Monday, October 24, 2011

Vegetarian Hot & Sour Soup is My Favorite Soup

      
Vegetarian Hot ad Sour soup
 Hot and sour soup is my favorite soup

Philadelphia has a vegetarian Chinese restaurant in Chinatown that makes an awesome gluten free Hot and Sour Soup ( I bring my own gluten free soy sauce)! But , it takes me a 1/2 hour to drive to Philly and an additional 1/2 hour to find a parking space in Chinatown!

For years I have been searching for a good gluten free hot and sour soup recipe that I can make at home; I think I finally found one.

Me ( in black) and My Cousin Harriet ( in red)
 Ready to Eat a Beautiful Dinner at Her House In Florida
I teach at a private boarding prep school that serves fabulous lunches. They use fresh wholesome ingredients, nothing is fried, and they make many ethnic specialties. It is amazing because they serve over 700 people/day. Last week they made Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup .

Truthfully, I didn't expect it to taste authentic, but I was pleasantly surprised .It was so good, I did something I never thought of doing in the fourteen years I have been eating lunches in our school dining hall.

 I asked for the recipe!

The following recipe was given to me by the head chef,  "Joe" . So I'm calling the recipe what else, but-

Joe's Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

Ingredients
4 cups of  flavorful vegetable broth
4 cups boiling water
2 TBSP gluten free soy sauce ( or use Braggs Amino Acids from the health food store)
1 TBSP toasted sesame oil - I bought a brand made in USA , not Japan ( radiation fallout??)
1-2 TBSP hot sauce to taste
1/2 cup green onion , chopped
1 pound tofu, drained and sliced in matchsticks
2 containers fresh mushrooms, sliced in half and then thin
1 small container of bamboo shoots , sliced in matchsticks ( I skipped it)
salt and pepper to taste
1 TBSP non GMO cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Directions:

Saute green onions, mushrooms, and tofu for a few minutes in olive oil spray to mingle flavors. Add hot vegetable broth, boiling water, gluten free soy sauce, hot sauce, and optional bamboo shoots. Cook for 10 minutes . When soup is done, mix 1 TBSP of cornstarch in 1/2 cup water in a separate bowl. Next, slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the cookd soup and stir the soup until it is slightly thickened. Season with toasted sesame oil, salt and pepper.

Step by Step Pictures



Get some fresh green onions or scallions ( These were beauties at the Asian Market)



Chop scallions
mushrooms
Cut mushrooms in half and slice ( you can mix other varieties of mushrooms as well)






Add chopped scallions, mushrooms, and tofu to a large skillet




Saute mushrooms, scallions, and tofu


Add broth,  boiling water, sesame oil, hot sauce, gluten free soy sauce, and bamboo shoots if desired.  Cook covered on low simmer for about 10 minutes. Add cornstarch and water, stir and allow to sit for about 1/2 hour before serving for flavors to mingle. Tastes good the next day too.


Enjoy

Quick Homemade Vegetarian Broth:
I made a vegetarian broth from parsnips, parsley, carrots, and celery, parsley, 5 russet potatoes, and salt and pepper. Cooked them all up until soft, strained and used the broth.




20 comments:

  1. Wow!!! Sounds yummy. Feel like having right now. Thanks for sharing. I will surely try this out.

    Do you know your favorite soup can say a lot about your personality. Take the Soup Personality Test and find out your personality by your soup choice. I have taken the test and enjoyed. Hope you too will like it. have Fun!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yum! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following along! I would love to follow yours! I have been gluten free for many years and just recently been able to add it back in tiny amounts...great to have a new source for recipes!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Judee:) Thank you for your kind words! I'm here checking out your blog...and I love it:) I'm your newest follower!

    ReplyDelete
  4. this looks seriously fantastic! I would feel great eating this!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love the photo of you and Harriet! And what a great recipe - I've never made this soup before, but it looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, this soup looks delicious!
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment. If you try the flan I'd love to know how it turns out :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I LOVE hot & sour soup too - but I've never even thought that I could make my own! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It sounds delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is the simplest hot-and-sour recipe I've ever seen! Usually they are so complicated I give up before I even finish reading the recipe.

    I have been to that restaurant! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  9. That looks sooo good! Will have to give it a try.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup looks so good. I really love your combination for this recipe and I can't wait to give it a try! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    ReplyDelete
  12. hi! Just wanted to let you know I'm featuring this recipe at my Tasty Tuesday Party this week! stop by and grab a featured button.
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love hot and sour soup, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I added this to my list of recipes to try. thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with the Hearth and soul Hop.

    ReplyDelete
  15. wow! that sounds so easy and looks amazing! Hope to see you again at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

    ReplyDelete
  16. Judee, this soup looks perfect! Just like the restaurant version. I've never made hot and sour soup at home but I'm going to have to try! Thanks for linking up this great recipe to my blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Brilliant photographs! wow....lovely n delicious .it tastes yummy too!
    kati roll online order

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love soups and this one looks yummy! Perfect for the weather.chowringhee satya niketan menu

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for your comment - I love the feedback and interaction

Printfriendly