Friday, January 16, 2009

Hot and sour soup

Yesterday I got a crazy craving for Chinese food. I don't know if I caught a whiff driving by Panda Express, or what. I was feeling like I could easily sit down and enjoy a couple orders of something deep fried in a gooey sweet sauce. You know what I'm talking about. It's evil.

Instead, I did this. I modified it a bit from a recipe. The changes I made occurred because Dr. G-to-be does not eat mushrooms, which is one of the real sorrows of my life, and I had a lot of chicken and bok choy to use up. We also don't like our soups thickened with cornstarch, so I didn't do that.

It ended up a very flavorful and nutritious recipe with almost no fat or carbs. I felt so virtuous and stuff. Hurray for small victories!

Protein-packed Hot and Sour Soup
8 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
1 c. white meat chicken, shredded or diced
1 tbsp. hot sauce (we keep Sriracha around so I used that) - adjust amount to achieve your preferred level of heat
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
1/2 c. white vinegar
4-6 heads mei qing choy or other baby bok choy, washed and sliced. Separate stalks and leaves.
1 lb. firm tofu, cut in 1/4" dice
1 egg, beaten well

Simmer broth in a soup pot. Add soy sauce, chicken, and hot sauce. Simmer 5 minutes.

Add white pepper, vinegar, bok choy stalks and tofu. Simmer 5 minutes.

Increase heat to a medium boil. Pour beaten egg slowly into soup in a fine stream. Stir several times.

Add bok choy leaves (doing this last to keep the beautiful green color!). Cook just until tender. Serve hot.

Optional: garnish with sliced green onions and a drizzle of sesame oil.


annie said...

Hmmmm... I'm not a huge spicey fan, but I could easily modify that to my liking. The rest (minus the chicken) sounds fabulous!! I might have to try this sometime. Thanks for the recipe.

SalGal said...

I think I will have to try this... although I don't know why I bother making soups since I know the boys won't eat them even if it was full of candy at the bottom.

one cute blog said...

Hot and sour soup is my absolute favorite!!!!

Bek said...

THANK YOU!!! I love hot and sour soup but I (like Dr. G to be) hate mushrooms. I also can't do the cornstarch thing...and I ADORE this soup...

I am going to make this at least once a week.... ;-)

Geri said...

My husband loves hot and sour. Sounds great!