Ahhh, Chinese Fun See Soup. Delicious and easy to make.
Although Chinese restaurants seem to whip out a huge variety of Chinese food in a very short time, this does not mean that making Chinese food is usually quick work. On the contrary… to make a full-on Chinese dinner at home consumes a lot of time. The restaurants are so fast because they have a lot of their food and sauces pre-prepared and ready to go. As a result, their professional cooks can really crank out the dinners. Don’t expect the same at home.
Fun See Soup is one of the exceptions to the long-time preparation rule. This delicate Chinese soup is quick to make and a sure crowd pleaser.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
4 ounces rice vermicelli (That’s what Chinese “Fun See” is. If your supermarket doesn’t carry this in their Asian food section, check out any Asian food market).
1. Soak the above vermicelli rice noodles in cold water for 15 minutes, and then drain off the water. Next, cut the vermicelli into 3″ pieces and set it aside.
4 14-ounce cans fat-free chicken broth
2 chicken broth cans of water
2. Put the above chicken broth and water in a pot and bring it to a boil.
2 cups thin-sliced uncooked white chicken meat
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch, blended with twice the amount of water
3. While the chicken broth is soaking, mix the above chicken, salt, and cornstarch-blend in a bowl. While the soup is boiling, stir the chicken and cornstarch mixture into the broth, being sure to separate the chicken pieces.
Cover the pot and bring it back to a boil.
6 egg whites, lightly beaten
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
4. Add the set aside rice vermicelli and the above egg whites, stirring as you add them for several minutes. Turn the heat off immediately when done stirring.
Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cups finely diced cooked Virginia ham
5. Pour the soup into a serving bowl, add the above sesame oil and sprinkle the ham over the top.
Serve hot and enjoy.