Hot and Sour Soup


Hot and sour soup is one of those dishes that makes me firmly believe that food truly is medicine. Hot and sour soup has become my go-to comfort food whenever anyone in my house has a cold or is just feeling run down. The soup’s thick, silky texture feels great on a sore throat, and its heat and sour bite seem to cut through congestion and warm you from the inside.

Most recipes for hot and sour soup contain a hefty dose of soy sauce, which is usually made with wheat.  I am gluten free so  my homemade version relies on easy-to-find ingredients that you should be able to find in most  grocery stores, and comes together pretty quickly, because the last thing I want to do when nursing a bad cold is stand at the stove for hours on end!

Mr W. seems to caught the bug that is going around so I figured it was the perfect time to make a batch of our favorite belly warming soup and share the recipe with you.

Gluten Free, Soy Free Hot and Sour Soup

8 cups organic low sodium vegetable broth  (I buy Aldi’s organic brand)                               3 Tbsp arrowroot starch
3-4 scallions, sliced (green and white parts)
2 cups mushrooms, sliced (I’ve used button and baby shitakes but use any variety you like)                                                                                                                                                          1 (8-oz.) can bamboo shoots, drained and rinsed(optional)
3 T coconut aminos

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 T Siracha or other hot sauce (I like my soup pretty spicy so you may want to start with 1 teaspoon and add more as desired)
1 Tbsp ginger root, peeled and minced
2 t toasted sesame oil (if you don’t already have this in your pantry it’s worth the investment. It really adds flavor!)
2 eggs, scrambled


  1. Set aside 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth for later use.
  2. Add the remaining 7 1/2 cups broth, mushrooms, bamboo shoots (if using), rice wine vinegar, coconut aminos, ginger and chili garlic sauce to a stockpot and stir to combine.  Heat over medium-high heat until the soup reaches a simmer.
  3. While the soup is heating, whisk together the 1/2 cup of broth(that you had set aside) and arrowroot starch in a small bowl until completely smooth.  Once the soup has reached a simmer, stir in the  arrowroot starch mixture and stir for 1 minute or so until the soup has thickened.
  4. Continue stirring the soup in a circular motion, then drizzle in the eggs in a thin stream (while still stirring the soup) to create egg ribbons.  Stir in half of the green onions, and sesame oil.  Then season the soup with salt and black pepper (or white pepper) to taste.  If you’d like a more “sour” soup, feel free to add in another tablespoon or two of rice wine vinegar as well.  Or if you’d like a spicier soup, add in more hot sauce.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with the extra green onions.

* I actually prefer using a pinch of white pepper in this soup instead of black pepper.  But in case you’ve never used it, be careful — it has a much stronger and different flavor than black pepper!  So start with less, and then you can always add more.  🙂

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a try I’d love to hear how you like it.

** If you’re not Gluten free you can use soy sauce in place of the coconut aminos.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you give it a try I’d love to hear how you like it.

Changing directions

When I restarted blogging it was my intention to make this blog about simplifying our lives and down sizing our possessions but it seems life at this moment has taken this blog in a different direction at least for now anyway.

We are are in the mists of a bitter cold spell at the moment at in these freezing time I don’t venture out unless necessary, yea I know I’m a wimp but hey I like to be warm. So there isn’t a lot happening on the growing front or outside much for that matter for us so it appears you will have to deal with my food posts and my healing journey until the deep freeze aka winter is over. 🙂

With that being said I don’t know if I have bored you with the details of my heal and don’t really feel like going into great details but in 2012 I started having unknown digestive issues and at one time debilitating stomach pain but with drastic diet changes I no longer have that pain. I have had many testes done and the results always come back fine. So I have done most of the work on my own to find way to help my body heal, however I am not 100% healed so I continue to change my diet and work on finding alternative ways of healing my body.

For me it has become about healing through healthy foods and find ways to make and share those foods with my family and have them eating healthier without really knowing it. Yes I know I’m a bit devious like that. (wink wink)100B0210So before I end this post I will leave you with one way I am healing from the inside out. While it maybe winter, I am still able to eat fresh greens by spouting my own broccoli seeds. This way of eating is quickly being coming a passion of mine.sprouts