Pile on hot & sour soup is a veggie extravaganza. Think spicy-sour-savory veggie soup and then think pile on your favorite garnishes. Keep piling on – this one is low calorie, guilt-free goodness. There you go, feel good on steroids.
Hot & sour one-pot wonder
Pile on hot & sour soup is one-pot seriousness and surprisingly easy to put together. None of the ingredients require a special shopping excursion. If you want to save time, you can use pre-prepared cabbage and leeks (I’ve been known to do that in a pinch).
Piled on and loaded
I like the wildness of a soup pot overflowing with vegetables (as long as I can maintain some sense of control). It creates anticipation that I’m about to get a serious burst of nutrition and as always, I don’t compromise one bit on taste. What’s the fun of eating if you don’t enjoy the journey?
Although you’ll find plenty of satisfaction from a bowl of pile on, I like to take it to another level with some serious garnishing. Crispy sugar snap peas, julienned carrots, spring onions, whatever you have on hand. I had a few spring roll wrappers hanging about, so I diced them into small squared and popped them into the over for 5 minutes at 4250 F (2200C). They get quite crispy and then as they hit the soup start to form little dumpling squares. Cool.
Hit it hard, hit back
Of all the soups I make and of all those new recipes swirling in my head at any given moment, I humbly attest that pile on hot & sour soup is one of the most renewing. I highly recommend it after a workout (body or brain), or when you feel too much ‘life load’. You’ll just feel energized after eating it and loaded to go without being weighted down.
When things start to pile on and I get a bit stressed, I often turn to food to get me through. In the past, that might have meant indulging in options on the unhealthy side. As a result, I did this nothing more than raise my level of stress. Counterproductive. I’ve learned to keep options on hand that I can pile on without residual guilt. Renewal. Ready to take on the rest of it. Peace.Print
Pile on hot & sour soup is a spicy-sour-savory burst of veggie goodness that is low calorie, guilt-free and good that you’ll keep coming back for more.
- 2 cups chopped leeks (2 leeks)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 fresh red chili finely diced
- 2 cups chopped cabbage
- 8 oz. (250 gm) bean sprouts
- 14 oz (400 gm) mushrooms (I just regular button mushrooms, but you can you a mix)
- 2 – 15 oz cans adzuki beans
- 1 – 8 oz can water chestnuts
- 12 cups water or vegetable broth
- ½ cup tamari or soy sauce
- ½ cup rice vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. Sriracha or other hot sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Sake (optional)
- Sliced sugar snap peas
- Julienned carrots
- Spring (green) onions
- Spring rolls squares
- Grab a big soup pot and place it over medium heat.
- Add the leeks and sauté them for 5 minutes to soften them up.
- Add the garlic, chili, cabbage, bean sprouts, mushrooms and adzuki beans. Mix the vegetables.
- Add the broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha and Sake.
- Bring the pot to a simmer and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Prepare any of your garnishes while the soup cooks.
- Taste and adjust the soy sauce, rice vinegar and hot sauce to taste.
- This makes a huge pot of soup, but it freezes easily. Consider having this on hand at all times.
- Yes, pile on even more by adding thin rice noodles or dry fried tofu.
- There are a lot of veggie options for this soup so consider branching out to include broccoli, baby corn or bamboo shoots.
- Category: Soups & Stews
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: Plant-based
Keywords: pile on hot & sour soup