Basic recipes: Pt.3 Spicy Soups

Asian hot and sour soup uses peppers and vinegar to liven up a pork base.

Asian hot and sour soup uses peppers and vinegar to liven up a pork base.

Mention the word “soup” and everyone pictures a different one in their mind. Try it in a group sometime and you’ll be amazed.  After all, “soup” is just a liquid food with three basic ingredients: broth (stock), solid adornments, and spices.  There are thousands of variations and that is what makes soup-making so much fun. Each time soup is made, it seems different.  Read more about spices for soup and which goes with which base.

Soup bases are fairly standard: beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable being the most common. The lumpy ingredients are also fairly standard and we think that the spice chosen to enhance the flavor of the ingredients is critical to the over all taste. So, the important tip we can share with you is to show which spice goes with which type of soup.


Asian Hot and Sour Soup
Serves 6
Our slow cooked version of Hot and Sour Soup
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
  1. Ingredients
  2. 4 cups beef or pork stock
  3. 1 8 ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
  4. 1 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
  5. 1 4 ounce can (drained weight) sliced mushrooms, drained
  6. 1 C cooked pork diced
  7. 1 small chopped sweet onion
  8. 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or vinegar
  9. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  10. 1 teaspoon sugar
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  12. 1-8 ounce package frozen peeled and deveined small shrimp
  13. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  14. 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. 1. Pour stock into a medium sized slow cooker.
  2. 2. Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, mushrooms, onions, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and pepper.
  3. 3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for about 8 hours
  4. 4. dissolve 3T agar or cornstarch in cold water, Stir into the crock pot.
  5. 5. Add shrimp. Cover and cook on low for 50 minutes more.
  6. 6. Pour the beaten egg slowly into the soup in a thin stream. Stir the soup gently so that the egg forms fine strands instead of clumps. Sprinkle with parsley. Makes 6 servings.
  1. Vegans; You can use vegetable broth and tofu in place of the animal products. Eliminate the egg if needed.
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