Mike's Spicy Hot & Sour Dumpling Soup

As a crazy busy Chef and Culinary Instructor, you know I m obviously all about the, deliciously easy. After all, who ever said super easy and pre-fabed food can t be absolutely nom nom nommy!? The stuck up. That s who! Anyway, at 1:00 a.m., last night my ravenous wife woke and decided she had a terrible craving for a spicy, steamy, Asian Hot & Sour Soup. Preferably Thai based. Hence the use of coconut, lime, Thai Basil, Thai Chilies and fresh mint. [all optional ingredients] With of course, her favorite thick, meaty, steamed juicy dumplings. She also politely [rolling eyes] requested it all with the quickness. So, I decided to incorporate both for her temperamental, demamding midnight tummy. Since her wish is my eternal command, I obliged. Tho I ll easily admit, I do love making that sweet little baby girl smile. No matter what time of night it is! Anywho, if you have these basic Asian ingredients at the ready, this dish can be made with lightening speed. My total prep time was less than 5 minutes. Three minutes actually. My total simmer time was less than 5 minutes as well. [thank God cause my girl was beyond hungry. in fact, she was what i d actually call, hangry ] Sheeze! I m surprised she didn t bite me. In the end, she adored her tummy soothing, spicy dumpling soup and fell right back into deep slumber. So all in all, know I m a happy spouse and Chef! Albit a bit sleepy. 😴 Oh well, happy wife – happy life, right?! I hope it pleases you and yours as well! With that, remember – Always marry a Chef. Looks fade. Hunger doesn t.

Ingredients

  1. 1 Packet Quality Hot amp Sour Soup
  2. 12 Frozen Small Steamed Meat amp Mushroom Dumplings your choice – steamed in microwave
  3. 2 1/2 Cups Beef Broth instead of water – but substitute the exact amount manufacture calls for
  4. 1/3 Cup Fresh Thai Basil chopped reserves for garnish
  5. to taste Sushi Nori dried seaweed – broken into small pieces – be careful with these as they can taste pretty fishy!
  6. 1 tsp Fresh Mint chopped reserves for garnish – optional
  7. 3 Thai Chilies minced – optional
  8. 1 Dash Coconut Milk optional – only if you want that Thai flavor
  9. 1/8 Cup Water Chestnuts chopped
  10. to taste Fresh Bean Sprouts
  11. 1 tsp Lemon Grass fine minced
  12. 2 tbsp Fresh Chives minced
  13. 1 Dash Lime Juice
  14. 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  15. 1 tsp Quality Fish Sauce
  16. 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  17. 3 Cloves Fresh Garlic smashed amp minced
  18. 1/2 tbsp Pickled Ginger minced
  19. 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
  20. as needed Chow Mein Noodles
  21. 1 tbsp Corn Starch amp 1 tbsp Water mixed well amp added to your simmering pot – optional – only if you want to thicken your broth

Method

  1. Change This and the next three photos below are what youll need Lemon Grass and sprouts not pictured Sorry it was late and I forgot
  2. Change Coconut milk soy sauce Thai Chilies and fresh garlic cloves pictured
  3. Change Water Chestnuts pictured
  4. Change Boil your eggs Bring eggs to a boil and shut off heat Let set for 18 minutes covered then chill I always have boiled eggs at the ready in my fridge so that always saves some precious time for me
  5. Change Quick chop what herbs that need be Including garlic Chives Thai Basil fresh mint and red pepper flakes pictured below
  6. Microwave your dumplings as per your manufactures directions Usually 1 minute is all it takes You can easily find these delicious little juicy bad boys at your local Asian market Or even Costco or Sams Club if you have a membership there
  7. Change Add everything except for boiled eggs and garnishments and simmer your soup Add your corn starch and water mixture at end of high simmer if you want to thicken your broth After all you do want your broth to literally cling to your dumplings
  8. Change Then add your pre-steamed hot dumplings and gently stir
  9. Change Garnish your soup with fresh Thai Basil fresh mint and top with sliced boiled eggs Also add crunchy Chow Mein Noodles Serve with sides of Soy Sauce fish sauce and chilled pickled Ginger Enjoy your tiny midnight taste of Thailand!

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