What do you do when you are sick? What do you eat, or try to eat? This is the soup I turn to. Every time. I’ve been making this soup for over 15 years. It is my feel better healing soup. Everyone needs one of these.
I found the foundation of this recipe in 2000 from the August Chatelaine Magazine. The recipe for Hot and Sour Soup got my attention. Especially the sentence under the title: “This version of hot-and-sour soup skips the cornstarch that makes some commercial varieties of this Asian favourite thick and gloppy.” I love the flavours of hot and sour soup but didn’t really care for the texture, so I was excited to try this version. It was amazing.
Miso is a wonderful addition to this miracle soup. Miso adds an extra umami flavour and has many health benefits. Miso is a source of probiotics which add beneficial bacteria to the gut to support digestion. An even quicker soup recipe is 1 cup of broth and 1 tablespoon of miso. This makes a nutritious flavourful broth to help you feel better quickly.
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Hot and Sour Miso Soup
1 litre vegetable stock*
2 shiitake mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce*
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon honey
100 grams soba noodles
150 grams tofu, chopped into small cubes
1 tablespoon miso
1/4 cup water
3 green onions
spicy peppers, minced
Heat vegetable broth and add garlic, ginger and shiitake mushrooms. When hot, turn to simmer and add soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, honey, soba noodles, and tofu. Heat until noodles are soft.
Is a small bowl, combine miso with 1/4 cup water. Stir to dissolve. Add this to the soup. Heat gently. High heat can destroy the benefits of the miso. Add green onions and garnish with cilantro, spicy peppers, and shimiji mushrooms.
*I recommend using lower salt varieties as the miso adds sodium as well.