Monday, 2 February 2009

Sweetcorn Soup

Ah, winter. I've never seen so much snow in my life as I did this morning. Of course, it didn't help that I wasn't at home - I had a 1 hour tube journey (usually 20 mins), a 45 minute boat ride and then a 3 mile walk home. It took me the best part of 4 hours. Granted, I did get to walk through Greenwich Park and see all the kids squeal as they went down hills in sleds, but it certainly didn't help that I was in Converse trainers, the most inappropriate footwear for snow.

So when I got home, my poor little toes were frozen through. I needed sustenance, and I needed it quick, so what better than a hearty bowl of soup?

Most people will have had chicken and sweetcorn soup at the local Chinese restaurant, and this recipe is loosely based around this, but I think it's more flavoursome and less gloopy. Sweetcorn is a favourite of mine - especially steamed on the cob, slathered in butter, salt and a light sprinkle of chilli flakes, or even a squeeze of lime. The egg in the soup isn't entirely necessary, but it makes it lovely and rich.

Sweetcorn Soup

Serves 2

1 can of creamed corn (you can buy this in Tescos, or the local Oriental supermarket)
150mls vegetable stock
200gr frozen sweetcorn
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
1 spring onion, sliced on the diagonal
Small bunch of coriander, chopped
Pinch of white pepper
Pinch of chilli flakes
Sprinkle of sesame seeds
Splash of soy sauce
1 egg
1 tsp cornflour, slakened

In a saucepan, heat some oil and fry the shallot until softened. Add the vegetable stock, then the creamed corn, and the sweetcorn. Simmer gently for 10 - 15 minutes. Add the slakened cornflour to thicken, and once it has (but not too gloopy), whisk the egg until frothy, and very slowly drizzle into the soup, so that you get a stringy effect. Take off the heat, ladle into bowls, and garnish with the spring onion, coriander, chilli flakes, pepper and sesame seeds. Add soy to taste. Easy!


Anonymous said...

mmmmm ... this reminds me of home :) my mummy used to make this for a quick dinner ... I especially love the egg in it - stringy effect :)

hope ya enjoyed the snow.

Anonymous said...

Ok so this sounds super simple, and I love creamed corn, how was it really?

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever had a Chinese sweetcorn soup - might have to try it at home! Another soup that I've never had is eggdrop soup but I think that's a more North American thing.

Unknown said...

I have a recipe for a similar soup but had been unable to find creamed corn (none in waitrose) thanks for the tip on tesco. You have inspired me to whip up a batch - the perfect antidote to this winter weather.

Anonymous said...

Oooh this looks like a filing winter warmer, will be on the lookout for the mysterious creamed corn.

Like Joel mentioned above, it looks simple enough, and quick enough too. Time to find a flask and and have a winter warmer lunch!