Do you remember that chicken foot peeking out of the pot in the last post? The chicken was sold to me with a head too! To the shopkeepers' credit, I think they did offer to chop the 'extras' off before selling it, but I thought they were offering to chop the whole thing into bits! Time to learn some Malay, or more Chinese...
That bird inspired me! Thursday's fellowship meal was going to be at our house, and I decided to serve some of my Grandma Alene's chicken corn soup.
What to do about the ingredient list? I had seen some produce stalls selling corn-on-the-cob, so I had the fresh corn...but no limas. Fresh green beans made an adequate substitute, and I had Maggi ramen noodles for the seasoning packet Grandma usually uses. Ramen noodles are a big deal here.
Did it pass the taste test? It wasn't quite the same--nor do I imagine it ever will be--but our guests seemed to love it! Watch out chickens, I'm coming back for you another day!
|A movie still from a clip of Grandma reading to James and Dorie just before we moved.|
For those that want to attempt her soup, here is the recipe, as she gave it to me a few years ago:
Grandma Alene's Chicken Corn Soup Recipe
(For the authoritative version, ask her!)
onion powder and/or onions
celery salt and/or celery
ramen noodle seasoning packet
1/2 c. carrot, for color
cook in enough water to cover--simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hour
debone and deskin
Egg noodles-- add and cook at the very end
She also used some kind of chicken base, which I never figured out. Also, I always saute the seasonings in the onions and celery.
Thank you Grandma! I got sick a few days after making this, and was SO GLAD to have had leftovers!