Hot ‘n’ Sour

Lately these  days I have been feeling the need to overly indulge in spicy and sour food; could it be the fact that I have a massive baby in my belly? Maybe? But because of this, I have been making hot and sour soup like it is going out of style at my place. As I explained to my sous chef, Severine, the other night, it takes a few minutes to make and is extremely satisfying! So, Severine Hansen, if you’re reading this, I expect to hear that you’ve made a batch for your fiance!

Soup Base

  • 1 1″ piece of ginger; coarsley chopped
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass; coarsley chopped
  • stalks from a bunch of coriander
  • 6 lime leaves
  • 1 lime; juiced
  • 1L chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp Sambal Olek
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce

I sautee the lemongrass and ginger together until fragrant; then I add my coriander stalks and lime leaves. Then I add my lime juice, fish sauce, stock and sambal and let simmer for 10 minutes. Once it has simmered for 10 minutes, I strain the whole lot and put the broth back into the pot.

Making the soup base.

Soup Ingredients

  • 1 dozen shrimp (I use 16/20 that are peeled, de-veined and cleaned)
  • 1/2 block firm tofu; diced
  • 1 tomato; coarsley chopped
  • 1/4 pineapple; diced
  • 12 button mushrooms; quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves

I bring all this to a boil and cook until the shrimp are cooked. I also season with more sambal if needed.

Depending my mood, I also  add rice noodles or rice stick noodles. If I use rice stick, I soak them for 10 minutes in warm water then add to the strained broth and cook with the rest of the ingredients. If I use rice noodles, I just add them and they only take a minute to cook!

Adding the ingredients to the base.


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2 Responses to “Hot ‘n’ Sour”

  1. Sev Says:
    February 19th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Finding lemongrass in Moncton is no easy task! I’ve just rounded up the ingredients and some beers- Can’t wait to serve this up to the moms as well as T.J. and some old friends. Good luck with your flight, I’ll see you next week and let you know how the soup turns out!

  2. Angela Says:
    March 29th, 2010 at 3:48 am

    East meets West! We are in Vancouver so the ingredients are readily available. This was a huge success with my family! My husband, who is from Dartmouth, is a man of few words and he went back for seconds = delicious!

    Thanks so much!
    Please keep posting your yummy recipes!

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