Monday, March 31, 2014

Easy Hot & Sour Soup (Vegan, GF)

Vegan Hot & Sour Soup
This is an amazingly delicious, fairly light soup. Simple and satisfying. My little girl just loves it. It is perfect served as an appetizer course, or for a very light meal. You may well want to double it if your family are big soup eaters.

It is both Vegan & Gluten Free, assuming that you use all ingredients (especially Soy Sauce & Bouillon) that fit that description.

This recipe is adapted from one in Vegan Planet by Robin Robertson.

Hot & Sour Soup
Drain, Cube & Saute in a lightly oiled non-stick skillet, then set aside

1# Firm Tofu Cubes*

In a large pot or Dutch Oven,
1 teaspoon oil
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon ginger powder
add and simmer 5 minutes or so
6 Cups Water
3 large cubes Vegetable Bouillon (I use Knorr brand - where each cube makes 2 cups broth)
2 small cans (8oz total) Mushrooms (your choice of variety) or equivalent fresh
3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
3/4 teaspoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, or to taste (or your favorite East Asian hot sauce)**
2 Tablespoons Tapioca Starch, dissolved in a little cold water (you can add more for thicker soup)
1 handful Greens (such as Spinach or Bok Choy)
OR a handful of Green Vegetables such as Snow Peas
2 or 3 cans (any size) of the following Asian Vegetables, according to what you have or prefer:
Baby Corn
Sliced Water Chestnuts
Sliced Bamboo Shoots
Tofu Cubes (from above)
Pepper to taste
Add at end of cooking
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dark Sesame Oil


*Silken tofu that is cubed and not sauteed is traditional here. I like a little more substantial texture, so I use "Chinese style"(firm, non-silken) tofu, and saute it first

**I keep Sriracha to a minimum in cooking, then serve more as a condiment at table, so that my little girl doesn't find it too hot.

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  1. LOVE the ingredients in this! A great way to incorporate some produce that some people may forget about or no use often! Bamboo Shoots are wonderful, aren't they!? Great recipe and photo, too!

  2. Hot and Sour Soup is one of my favorites and I can't wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  3. This is my favorite soup! I love your recipe and t can't wait to make it! Thank you so much for sharing it on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop!

  4. Looks so good! I love Hot/Sour as well! I will try it out, come back and let you know results.

  5. YUM YUM and more YUM! :) Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Can't wait to see what you link up this week! The party link up is open!



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