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Crab and Sweet Corn Soup

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

3 ears fresh tender corn or 400 g/14 oz can cream style corn
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
250 g/8 oz crab meat, fresh or frozen
3 tablespoons Chinese wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon oyster sauce or light soy sauce
salt and white pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions (scallion)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

Directions

Crab and Egg Soup

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Serves .

Ingredients

1 large or 2 medium crabs, cooked
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups chicken stock
salt and white pepper to taste
3 eggs
2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
4 spring onions (scallions), finely sliced
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

Directions

Chinese Chicken Stock

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Some butchers and delicatessens sell the off-cuts as soup pieces, and these are excellent for making stock.

Ingredients

1 large whole chicken or 2 kg/4 lb chicken soup pieces
2 spring onions with leaves
6 slices fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 sprigs celery leaves
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

Chicken Soup with Wolfberries

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Serves 2-3.

Ingredients

1 small roasting chicken
6 slices fresh ginger
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced
2 tablespoons Chinese wine or sherry
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons wolfberries
few drops oriental sesame oil

Directions

Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

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Ingredients

1 small roasting chicken
1 tablespoon dried lesser galangal slices
5 slices fresh ginger
5 pieces dried tangerine peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
2 tablespoons wolfberries (optional)

Directions

Cut off the tail of the chicken, taking care to cut high enough so that the two glands on either side are also eliminated. Remove fat from body cavity, and all the skin (except on the wings). Cut chicken into pieces through the bone, Chinese style.

Boxthorn Soup

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons oil
250 g/8 oz tender pork, sliced thinly
3 cups boxthorn leaves, washed and dried
6 slices fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups chicken or pork stock
2 teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste
few drops sesame oil

Directions

Adzuki Bean Soup

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/1 cup adzuki beans
2 tablespoons oil
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 carrot, finely diced
1 stick celery, diced
1 tablespoon Japanese soy sauce
1 tablespoon miso

Directions

Wash the beans and soak overnight. Drain, rinse and put into a pan with 1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups fresh water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour or until tender.

Abalone and Shiitake Soup

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If you want to make a can of this expensive ingredient go further than one dish, use the liquid from the can and the trimmings of abalone for this soup.

Serves 5-6.

Ingredients

Korean Cold Noodles in Soup

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This recipe should be started a day ahead, as the soup has to be chilled in order to remove all traces of fat. It would be a good idea to make more than is immediately needed and freeze the stock for future use.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Jeonbokjuk (Abalone Porridge)

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Ingredients

300 grams of fresh abalone
1 1/2 cup of rice
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
8 cups of water
1 tablespoon of salt

Directions