Hot and Sour Soup for the Sick

January 25, 2009

I’ve been sick for over a week and poor Michael caught it, too. So while we’re moping around nights and weekends, struggling to avoid sunlight and chores, we’re also pretty hungry for something other than delivery food.  So this weekend I made a gallon of hot and sour soup.

Most of you know that I don’t cook much. Don’t worry that’ you’ve missed a milestone in my life and this isn’t a new leaf turning over; I consider anything that is cooked in boiling water to be “heating.” It was easy and delicious and I might just heat up all these ingredients up again together:

*mushrooms *thinly-cut pork *scallions *whisked eggs *white pepper *sesame oil *rice vinegar *soy sauce *tabasco sauce *corn starch

Really, just throw the shrooms and  pork in a pot of boiling water with vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil (2x soy as oil). Once the pork looks cooked, take it off heat, add scallions and start stirring. Drip the eggs in (about one egg for every three cups of water) so that they get stringy in the swirling water. Mix in some cornstarch for a bit of thickness (1tbs per 6 cups).

For some heat, splash in the tobasco sauce and white pepper to taste. If there isn’t quite enough bite for you, start by adding more vinegar. Rinse and repeat.

A nice side bonus to being sick is I feel like a damn hero for going to the gym and have had more time to become a virtual hero in Xbox live’s Call of Duty: World at War. The soup just makes everything else bearable.



  1. I thought the hearts were excellent, too!

  2. You’re right; chicken hearts would be a GREAT sub for pork in this recipe!

  3. once the pork looks cooked haha. i want the paige rasmussen’s guide to life.

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