Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chinese Hot, Sweet and Sour Soup with Rice Noodles


This soup houses an interesting combination of hot, sweet and sour flavours. It is quick to make, that is why it is my soup of choice when it comes to complementing some heavier Chinese dishes. One can certainly use fresh vegetables, but I prefer the frozen mix since I cannot see myself hunting around China Town when my schedule is so so much tied around my teething baby! Maybe later....but we all know that the frozen stuff can sometimes be fresher than the shelved vegetables... Here is what you need, but you can definitely play around ingrediends and their quantities.

Ingredients:
  • 4 oz rice vermicelli
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables: broccoli, sugar snap peas, baby corn, shelled edamame, carrots,water chestnuts, red bell pepper, shitake mushrooms, green onions
  • 2 pints water or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp muskovado (brown) sugar
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 1/2 inch ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Directions:
  1. Cook the rice vermicelli according to the instructions on the packet. Once done, rinse under cold water until the liquid runs clear and drain. Keep warm.
  2. Make a paste out of the red chili, ginger and coriander
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the spicy paste and fry for a few moments, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the sugar and soy sauce and stir in well. Add the lime juice.
  5. Add the vegetable mix and water (or stock) and simmer till the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add the rice vermicelli and simmer for another couple of minutes.
  7. Serve hot before a heavier meal or just on its own.

4 comments :

Mary said...

This dish has such glorious color. You've made me hungry for your soup and its 95 degrees here today. Ah, the power of a good recipe :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Nithya said...

Oh this is really yummy :) Rice noodles to it is making it all the more interesting :)

I am here for the first time and I simply love the site template, the banner, Your tag line is cool :) And yeah ofcourse the food ;) Keep it going. :)Will be back often to see wats new in here :)

Jay said...

Irresistable and droolworthy soup...just love it.

Adelina said...

thanks everyone!

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