March 10, 2008

Hot and sour soup

It feels like I've broken a record for soup eating this winter. When it's cold and frozen outside, eating soup just seems right. Now that the end of winter/beginning of spring is theoretically approaching, many people seem to get change-of-season colds, and here's a soup that seems just right for pampering a cold. The recipe creates a mild-mannered broth, but you can make it as spicy as you desire. But, don't wait to be sick to try it. We had it for dinner and we're perfectly healthy!

Hot and sour soup (based on a recipe from
6 cups low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced (some should be shiitake)
1 small can water chestnuts, sliced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, sliced
8 ounces water-packed firm tofu, cut into cubes
1/2 cup scallions, sliced
3-4 cups chopped bok choy
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
rice thread noodles

Bring broth to simmer and add all ingredients except scallions and bok choy. Simmer 20 minutes. Add bok choy and scallions and simmer 5 more minutes. Add toasted sesame oil. (Add additional soy sauce, hot sauce or vinegar, if desired.)

Put the rice noodles in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds, to soften. (or follow directions on the package - they vary a bit in cooking times) Place some noodles in each bowl and ladle soup over.


  1. It seems I've also been on a soup kick this winter (there has to be SOMETHING good about winter, right??). I'm so glad you posted this--I have been looking for a good vegan H&S soup recipe!

  2. Thanks for the comment. I know from reading your blog that you like spicy food. Me too. So, I feel I must warn you that this soup is pretty mild on the H&S continuum. You'll probably want to rev it up a bit!

  3. Hey Andrea,
    Thanks for the warning! I've bookmarked the recipe, so when I do get to it, I'll keep that in mind :) .

  4. This sounds great! I noticed the picture included tofu (I'm guessing that's what the white cubes are) but I didn't see that as part of the recipe. Do you have a preference of including it or not?

    1. You're right! I left it out of the directions, but I do include it in the soup.

  5. Good idea! If i were the one cooking recipes like this, i wouldn't have came up with it. This would be perfect for the cold nights.


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