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This is a quick, healthy and comforting weekday staple. It could be made with tofu instead of sweetcorn. It's a lovely starter, or a main course with steamed rice. If you'd prefer it vegetarian, substitute the chicken for vegetable stock.


  • 750ml chicken stock
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1cm fresh galangal or ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 fresh or dried salam leaf (if unavailable, use bay leaf)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 125g fresh corn kernels
  • 300g spinach, washed & roughly chopped
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Put the chicken stock, onion, galangal, garlic, turmeric, salam leaf and brown sugar in a large pan and simmer for 5 minutes, covered.
  2. Add the corn and simmer for 7 minutes, partially covered, until the corn is tender.
  3. Add the spinach and season to taste. Serve with rice.
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