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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Feline Friday and the 2021 A to Z Challenge!! H is for Hot and Sour Soup!!

Feline Friday thanks to Sandee !

While our dear French friends are on
a much needed vacation we are cat-sitting
this darling kitty! She was very upset
the first few days understandably, but now
is settled in being by herself most of the days
but soooo happy when we visit for a few hours!
Every day we come over around 9am and stay til 11am.
We cuddle with her and play with her and
I bring her a few cats treats to eat each day.
You will see a few more photos of her over the next few weeks!

Now onto the soup!!!

 Hot and Sour Soup  6 servings

This rich, earthy soup is given the perfect amount of tang from soy sauce and ginger. To make it vegetarian, substitute the chicken stock with vegetable stock.


14 ounces firm water-packed tofu, drained

1 3/4 tablespoon water, divided

1/2 ounce dried, sliced shiitake mushrooms

4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

2 teaspoons sugar

3/4 teaspoons white pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup bamboo shoots, drained

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion tops


Drain tofu, and place on several layers of paper towels. Cover tofu with several more layers of paper towels; top with a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan. Let stand 30 minutes. Discard paper towels. Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes.

Bring 1 ½ cups water to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in mushrooms; let stand 30 minutes. Stir in broth and next 6 ingredients (through garlic); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine ¼ cup water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture, tofu, and bamboo shoots into broth mixture; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally; remove from heat. Drizzle egg into broth mixture (do not stir). Place pan over low heat; cook 1 minute. Stir soup gently to combine. Sprinkle with onions. 

Enjoy and never ever forget to have a delicious day!


  1. Such a cute kitty! That soup sounds good too, even with tofu!

  2. Aww! She's quite a poser too heheh!

    Another lovely recipe sounds delish delish I say 🥣

    Have a soupertastic safe weekend Kathe 👍😷😷😷

  3. Now that's a soup I can really enjoy.
    Nice of you to cat-sit.

  4. Poor kitty must have wondered where her people have gone. Now she knows you are coming in every day it has made her more settled.
    The soup sounds delicious.

  5. Aw on the kitty. I know you'll get along just fine and she will be fine while her peeps are away.

    Oh the soup. Another favorite of mine. I'm loving your soups.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Big hug to you both and lots of scritches to both your kitties. ♥♥♥

  6. Cute cat! Nice she got to stay in her own home, much less stressful than a kennel. The soup's not for me. Not a fan of tofu and even less of one of mushrooms.

  7. Such a cute kitty. The soup looks good aside from the tofu. :)

  8. It's great to be cat-sitting a cat that likes you.

    The soup sounds so good!

  9. A favorite of mine (the soup) since my late teens. Husband (the cook) still makes it a couple of times each winter. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  10. Kathe,

    Hot and Sour soup was never a favorite but it sorta grew on me because DH would get it when we ate at our favorite Chinese restaurant years ago. :)


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