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Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

Another cold night and another request for soup. So we went to MY choice of soups this time, and decided to have something on the spicy side.As usual though, since this was another spontaneous craving, I didn’t have all the ingredients that we usually like to have in this soup. So this one is lacking tofu and bamboo shoots, and we used fresh button mushrooms instead of dried shitakes, even so, this soup still hit the spot.

And the more you cook this soup, you will find how flexible it really is. You can improvise on pretty much all the ingredients aside from the broth. Why in a pinch, we had even added some frozen mixed vegetables to this and it actually worked out great for making it more hearty!

Here is the basic recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment!

Hot & Sour Soup
Recipe type: Soup
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Serves: 4
An easy, fast and flexible soup for whenever the craving hits.
  • 6 cups chicken or beef broth
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms (in this case) OR dried mushrooms (ideal)
  • 8-10 dried lily buds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2-3 spring onions, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried pepper flakes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (dissolved in enough water to make a slurry)
  1. Reconstitued lily buds (and dried mushrooms if you're using them) by soaking them in hot water until they are soft.
  2. Bring broth to a boil.
  3. Add lily buds and mushrooms, soy sauce, vinegar, pepper flakes and sugar. Let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  5. Lower the heat and add the cornstarch slurry. Stir soup until it is slightly thickened.
  6. Turn off the heat and slowl drizzle in the beaten egg while gently stirring.
  7. Serve soup with chopped spring onions on top.
OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS that I normally would add if I had them on hand: tofu, pork, bamboo shoots, more mushrooms, chili oil


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About Jeanette Moore (JMom)

I am a terrible housekeeper but I do love to cook so it all evens out in the end. I like to try new recipes that I think my family will like. However, I am not one to follow all recipes to the letter. I tend to tweak and change the recipes based on what I have on hand and how I am feeling at the time. Feel free to share your versions, I just might try it out next time I make the dish again.

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