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Hot and Sour Soup

Just my kind of soup

Hot and Sour soup is a typical kind of soup that you can normally see in the menu of Chinese restaurant. Ingredients actually are inexpensive, especially when they don’t put much ingredients like the way I do. I prefer to make it instead of buying it, so I can put all the ingredients that I like, have the right level of spiciness and sourness that suits to my palate.

Ingredients

  • 100g pork tenderloin ( sliced thinly)
  • 1 tsp premium soy sauce + 1 tsp of potato starch ( for marinating the pork)
  • 1 block soft tofu ( cut into small cubes)
  • 70g wood ear fungus (washed and Julienned)
  • 150g Bamboo Shoots (Julienned)
  • 2 Liters Chicken Broth
  • 8 dried Shiitake, (washed and just enough hot water to soak the shiitake, when tender, remove the stem, sliced thinly)
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 1/2 tbs potato starch + 3 tbs water ( slurry)

Seasoning

  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs premium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbs vinegar ( 1 tbs of white vinegar, 1 tbs black vinegar, kindly note that this is my level of sourness, you may want to add more or lessen it to suit your taste)
  • White Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Method

  • Marinate the pork with 1 tsp of premium soy sauce and cornstarch, set aside
  • Boil the bamboo shoots for 3-5 minutes, set aside, discard the water
  • Prepare your pot, add in the chicken broth, turn on the heat to medium high, add the pork and stirring constantly, to ensure that it would not clump together.
  • Add the shiitake, wood ear fungus, tofu and bamboo shoots
  • Add all the seasoning except the vinegar and pepper
  • Let it come to boil,
  • Add the vinegar,salt and pepper. Give a gentle stir.
  • Add the slurry while gently stirring the soup. Followed by the lightly beaten egg. Let is boil for another minute or two. Serve hot.

Zuppa Toscana

Hearty Soup For Dinner

This is another soup that my family loves, it is loaded with Kale, bacon, potatoes and hot and spicy sausages. It is very easy to prepare and satisfying. The spiciness of the sausages just give an extra oomph to the soup. My family always goes for second serving hence I always make one big pot to satisfy their appetite. This recipe is about 8 big servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 big bunch kinky Kale (leaves only)
  • 200 ml cooking cream
  • 3L Chicken Broth
  • 300g bacon chopped to 2 inches size
  • 1 pack hot and spicy sausage (6 pcs) chopped( I used Johnsonville Brand)
  • 4 medium size potatoes (cube)
  • 1 1/2 medium size yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 minced garlic bulb

Method

  • In medium high heat, cook the bacon until crisp using your pot or dutch oven, no need to add oil. Let the fat from bacon render out. Set aside the bacon. Leave only about 2 tablespoon of oil from the bacon
  • Add the sausages, cook for about 5 minutes, add in the garlic and yellow onion, cook until the onion is translucent. Stir the pot constantly.
  • Add the broth, followed by the potatoes
  • Bring the soup to boil, continue cooking for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Add the bacon, followed by the kale. Cook until the kale softens.
  • Lower the heat, add the cream, and let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve the soup on a bowl, topped with some crispy bacon.