Throw Together Some Hot & Sour Soup

Freelancers don’t get sick days, so we tend to find creative ways to pamper ourselves while still getting our jobs done. I’m not letting this annoying cold stop me from meeting deadlines, even if every time I take my dog out in the unseasonably frigid air I have a coughing fit.


Hot and sour soup always eases cold symptoms for me. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who doesn’t eat meat, but when I’m sick enough I’ll gladly pick the pork out of the soup.

My cold symptoms had me craving hot and sour soup today, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients. I did, however, have enough things to cobble together a respectable — and delicious — near-vegetarian version. (The only reason it’s not vegetarian is because I threw in a handful of pre-cooked frozen salad shrimp at the end.)

Instead of measuring, I just added a bit of this and a pinch of that.

  • About 2 cups of my homemade veggie stock
  • Two huge cloves of garlic
  • Lots of thinly slivered ginger
  • Two super hot Thai chilis, sliced open
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Dash of rice vinegar
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Sliced onion
  • A bit of chopped red pepper
  • One chopped carrot
  • One stalk of celery, sliced
  • Handful of frozen peas
  • Soy sauce
  • A few whole coriander seeds
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Unless you love really hot food, remove thai chilis when the vegetables are cooked.

Stir into soup:

  • Cornstarch/water slurry  – just enough to thicken the soup
  • One beaten egg
  • Handful of thawed salad shrimp, if desired

The final result is spicy and gingery enough to clear out your sinuses, but not so spicy that you can’t enjoy it. Would I prefer it with tofu strips and green onions? Yes. But under the circumstances, this is pretty darn good. I’m starting to feel better already.

What are your favorite home remedies for colds and flu?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on November 18, 2014, in cooking, food, non-recipe recipe, sick days, Soup and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sounds wonderful Paula even tho’ I think you should stay in bed so you can really get over that cold.1

  2. Paula Hendrickson

    Every time I recline the coughing gets worse. Darn post-nasal drip!

  3. Chicken noodle soup! or just plain soup noodles xx

    • Paula Hendrickson

      There’s probably no better cold remedy that hot homemade soup, of almost any variety. Chicken noodle is a classic.

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