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Crockpot Hot and Sour Soup (Brilliantly Tweaked)

Updated on November 17, 2017
The hero of this soup.
The hero of this soup.
Yumminess
Yumminess

Kung Fu Fighting!!

Good for what ails ya!

As I mentioned in my Natural Cold Remedies hub, a good hot and sour soup can be a great remedy for colds and clogged sinuses. Not to mention it just tastes awesome!

Well, I've been searching far and wide for a recipe that tastes as authentic as the restaurant, but also have ingredients that I can buy without taking up my staff and making an epic 1 hour journey to the nearest Asian Grocery.

(Ok, I admit there are some downsides to living out here in the edge of suburbia. Wal-mart's ethnic foods selection is like 3 foot wide and includes Ramen noodles. Sigh.

Anyway, I found a recipe online, but I had to tweak it quite a bit to suit my tastes and convenience. This is the final result and I hope you enjoy.

(These are all ingredients found at my local Wal-mart. Look for the Sriracha, bamboo shoots, and soy sauce in the ethnic foods selection.)


Ingredients

  • 6 oz Broccoli Slaw, (fresh broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage shredded)
  • 8oz can bamboo shoots, rinsed
  • 14 oz package tofu, extra-firm, water packed
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 4 1/3 cups water, divided
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce, reduced sodium
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp ginger, powdered
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 6oz thin egg noodles or lo mein noodles
  • 1 cup sliced scallions
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, pre sliced

Instructions

  1. First the mushrooms; line the bottom of the crock pot with these delectable fungi. Top with the even more delectable broccoli slaw and bamboo shoots.
  2. Dice up the tofu into 1/2 inch pieces and bounce them merrily into the crock-pot. "Boing!" Ok, just gently dump them in. Sorry, I was just trying to make tofu sound more exciting. ( If you want to forgo the tofu all together, that's fine too. I personally am not tofu's biggest fan, but some people like the little chewy erasers in their hot and sour soup. Go figure.)
  3. Sprinkle your white pepper cover the tofu. What's the deal with white pepper anyway? I tasted it, and I couldn't taste a darn thing. It's kind of like paprika and parsley; they add something, but I'm not sure what!
  4. Here's the important part, the broth! Mix 4 cups water, vegetable broth, both vinegars, soy sauce, Sriracha sauce and ginger in a bowl. Mix it reallll good. Then rub a Buddha belly for good measure. Will it help? Can't hurt! Taste the mix before you dump it in the crock-pot. Not hot enough for ya? Add more Sriracha! Who needs a stomach lining anyway? It's overrated!
  5. Dump the broth in with the rest of the yummy concoction. Crank the heat up to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Personally, I think it's always better to cook on low. Slow and low, baby.
  6. After 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high for you impatient people!) Take the remaining 1/3 cup water, cornstarch and sesame oil and whisk together in a bowl. You better not have any lumps. Seriously. Once it's lump free, stir in and cook for another 20 minutes. Stir in the dry noodles. Don't worry, they will cook fast! Cover for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions, add more soy sauce and more Sriracha (more?!? Are you crazy?!?), if desired.
  7. Scoop out a bowl and taste the awesomeness. Did I really need to tell you this?
  8. Watch some cheesy Kung-Fu movies for a complete kick-a$$ evening.
  9. Remember to turn off the crock-pot before you go to bed!
  10. Ok, I'm just being silly now.

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      SRaymond 

      4 years ago

      For God's sake, just find a locally owned Asian grocery store and pay less for all the listed ingredients. You'll be supporting a local business. Nice recipe, by the way.

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Sounds like an interesting substitution, Ericdierker. Thanks for the suggestion!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent soup recipe. In our home we would out the soy sauce and add the fish sauce, preferably Phu Quoc

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      GoodLady, I have a love-hate relationship with Wal-mart. I know it's a very evil store (in terms of wiping out small businesses, not giving benefits to their employees,etc.) but they are so darn close and cheap.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I'm sure it tastes OK. Takes such a long time to brew Really. but I can't stand Tofu. Tofu is my pet hate! Oh and I love a rant. My Buddah belly loves it though.

      Wonder where your Wal mart is? We don't have one. We just have fields. No Tofu in fields. Lots of noodles.

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