Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Vegetarian version of the Chinese favorite. Many thin tofu is bland, but it actually takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked in. In this case it happens to be soy, vinegar and pepper flakes.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3⁄4 cup red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
- 1 1⁄2 cups chopped green onions
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1⁄2 lb snow peas (fresh or frozen) (optional)
- 1 lb firm tofu, drained and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts, drained
- salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in a soup kettle and saute the green onions and bell peppers together until tender.
- Add water, vegetable stock, and soy sauce.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, cover lightly, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Blend cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water.
- In a bowl, blend the vinegar, pepper flakes, cornstarch blend, and sesame oil.
- Stir into the hot soup until incorporated, and then add the tofu, snow peas, and water chestnuts.
- Again cover, and cook for about 5 minutes or until thick and bubbly.
- Turn off the heat.
- Adjust salt and pepper to taste, serve immediately.
I thought this was alright, perfectly fine for a healthy lunch maybe with some toast. I imagine the flavors will be fuller once frozen and reheated which I look forward to.
This was just what I needed. I omitted the red bell pepper and added a couple kinds of dried mushrooms. After reading some of the other reviews I also added less tofu. Very nice comforting soup.