16 February 2007

Hot and Sour Soup

I prefer to cook simple and quick to make food and I'm quite satisfied if the end result is tasty. Long laborious recipes make me nervous and most certainly I'd be tired by the time I got around to eating what I cooked. Whenever I plan a dinner, I decide the menu – it would on most occasions be tried and tested recipes, and before I step into the kitchen, I mentally rehearse in what order I'm going to prepare them. Yeah, thats the most important part - the rehersal! Am I quirky?? Maybe I am. :) Which is why I planned a fairly hassle free dinner the other day. It's easier to make more items if the procedure is simple or can be done in advance. Continuing with the Chinese recipes, here's the hot and sour soup. A warm soup, perfect for a cold day, or anytime if you love this kind of cuisine!

You'll need 1 tbsp each of chopped carrots, chopped mushroom, bean sprouts, 1 tsp chopped celery stalk, 1 tbsp vinegar, 6 cups of vegetable stalk, 1 tsp red chilli paste, salt, pepper, ajinomoto, soya sauce, cornflour, spring onion greens. Blanch the carrots and mushrooms. Boil the vegetable stock. Add the vegetables, red chilli paste, salt, pepper, ajinomoto, soya sauce and spring onions. Add the cornflour mixed in a little water to thicken it. Cook for a minute and serve hot.

10 comments:

swapna said...

hi jyothsna
my hubby loves this soup..normally i do it with the ready made one..this time i follow ur recipe..thhanks for sharing..

Jyothsna said...

Wow, that was quick! I just posted this and your comment has already appeared!!:) Thanks, and hope your hubby like it!

Asha said...

Hi J!! What a unusual color or should I say beautiful color!:))The hot and sour we get at chinese is light brown with white streaks and what not!Your soup looks far better than that,I will try.Thanks for recipe.Have a great weekend!:)

sailaja said...

That's a very appetizing looking soup, Jyothsna. Nice recipe!

Annita said...

hmm..i love hot & sour soup..thats in my list to be tried...

KitchenFairy said...

Hey, are u somewhere near Al wahdha street?hmm..I love this hot and sour soup..

Jyothsna said...

Thanks Asha! The restaurants probably use light soy sauce and white streaks are probably egg whites. Try it and let me know. :)

Thankyou Sailaja!

Annita, its a pleasure to see you on this page.:) Do try the soup and let me know if you liked it.

Kitchenfairy, I'm on Mena Road, Shj. Where do you live? Do try the soup.:)

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

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Seema said...

Jyothsna,
Jyo you are not quirky at all gal. I am jsut like you when it comes to cooking. I decide the menu first( which is the toughest part of the entire cooking business( don't you think so) and once the menu is all set then i have to decide in what way I am gonna make it. I guess most of us are just like you buddy. Loved the soup and hot and sour soup is perfect for me during this time.
Thanx
Seema

Jyothsna said...

HKji - In that case I shd cook more Chinese food isnt it?:)

Seema - I completely agree with you. Deciding the menu is the toughest part! Do try the soup, hope you like it.:)