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Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup | Bijouxs Little Jewels

Yes, time to clear the decks. This lighter version of the classic Chinese restaurant soup starts another year New Year off right. Hot and Sour Soup, a bowl that is a little jewel.


In addition to starting the New Year and wanting a start fresh, we have had confinement to keep us at home this winter. Uggh, feeling heavy and very much in need of a bright spot. A clean soup, and maybe a detox will do the trick? Here is a simple soup to pull you out of the doldrums.


The year (has it really been that long?) at home has nurtured again my love of classic recipes. These are what I cut my teeth on as a budding chef at 21 years of age. However new is good too. Lightening up the classics is a great way to capture beloved food tastes, but in a more healthy manner. This is the age of Aquarius.

I have been making Hot and Sour Soup for years, with many iterations of the recipe along the way. I play around with the basic soup, like Feeling Good Bowl of Noodles, that I ramp up with more hot chili paste. In my search for a lighter fresher version of classic Hot and Sour, I found this recipe and made a few small changes. The soup is warming and light, just like in restaurants.


I almost always cook all my own food at home, except for those special dinners out (used to). I love being able to control and know what foods go into my body, it’s a health thing. When I was lived in LA  for almost all my life I had access to the most amazing Asian cuisine, just down the street from my home. I know poor me, I moved up to the central coast and well the choices of my favorite cuisines are now much more limited. Even as a private chef, I have only prepared basic Chinese recipes. Hot and Sour Soup is a favorite and one you can master at home.

Hot and Sour Soup does not contain a long list of ingredients and most are available in the supermarket. My local Farmers market does have a great mushroom vendor, so for this recipe I was able to use fresh mushrooms supplemented with some frozen mushrooms. We all are doing our best. I think fresh ginger and garlic are key to the recipe. I use an organic vegetable broth and lots of hot chili garlic paste. I think of Hot and Sour Soup as a medicine of sorts, warming from the inside when the weather turns cold. I freeze some soup for later and make soup the meal along with a light salad on days I want to lighten things up.

Hot and Sour Soup | Bijouxs Little Jewels

I am using my isolation time to work on my cookbook #4 Beautiful Food by Design, which is still about a year away.

Stay safe and well and thank you for being a part of Bijouxs Little Jewels from the Kitchen.


As always, enjoy. B

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