Hot N’ Sour Soup

What do I want? I want a real winter. A real winter with real snow. A lot of you guys might be questioning yourself, “Is she mad?”. Don’t judge me, hear me out. Unlike most of you, I live in a place which has summer for ten WHOLE months. The last two months are fake winters,that is winters without snow. I think wintery-winters are lovely. And its not just the snow. Its the warm blankets, hot food,coffee,chocolate,nuts,soup,gossip and laziness that attracts me. I’m attracted to cold mist and cold hands. Glad to have a break from the moisture and sweat that marks the other months. Maybe I should consider myself lucky that we often end up with the best of both seasons. Even the summer heat is never smoldering, its just there too much of the time. Does that mean we don’t have spring and autumn? Probably,since I never spotted the difference. Either it’s cold or it’s warm. It was  cold yesterday, I could feel the winter on my nose. The best way to feel winter on your nose it to touch it. The feeling is like porcelain left in the fridge for a while. I wonder if it can crack as well if I pinch it. My sister told me to try it out! Obviously I did not 😛 Anyway. I made hot n’ sour soup for the two of us yesterday. We love this soup. Its the “sssss soup”. All you can do after eating it is stutter and gasp, from the hot and spicy-ness of it! And its super easy, super delicious,super everything good!

xb

xc

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 8-10 green chili(finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cabbage(finely chopped)
  • 2 tbsp red chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp white (or black) pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 6 cup chicken stock
  • 1/6 of spaghetti packet boiled (we just need a few noodles based on how much you want in your soup)
  •  2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded chicken

How to go about it

  • In a pan stir fry shredded chicken in 2 tbsp oil. Just fry for a minute or two. Take out and set aside.
  • In a pan  add finely chopped green chili and cabbage. Saute for a while in some vegetable oil.
  •  Add chili sauce, soy sauce,salt,pepper,red chili powder,brown sugar,chicken stock,ketchup.
  • Add boiled noodles and stir.
  • Let the soup simmer.
  • Add fried chicken to the pan.
  • Dissolve cornflour in 2 tbsp water and pour into the soup. This is to thicken it slightly.
  • Pour egg over soup in THREADS and not lumps. You can use a piping bag/Plastic bag with tiny hole/spoon for this.Be careful.
  • Let the soup simmer for a while before serving.

rose_hip_snow_frost_222897

Spicy Spaghetti And Lazy Days

There’s always one Saturday night when I’m up late and the rest of the house is asleep. Inevitably I get hungry, and I want something instantly. No, I won’t order something from Pizza Hut or Nandos. Because when I do that, I fall asleep after placing the order. I am terrible at waiting 😛 Someone else has to get up from their dear sleep, and get the food in. I’d rather go to the kitchen and make my supper spicy spaghetti. I can’t say enough about them. I love them and will have them any time.Especially with a side dish of mash potatoes! Sharing my recipe here!

Photo1435

Photo1438

What you need for it

  • Half a packet spaghetti- Boiled
  • 1 capsicum finely chopped
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cabbage finely chopped
  • A few spring onions chopped
  • 1 cup boiled shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 can pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper ground
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • vegetable oil to fry

How to go about it

  • Take a large pan and heat oil in it
  • On a low heat add the spring onions,capsicum,carrot,onion,and  cabbage. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add the shredded chicken to the pan and stir.
  • Add pureed tomatoes to the pan. stir. Add all the spices,sauces and vinegar and stir them into the material in the pan.
  • Put cornflour in cooled chicken stock and mix with a spoon. (Warning: putting it in hot stock will curdle cornflour)
  • Add the cornflour/stock mixture to the pan and stir.
  • Lastly add boiled spaghetti to the pan and mix them into all the fried material. Fry every thing for 5-7 minutes

Your super spicy spaghetti is ready. The more you make them, the less time it will take. I take maximum half an hour to put the deal together. I love the hot and sour-ness of these!

Photo1441