- Cut 1 Kg (~ 5 big) Onions – for serving 3 persons.
- Cook for 30 mins before turning brownish. [Make sure put enough butter (2 Tbps) and some oil. Also add 1 teaspoon of salt to help caramelisation by pushing water out of the onions]
- Add Apple Cider (1 Tbps) to de-glaze.
- Add Flour (Corn flour 1 Tbps).
- Add 1 litre of Chicken / Beef (or Vegetarian) Stock.
- Simmer for 20 mins.
- Use Baguette.
- Use Cheese flakes to top up.
- Oven (225 C) for 10 mins (or till caramelisation).
See also this similar American Vegetarian French Onion Soup: (she used sugar to help caramelisation)
Vegetarian Version Key ingredients (in the following top-down sequence):
- Butter, oil (to prevent butter burning)
- Onions (preferred Yellow)
- Salt, pepper, sugar
- Apple cider (in lieu of red wine) ,
- Vegetable stock (in lieu of Beef stock),
- Flour (to thicken)
- Cheese topping (shredded or thin sheet)
Herbs: Thyme / Bay leaf
Rare to find this delicious French Onion Soup Gratinée in tropical Singapore — although the bubbling hot soup is an ideal dish in snowy cold winter, we can still cook it at Singapore home for cold rainy December Christmas season.
Beef Stock (Fondu Brun)
Baguette slices (pre-baked to brownish with olive oil on both sides)
Julia Child was a legendary american lady who became a French Chef against all odds. She worked as a USA spy in WW II based in China where she was first attracted to food by the Chinese cuisine, then after the war living in Paris where she enrolled herself in “Le Cordon Bleu” French Chef School. She was honored as the Cover Lady of the Time Magazine for transforming Americans’ kitchen, also received Honorable Doctorate Degree from Harvard University.
We were taking the hot French Onion Soup in a Parisian restaurant, near the 1,000 year-old Cathedral “Notre Dame de Paris” (where Victor Hugo’s story about the “Hunched man and the Beauty” took place), in cold 2005 winter. With the melted cheese and french bread covering the serving cup of onion soup, it was very delicious!
I had a very late lunch with my family who visited France first time. The restaurant’s garçon (waiter) was a young French man who kindly accepted us in. I gave him €20 for tips, fully satisfied with the lunch and his service. He was quite surprised: “C’est pour moi ?” (It is for me ?)
For lazy cook, you can now buy Australian Campbell’s canned French Onion Soup, served with off-the-shelf croutons (or equally good to substitute by 油条 ) :
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