Wednesday, October 9, 2013

{ Dinner Time: A personal serving of Hot and Spicy Soup }

My husband travels once or twice a month for work. When he is away, I usually cook simple one-pot dinner for me and the kids.

During a day on his last trip, I decided to cook some dishes to go with rice, mainly because I found big short-neck clams selling at a mini mart, and they are the kids' favourite.

I had this terrible craving for Hot and Sour soup for days due to the hot weather. Hence, I cooked a small portion of it for myself. (Yes, I bothered to do that! :P)

There isn't soup for the kids, so I cooked the clams in broth, which I will be sharing the recipe. There is lots of sauce for the Steamed Cod too. So no problems for the kids to go with their rice. Then I realised, no greens! Opps!

This is a very simple cheat Hot and Spicy recipe that I'm sharing, just to curb my cravings. ;)

  • 500ml Chicken Broth
  • 1 tablespoon Black Vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Cornflour Mixture (thickener)
  • Chilli Oil

A small amount each of the followings:
  • Chicken Breast meat, cooked and shredded
  • Black Wood Ear aka Black Fungus, shredded
  • Bamboo Shoots, shredded
  • Carrot, shredded
  • Shitake Mushroom, sliced
  • Tofu, cut into strips

How to do it:
  1. Bring broth to a boil.
  2. Add in the ingredients except for the tofu.Put all the shredded ingredients in the broth.
  3. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add the vinegar, light soy sauce and pepper.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Add in the tofu and continue to simmer for a minute.
  7. Gradually add in the cornflour mixture to achieve your desire thickness.
  8. Add some chilli oil and serve.

  • I usually use ground black pepper but I ran out of it so I used white pepper powder instead.
  • Adjust the amount of black vinegar according to your liking.
  • The ingredients used and the amount used for the soup are to your preference but Black Fungus, Bamboo Shoots and Mushrooms are a must for me. They add the crunch for the soup.


  1. Ermmmmm.... 1 teaspoon Ground Black Powder?? Or is it supposed to be black pepper?