I recently went to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant and asked them what they would recommend for me. It turns out it was Hot and Sour Soup. Thinking they were nuts, I ordered it anyway, and it's nothing like Chinese Hot and Sour Soup. I guess I liked it even more than the Chinese style Soup. I made my version with some Rice Vermicelli in it as it was a dinner and it was delicious!
One evening, I was really wanting a nice hearty soup in a flash, so I made Vegetable Minestrone Soup which really doesn't take long to make - and chances are, you got most of the ingredients in your fridge/pantry! Ingredients (makes 4 servings): 2 sticks of carrots 1/2 large onion 2 roma tomatoes 2 cloves garlic 2 baby zucchini 4 cups low sodium chicken broth 1/3 cup instant polenta (fine) 2 tbsp warm temperature butter handful cilantro salt and pepper to taste First, start with chopping up all your vegetables. Saute the onions and carrots first, and season with some salt and pepper. Then, add in the tomatoes and zucchini, and garlic and let it come together for a few minutes. I like to add a small handful of cilantro at this stage too. You can use any fresh herbs you want, such as thyme, oregano, etc.
I love Japanese food, and I've always wanted to make my own Miso Soup, so I finally got a package of White Miso Paste from my market, and found some bonito flakes and wakame from the Asian grocery store. They are tricky to find (well, for me at least!) but, I think it's necessary for a miso soup. This simple homemade soup smells and tastes like miso soup when you go out to have a bowl! Ingredients (makes 2 big bowls or 4 little bowls): 3 cup of water 3 tbsp bonito flakes 1 heaping tbsp white miso paste 1 tbps wakame tofu cubes To begin any soup - start with boiling some water.