After having lots of cakes and cookies and sweet dishes my taste buds want something hot specially when temperature is going down. So I thought of making one of my Moms favorite hot and sour soup. For those who don’t want it to become too hot you always have the option to adjust the ingredients according to taste. So don’t worry be happy.
Chopped mixed vegetable 2 cups (carrots, cabbage, green peas) Mushroom chopped ½ cup Boiled chicken shredded ½ cup Egg 1 large (beaten) Chilly oil 2 table spoon Chilly sauce 1 table spoon (or according to taste) Garlic 2 cloved ( finely choppped) Soya sauce 3 table spoon Sugar ¼ tea spoon Salt and pepper according to taste Chicken stock or water 1 ½ big bowl Corn flour 2 to 3 table spoon Monosodium glutamine a pinch (optional) Rice Vinegar 4 table spoon ( or according to taste)
You can buy chilly oil from the market it is available in any Asian grocery shop or you can make it at home.
To make the chilly oil- Take 5 to 6 table spoon of vegetable or soybean oil on a pan . Heat the oil (make sure the oil is fairly hot)and give 8 to 10 dried whole red chilly( cut them into pieces, remove the seed) in it. Put off the flame. Cover the pan for few minutes then cool and strain the oil in a sealed container. You can preserve this oil and use as desired in recipes or as a dipping sauce with dumplings and noodles. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Now put a pan on flame give chilly oil in it. Now add chopped garlic and chilly sauce (You can add more or less according to your taste) , chopped vegetable, mushroom and chicken . Add a bit of salt and stir for 2 minutes . Add stock, let it boil then add monosodium glutamine,soya sauce and sugar. Adjust seasoning. Mix corn flour with water and add it to the soup. You can add more or less corn flour according to the consistency you want to have for the soup. Simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, gently stir in egg to form thin ribbons then put off the flame and then add vinegar. Stir and your delicious hot and sour soup is ready to serve. Serve hot and before serving you can sprinkle little bit chilly oil to enhance the taste.
In the chilled Saturday evening I think this soup goes well with a romantic or a spine chilling mystery movie . Tell me which one is your favorite accompaniment.
Enjoy A Happy Healthy Weekend!
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