Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Warming Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup has long been one of my favourite comfort foods.  This version is easy enough for a weeknight, packed with bright flavours, and short on exotic ingredients.

I have an outsized collection of cookbooks.  Personally, I blame my cookbook collection on my nocturnal reading habits, because I love to wind down after a busy day by lazing in bed with a good cookbook.   Nonetheless, my cookbook wish list grows constantly, along with my search for ever more interesting books and recipes.

Therefore, when my eldest daughter visited from the US, she spoiled me with the recently released Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery.  Living in Johannesburg, I haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Myers+Chang in Boston.  However, this beautiful book now brings the eatery, and its cuisine, to life in my home kitchen.

For me, what makes this book unique and special is the accessibility of its recipes.  This beautiful book does not present the reader with classic versions Chinese food.  Rather, it celebrates the best of Taiwanese home cooking, American innovation, and East Asian flavours. Thus, the recipes tend to be short on exotic ingredients.  However, they’re still big on flavour.

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About the Recipe

Ironically, the first recipe I prepared from Myers+Chang at Home: Recipes from the Beloved Boston Eatery is a Chinese restaurant classic, hot and sour soup.  However, true to form, Myers+Chang’s version is far from ordinary.

Most standard recipes call for lily buds, black vinegar, bamboo shoots, and other exotica.  However, the Myers+Chang recipe relies on regular rice wine vinegar and ingredients available at most well-stocked supermarkets.  Nonetheless, it hits all the right flavour notes and is easy enough to be prepared on a busy weeknight.

As someone who craves hot and sour soup each an every time my immune system is weak, this recipe is my new standard.  I hope your family will appreciate it as much as mine does.  Bon appétit!


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