Hot and Sour Soup

I heard a rumor that today was supposed to be winter. I checked both weather web pages I use and both said eighty percent chance of snow today and rain and snow all week. Yea, I thought to myself, we may just get a week of winter!

And then the sun came out. Stupid sunshine ruining all my foggy, cold snowy fun.

You know what, I don’t give a freezing cold damn if it’s not really winter today. I’m going to make Hot and Sour Soup anyways.Hot and Sour Soup

You can add your favorite protein to this soup, whether it be chicken, shrimp or tofu but I prefer to add leftover rotisserie chicken, like this one I am completely addicted to from Sprout’s. No joke, last week when I was driving home up our winding mountain highways and was stuck behind a rock slide, I inhaled like half a rotisserie chicken while stuck in traffic, for my dinner and it was beyond delicious and super healthy! If you do buy the rotisserie chicken then there is an extra step to this soup.

*After peeling all the meat off the chicken carcass, let the chicken carcass simmer in hot water for twenty minutes, adding all the drippings from the plastic container, to make your own chicken broth.

Hot and Sour Soup

1 teaspoon chili oil

1 teaspoon sesame oil

2 teaspoons chopped ginger

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

4 cups chicken broth

4 teaspoons soy sauce

2-4 teaspoons sriracha

4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

4 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1 can bamboo shoots

1/2 cup mushrooms (I prefer oyster mushrooms, but any will do)

2 green onions, chopped thin

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

6 eggs, beaten

Heat both oils and then add the garlic and ginger, cooking over medium heat. When cooked, add the chicken broth. Mix in the vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha and honey. Let simmer at least twenty minutes. Add the protein, if any, the mushrooms and the bamboo shoots. Let cook another five minutes. Mix the arrowroot powder with 1/4 cup water and mix in. Let cook five minutes and stir in the eggs. Keep stirring for two minutes. Cook an additional five minutes. Top with the green onions and serve.

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  1. April J Harris

    I’m sorry you were disappointed in the weather, but what a great soup to cheer yourself up with! Your Hot and Sour Soup sounds comforting and delicious too! Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  2. Miz Helen

    Your soup looks fantastic and I always love your photos! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Deb in Hawaii

    Your soup looks great and I appreciate you linking it up at Souper Sundays. In order to be part of the roundup this week, when you have a minute can you please add a working link to Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen and link it back to the linkup post link: I do see a link to my blog but not to the event itself and the link isn’t working. If you have questions the details on how to link are in the weekly Souper Sundays post or leave a comment.

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