Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

a10 Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

My beloved is a fan of  Chinese restaurant styled soups. Chicken and corn soup and hot and sour soup are on top of his list. I know it’s very “spendthrift” of me to say that I don’t believe in spending money in ordering soup in a Chinese Restaurant unless it is herbal soup. In my personal opinion,  it is only made of broth +  cornstarch + beaten eggs which can be made at home easily, at a fraction of the cost.

(Having said that,  in the name of love, we will order them from time to time, after all they are my beloved’s favourite.)

Last night, I’ve concocted an improvised version of hot and sour soup. Instead of vinegar, fresh tomatoes were my sour agent.  A little of chilli flakes for the hot factor and shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce and sesame oil as the flavourings. Adding kale maybe an unusual touch for hot and sour soup, but I’m surprise how hardy kale is in soup. I actually enjoyed the “braised” texture of kale. And this is  a confession from a kale lover to another.  🙂

a4a Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

What you’ll need to make approximately 4 bowls:-

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 25g (0.8 ounce/ about 6-7  mushrooms) shitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes *adjust to taste*
  • 3 fresh tomatoes, roughly diced
  • 2 cups of chopped kale ( I used the curly variety)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 4 cup low sodium chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth also)
  • A dash of soy sauce * adjust to taste; you may need more if you make your own broth*
  • 1 tbsps sesame oil (you can add more if you prefer a stronger scent)
  • 2 dashes of white ground pepper
  • 3 tbsps cornflour
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Spring onions, chopped for garnish *optional*

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In a large pot (or a wok), heat up a tablespoon of cooking oil and then add mushrooms, garlic and chilli flakes. Saute over low heat until the garlic becomes aromatic. Add kale, tomatoes and sweet corn and stir to combine with the fragrant ingredients. Pour the broth into the vegetable mixture and let it simmer with a lid on over high heat until it starts to boil. Turn the flame over to the low and simmer for another 10 minutes after the broth reaches its boiling point. In the meantime, mix the cornstarch with cold water. Remove the lid. Over high heat and the soup is bubbling vigorously, add the cornstarch mixture and stir to combine with the soup. The soup will thicken as it boils. Keep it boiling until it reaches your desired consistency. Then gradually pour the beaten eggs into the soup in a circular motion (rather streaming the egg in one spot). Allow the eggs to be fully cooked before you start stirring the soup. This is to ensure the eggs do not cloud the soup and they should appear ribbon-like. Stir in the sesame oil, soy sauce and white pepper. Serve immediately.

 a11 Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

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6 thoughts on “Chinese Hot & Sour Soup With A Twist

    • I often think that only girls will appreciate hot and sour tastes but I was wrong from the moment I met my beloved haha! I love kale and have been finding ways to incorporate this veggie into my diet. I personally think it works in soup. 🙂

  1. I made this soup last week and I just have to come back to say THANK YOU!! I have been cooking for my husband for 4 years and he normally says he likes my food, but he RAVED about this! He told me it was the best hot & sour soup he’s ever had and he went back for seconds. He doesn’t even like kale, but he loved it in this soup. This soup was so delicious and I will definitely be making this again! 🙂

    • Hi Lacy,

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback! Happy to hear that your husband enjoyed the soup too, after all kale can be a hit and miss with men (speaking from experience ha!).

  2. A delish recipe presented v succintly! The tomato touch for sourness was a nice n healthy touch.looking forward to making it tomm. Would let u know how it turns up!

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