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    Spicy Gai Lan and Bean Curd Soup

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    31 mins

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    Sue Lau's Note:

    Gai Lan, which is known as Chinese broccoli, can be found at many Asian grocers. But if you can't find it, don't despair, fresh tender broccoli can be substituted in a pinch (it tastes quite similar anyway). This makes a wonderful light soup which can be totally vegetarian if you wish. It does turn out a bit spicy with the full three peppers sliced in (with the seeds)(I used fresh red Thai dragons in the recipe), so adjust the heat to your own taste. I think this also might be nice with chicken substituted for the tofu- if you choose to do that, add about 10-12 ounces of chopped cooked chicken where you would add the tofu. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Bring broth, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce (if using) to a boil in a large sauce pan.
    2. 2
      Add sliced gai lan and chopped chillies, return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes until crisp-tender.
    3. 3
      Gently add tofu and chopped scallions to soup, stirring without breaking tofu.
    4. 4
      Cook 2-3 minutes on low heat or until soup is heated though.
    5. 5
      Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 19, 2004


      I came across this recipe when I was trying to find something to make tofu taste good. I've never been a big fan of the stuff and I'm not sure this recipe converted me, but we very much enjoyed the spicy broth and broccoli. I used homemade duck broth for the soup base. I felt the soup needed just a bit more depth of flavour though, even with the spicyness, so I added a squeeze of lime juice and a tiny bit of fish sauce.

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    • on April 24, 2004


      Not for the timid, but then I used 3 hot chilies and it was wonderful. Gai Lan is not readily available so I used broccoli as suggested with excellent results Very easy soup to pull togerther great step by step instructions and the end result is YUM Thanks Sue another keeper

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    Nutritional Facts for Spicy Gai Lan and Bean Curd Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (461 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 14.9
    Calories from Fat 6
    Total Fat 0.6 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 2.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 0.8 g
    Protein 0.4 g

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    gai lan

    low-fat extra-firm silken tofu

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