100orLESS Soups: Hot and Sour

8 11 2009

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Traditionally, hot and sour soup is rich with pork and egg, which makes it a bit tough to fit into the 100 calorie or less format.  By removing those and adding some extra veggies and tofu, you can have a ton virtually guilt-free!

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Hot and Sour Soup

3 oz extra firm tofu
1T Chinese five spice powder
1c water
1/2 oz dried shitake mushrooms
8c chicken broth
1T sesame oil
6T soy sauce
8T seasoned rice vinegar
1T chili/garlic sauce
1 clove garlic, grated
1T ginger root, grated
1 can straw mushrooms (appx. 190g)
1 can sliced bamboo shoots (appx. 150g)
1 can whole water chestnuts (appx. 140g)
1T cornstarch
3T chopped scallions

First, prep your tofu and mushrooms.  Slice the tofu into three or four strips and rub liberally with the five spice powder.  Then, broil or grill it until it has thoroughly browned, about 5 minutes.

Heat the cup of water to just off a boil, and add the mushrooms and cover.  This will steep while you prepare the rest of the soup, like a tea.

In a large pot, bring the chicken stock to a boil.  Stir in the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili sauce, garlic and ginger, and cook at a boil for 3 to five minutes.  At this point, give it a taste and adjust the soy/vinegar/heat levels to your preference.

Reduce to a simmer and add in the veggies.  I like to slice the straw mushrooms in half and crush the water chestnuts with the back of my knife.  This adds nice body and texture.

Now, remove the shitakes from the steeping liquid.  DO NOT THROW THIS LIQUID AWAY!  Slice the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces and add them to the soup.  Whisk the cornstarch into the now-cooled mushroom “tea,” and add it to the soup.  Bring it to a boil to fully thicken.

You can garnish the whole batch with the chopped scallions, or add it to each serving as you go.

(Recipe makes 11 8oz servings.)

Nutrition Facts for 1 8oz serving:

Calories: 70

Total Fat: 1.3g

Cholesterol: 3.6mg

Sodium: 1400mg

Total Carbs: 11.7g

Dietary Fiber: 1.2g

Protein: 3.3g

(Nutritionals generated by SparkRecipes.)

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