Chin Corn Soup
This hearty porridge comes from Nang Khan Cin - “Afoo” - who heads the kitchen at the Alameda location of Burma Superstar. Ethnically Chin, he left Myanmar to seek work in Malaysia before eventually coming to Oakland with the help of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Afoo was the first cook Desmond hired from the IRC program. Everyone who is Chin has their own version of this simple soup, which is brought to life by mixing roasted tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and chiles together like salsa. For this soup, look for dried golden hominy, which looks like broken popcorn kernels, in Mexican or Asian grocery stores. The brand Goya makes one. In Chinese grocery stores, it’s called “dried broken corn.” If you find only canned hominy, look for “golden corn hominy, read the label to see if it requires further treatment before it can be cooked.) The recipe calls for small red beans, which can be anything from pinto to kidney to borlotti (cranberry) beans.
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