Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spring and Winter Day? Hot and Sour Soup!

The last few days have been gorgeous!  I'm talking highs in the upper 50's, sunshine, no coats, windows down, FLIP-FLOPS!  Today was the last day of this winter break.  This morning was beautiful, sunny, no need for a coat.  By lunch the wind had picked up, bringing in some grey clouds.  Raining, hailing, then snow on my way home from work, around 6.  At 8 o'clock the result was FIVE INCHES of snow, and still falling.
To match the weather I was in the mood for hot and sour soup for dinner.  This is by far one of my favorite Chinese foods.  I used a recipe from Chowhound as the basis for the soup.  I followed the directions exactly, just changed the ingredient list.
 This makes two servings for me.  I added the nutrition info to the bottom of this post.

Easy Chinese Hot and Sour Soup
4 cups of chicken broth
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 full hand mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained and julienned
3/4 tablespoon Srirachi
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water
1 egg, beaten
4 oz firm tofu, cut into 1/4 inch dice
2 green onion stalks, diced (including green tops)
1/4 cup rice vinegar

-Bring chicken broth to a simmer in a 2-quart saucepan.
-Combine soy sauce, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, srirachi and red pepper flakes, then add to broth.
-Simmer for five minutes.
-Combine two tablespoons of cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water in a cup. Stir until mixture is smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to soup and stir well.
-Simmer for 2 or 3 minutes until soup is thickened.
-Beat egg in a cup until yolk and white are combined. Pour beaten egg slowly, in a fine stream into soup. Stir soup several times.
-Wait 30 seconds.
-Add tofu and green onions to soup. (I marinated the tofu in a bit of fish sauce) Stir well. Remove from heat.
-Add vinegar
-Stir a few times and serve.
Makes about 4 cups.

Nutrition Facts

User Entered Recipe
  2 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 210.7
  Total Fat 4.3 g
      Saturated Fat 1.0 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
  Cholesterol 102.5 mg
  Sodium 4,275.2 mg
  Potassium 690.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 29.7 g
      Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
      Sugars 12.3 g
  Protein 14.1 g

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