Hot and Sour soup the vegan way
So we both love Hot and Sour soup and maybe you do too. In the restaurants usually they come with egg in the soup. We wanted to investigate to see how good ours might be without the egg and maybe some innovative ideas. The original recipe is one from “Veganomicon” but from there we add lots of our own ideas. Surely this will not be exactly like what you might get at the local Asian place but it is a good soup and especially nice on a cold and wintry day.
- 1/4 ounce dried porcchini mushrooms
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil or water
- 1 medium to large red onion cut into thin slices
- white button mushrooms or crimini
- kale leaves 1/2 of a bunch or chinese cabbage(Napa)
- Ho-made veggie broth 4 cups or store bought broth or bullion cubes
- 1/2 cup soy sauce or braggs liquid aminos which is gluten free
- 1/3 rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil optional
- 1 1/2 teaspoon white ground pepper
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot powder( or cornstarch )
- 2 tablespoons of yellow miso
- 1/2 of a container of firm tofu not silken cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped scallions
- Pour boiling water over the dried mushrooms. Cover them with water by 2 inches. Cover with a plate and let sit for about 20 minutes. Slice red onion into thin slices. Put into soup pot with the sesame oil or water and then add the mushrooms saute the onion till translucent and mushrooms release their juices. Add the thinly sliced kale leave and wilt them. Add the broth soy sauce,vinegar, oil, pepper, and bring to a boil.While you are waiting for this to boil thinly slice the dried mushrooms. When the stock boils, add the thinly sliced dried mushrooms and the soaking broth. Reduce heat to low and cook about 5 minutes so the flavors have time to meld. Mix arrowroot or cornstarch and the yellow miso with water till there are no lumps . Add this to the soup and stir until it is just a little thickened. Add carrots,tofu and cook till all is heated through, garnish serving bowls with scallions.
- make sure to look at bottom of bowl when adding the broth. There might be sediment on bottom of bowl from dirt or sand in the dried mushrooms so you might not use the bottom portion of the soaking water.
- This soup is kind of thin and is supposed to be that way.
- I think that some fine rice noodles broken would be a nice addition to the soup and could be added just as you bring the soup to boiling.
Our beautiful soup made from loving hands