Shitake Hot & Sour for National Soup Day

Shitake Crocke

Back to normal one crock mode. So, apparently it was national soup day the other day. Was snow bound, but was able to trek down to store for supplies.

Had almost all of the sundries except for a few (who the hell has firm tofu on hand?). Anywho, this seemed like a good one to do – loves me some asian fare. (more ranting below)

The ingredients:

3oz/24 dried shiitake or black Chinese mushrooms
2 carrots, cut in slices
1 can bamboo shoots, rinsed
2 14-ounce pkg firm tofu
1 tsp pepper
4 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
4 1/4 water
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (you’ll need a lot more, trust me)
1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce or spicy chili crisp
1 tblsp minced ginger
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3 cups cooked lo mein noodles  (did bean thread noodles)
1 cup sliced green onions

Make it:

  • Cut up dried mushrooms in 1/4 slices if you can – might break apart. Add to slow cooker.
  • Add carrots and bamboo shoots. Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes, add to slow cooker and sprinkle w/ pepper. Top with cabbage.
  • Combine 4 cups water, broth, both vinegars, soy sauce, chile-garlic sauce and ginger in a lg bowl/pan; add to the slow cooker.
  • Cover & set on LOW for 8 hours (4-6 if in hurry)
  • Whisk the remaining 1/3 cup water, cornstarch and sesame oil in a bowl. Stir into the soup. Cover and cook on High for 20 minutes.
  • Cook noodles separately (keep it that way). Add noodles to bowl & put broth/soup mixture over noodles & serve!
Shitake Bowle (too much?)

This was subtle – meaning, I get why the asian dishes are good – TONS OF SALT. Tried reigning it in, but just isn’t the same. Would suggest adding more hot chili sauce to make up for it.

Not to say this wasn’t delicious – this completely was, but realized when you get soup (or other delicious dishes) @ restaurant that they add assloads (technical term) of salt to your food.

Won’t end this as a downer or failure – let us crock on bitches! Oh, wait – Jay-Z retired bitch…

Let us crock on respectable women peoples. Doesn’t roll off the tongue as well.


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