The cold bug finally hit our house with each of us having a little variation in symptoms. While some are coughing others are sneezing, sniffling and suffering with a mild sore throat. My family has many concoctions to combat the germs but one particular favorite is hot and sour soup. My version is not as good as our favorite restaurant from years past but it works in a pinch.
Hot and Sour Soup
2 tbsp. Cornflour (cornstarch)
4 tbsp. Water
2 tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
3 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
½ tsp. Ground Black Pepper
Chili Oil, a few drops to your desired fire level
1 Egg, beaten in a separate bowl
2 tbsp. Oil like vegetable or equivalent
1 Large Onion, chopped
*Add your choice of extras from the list below
4 cups Chicken Broth (low sodium)
Cooked Chicken, Shredded
1 tsp. Sesame Oil
*Other Optional Additions: Mushrooms, Water Chestnuts, Garlic, Green Onions, Seaweed, Miso Paste and Tofu.
The soup shown in the photo contains water chestnuts, green onions, seaweed, and tofu. I also added miso paste into each bowl before serving to protect the nutrients.
Combine the cornflour (cornstarch) and water till smooth. Add the soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar, pepper and chili oil and mix together. Set aside
Beat and egg in a small bowl and set aside
Sauté the onions (and other vegetables if adding) in the 2 tbsp. of oil for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and shredded chicken and bring to a boil. Next slowly stir in the Cornflour-Soy mixture and let the soup thicken. Now comes the fun and important part using the egg**. Keep stirring and gradually drizzle thin ribbons of the egg into the soup. You want it to look like small threads not large pieces of egg. Sprinkle with a little sesame oil before serving. It is also really good the next day if you have any leftovers.
**TIP– If possible, grab a family member to stir while you pour the egg. I like to pour the egg using a whisk to break it up in the air. I found that this helps to keep it thin and small. The next time I make this recipe I will try to remember to make a video of this for clarification.
My mom will also make vegetable soup or chicken soup and substitute the hot and sour broth for a spin on the traditional. It is very versatile soup and extremely delicious. I hope you like it too.