The Laziest (and therefore best) Hot and Sour Soup
They only thing I love more than a good soup is a super lazy soup. To qualify as a lazy soup it must be possible to be prepared with the absolute minimum amount of thought and effort on my part and the whole process should take between 10 and 15 minutes from start to finish. This mostly gets made when I have no interest in cooking but still need to eat. Its so effortless that I’m always a bit surprised at how tasty it is.
- 1 x bag of shop bought fresh stir-fry mix
- 1 x straight to wok noodles/tofu (optional)
- 1 x onion
- 2 x hot chilli peppers (I like red) or chilli paste
- 2 x garlic cloves
- 1 x ltr veg stock
- 10 x table spoons balsamic vinegar
- ? x any veg you might want to add – mushrooms always work well
- Sesame oil for frying and flavour
- 3 x table spoon of dark soya sauce
A little note of the use of chillies to make this “hot”. The more chillies the hotter the soup will be so do this to your own tastes. Over the years I have struggled to select chillies in the shop that are the right level of spice for my appetite so I have devised a fool proof method of working out how hot they are. I take the chilli that is to be tested and take a massive bite out of it. If my head goes numb and the pain is unbearable it is probably just about right for my cooking.
- Chop the onion, garlic and chillies and fry in the sesame oil.
- Drop in the bag of stir-fry mix
- Pour over the veg stock (amount depends on how soupy you want your results)
- At this point at any additional veg you want (I tend to add mushrooms and bean sprouts)
- Add the dark soya sauce as per your tastes
- Now the sour – I add lots of the vinegar as I like the sharpness but you can add to your tastes
- You can add noodles or tofu at this stage if you want the bulk – I add them more often in winter.
- Simmer the pot until the veg is how you like it.
Because I like my veg to have a bit of bite I find that start to finish this dish takes me no more the 10 minutes to prepare and cook. As usual if you happen to make this please let me know how you get on and if you have any alternative suggestions for a similar meal.