Monday, January 16, 2012

Hot and Sour Soup...

We are under the weather at my house.  Coughing, running noses, sore throats.  I would love to buy a hazmat suit with a respirator mask to protect myself from the contagious germs that are contaminating the air through out the house.  Gross!  Good old chicken soup was made earlier in the week and made everyone feel some what better.  Last night on the menu was Chinese Hot and Sour Soup.  It was thrown together in a flash.  It tasted just as good, if not better than the local Chinese restaurant we frequent.  We went through a box of tissues after we finished it.(slight exaggeration)  I took a little from one recipe and borrowed more from another.  Here's the recipe.  It is guaranteed to help the sniffles!!

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups fresh sliced mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 small can bamboo shoots
  • 3 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 small bag fresh sprouts
  • 1 lb. chicken breast sliced into thin strips
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  1. In a 5 quart pot, combine the first 9 ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Place the chicken strips in a bowl and toss with the sesame oil.  In a separate bowl mix the vinegar and cornstarch together.  Set aside.
  3. Increase in heat under the pot to medium high and bring up to a good boil.  Add the chicken strips, return to a boil again, then stream in the beaten eggs slowly so that it makes long strands of egg in the soup.  Add vinegar and cornstarch, stirring occasionally. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes more until you are sure the chicken is cooked.  Add cilantro and green onions to the pot.  Quick stir and your ready to serve.  


  1. Hi, it seems everyone in blogland has been under the weather recently.Hope you are feeling much better soon, and while you are ill you can always catch up with your favourite blogs!

  2. I haven't any sniffles at the moment, for which I'm truly thankful for, but I think I'm still in need of the soup. It looks so tasty.
    I may need to add it to my list for future culinary delights because today they're reporting to expect 35 degrees celcius here...hardly soup weather.
    Keep cosy and hopefully the soup with cure all.

  3. Ooh, this sounds really good! Hope you are feeling better soon!

  4. Mmm! Another wonderful hot soup! We sure do need it in this cold snap! More snow and sleet tonight! Stay warm and toasty and take good care of all the sniffles!

    PS -Wonderful photo of that soup! I could almost feel the steam on my cheeks!

  5. Looks delicious Susan! This is what you were choking on when we were chatting! Hope everyone feels better very soon! Keep that soup flowing and those vitamins pumping! You'll be back to your healthy self soon!


  6. No sniffles here either. That soup sounds delish. Do you use raw or cooked chicken?

  7. Right up my alley; I have always wanted to try making this type of soup. Hope you are all feeling better soon.

  8. It sounds wonderful. Chicken Noodle is on our menu because of my daughters sore throat, but I will be making this, it looks yummy. I left you a email. :)

  9. Nothing is better than a good bowl of chicken soup to make you feel better. And, I do hope you feel better soon. Looks very tasty. Hugs! Bonnie

  10. There is something about soup when we are feeling under the weather...It comforts us, and makes us feel better. In the case of the hot and sour soup, it makes us feel better and opens up the sinus passages (smile).

    Feel better!

  11. Good old chicken soup, is there anything finer when one is feeling low. Please be on the mend soon. Hugs, Julie.

  12. Feel better! There's nothing like a bowl of soup when you aren't feeling well. Your hot and sour looks so good!

  13. Hubby loves hot and sour soup, and chicken soup is good for what ails you. I hope you're feeling better soon! :)

  14. It really is just a remedy in a bowl of wonderfulness!! Soups like these are always the best cure. It looks and sounds divine for the non sick too! I wish you all a speedy recovery xx

  15. You warmed my heart, Susan.. Thank you. I love soup, its my favorite meal.
    Warm hugs,
    Pam :)

  16. i just want to dive right in...can i come for left overs?? i'll bring my own kleenex!

  17. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  18. What a beautiful soup - I'm sure it will do you the world of good! lovely recipe - get well soon!
    Mary x

  19. You are the only person I know who could make a photo of hot and sour soup look this delicious!

    I going to try this one very soon - hope all are better in no time.

  20. A bowlful of fabulous flavours and a winter remedy! LOOKS wonderful! I hope you get well soon.
    My blog has moved by the way...from blogger to Wordpress here:

  21. I hope everyone gets to feeling better. My family loves soup. Will have to try this one.

  22. Sorry to hear that you are all under the weather. That soup sounds like the perfect tonic!

  23. get well wishes to all...i snuggled in and felt comforted just reading your recipe...thank you.
    rest well.
    [thank you for your dear comments over at my place...}

  24. The sniffles, one of the hazards of winter. Hope everyone got plenty of rest over the weekend and will feel better soon.

    1. Maybe I should make some of this for my husband as he's been sniffling for a week now and .... the sympathy is in danger of running out here! It looks yummy, whether you're ill or not though.

  25. Methinks my family might like this! And I am now in a permanent cooking slump. Help!

  26. Oh dear....I hope you and the family are feeling well soon. Seems everyone is getting the flu and bad colds right now...so far so good here on the farm. Yum Yum Yum...that's what I had to say when I saw that photo. I've never tried that kind of soup..is it actually sour? I love just about any kind of soup so I'm going to write this one out. This time of year I make a lot of soups for our main meal...with home made bread or buttermilk biscuits. It's soup and biscuits night tonight! Enjoy your soup and keep warm.
    Maura :)

  27. Oh, I'm so sorry you're all feeling so punk...nothing worse than a bad cold.
    Chicken soup is always comforting and this one ought to clear your noses up! :)

  28. I love hot and sour soup! I only tried making it once, and now you're recipe has enticed me to make it again.


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