Wow! Soup looks yummy! It's really cold here and I want that soup badly!

Uma said...

that's a lovely soup!! Thanks for so much useful info reg. MSG! Heard a lot about it.

Anshika said...

I absolutely love all type of chinese soups because of their hot n spicy flavor. I was missing monchow soup from a long time. Thanks for reminding me.

Sush said...

MSG!!, I was advised "Not to consume food that has MSG" by my doctor during my pregnancy.So.., there must be a reason.., what say?? I have stopped using MSG at home since then :)
Soup looks soo inviting & I'm all drooling here..

Vidya Rao said...

Looks perfect...will try it sometime!

notyet100 said...

soup looks warm nd comforting,..:-)

SE(Denufood) said...

very comforting..though I am avoiding even soya

Angie's Recipes said...

I haven't had this soup before..looks quite delicious yet easy to make.

Spice said...

It sure look yummy...No MSG in my kitchen infact never cooked with it....correct me if i'm wrong is this soup same as Hot'n'Sour or is it different...b'coz with it's look & recipe, to me it's kind of same i make but in delhi side it's hot'n'sour not manchow....

my kitchen said...

Tempting soup,worth trying

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Wow! this a excellent and perfect soup for this cold weather, i'm bookmarking it...

Ashwini said...

wonderful soup... thanks for the info abt msg..

 
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