Hot and sour soup is one of the most satisfying foods to consume when you are under the weather. It warms you up, fills you up, soothes a sore throat, and helps you sweat out toxins, but you do not have to be sick to eat this! This soup is good all year round and is full of flavour!
Most hot and sour soups attain their red colour from ketchup. I was surprised at first and have tried several versions and have concluded that it really does give an extra kick and a slight sweetness. However, if you are not a fan of ketchup, it may be substituted for fresh tomatoes or tomato paste.
1 cup thinly sliced savoy, or green cabbage
2 scallions, chopped
2 tablespoons miso paste
2 carrots chopped
1 bunch enoki mushrooms, separated
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 red chilli pepper
2 teaspoons white, or rice, or cider vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
½ cup cilantro
1 cup bean sprouts
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 cup water
Boil all ingredients excluding cornstarch and bean sprouts for 20 min. The vegetables will become soft and the water will be infused with their flavour. Remove from heat and stir in the cornstarch-water. The soup will begin to thicken. Fill half a bowl with fresh bean sprouts and ladle the hot and sour soup overtop.