For a truly delicious soup, this hot and sour soup recipe makes a soup that’s perfect for any Asian meal, or even to enjoy on a cold winter evening.
If you are looking for a great dish to carry for lunch, then grab a hot cup of this soup, toss in an egg roll, and you are ready to enjoy a mini-feast that is fit for royalty! Toss in a few fried won ton crackers, and you’ll be wanting to enjoy this dish for lunch every day of the week.
If you are hosting a party, or attending a family reunion or other event where you must bring a dish then this soup is one that can be setup in a buffet style setting for up to one hour. It can be set on a typical hot plate to keep it warm and delicious, if it’s maintained at the right temperature (150 to 160 degrees F) then it is safe to consume for up to 3 hours.
Anything after three hours will produce a bland flavor as the ingredients will have overcooked.
The soup may still be safe to eat, but it will not taste as delicious as when first prepared. It’s always best to not set out the soup until it’s time to actually server the guests.
Terrific Party Tip!
You can host a great Asian themed dinner party, serving this soup, with nothing more than egg rolls and sushi.
Simply setup a few “Mock” oriental style tables by placing a piece of plywood atop of some cinder blocks. Cover these with an attractive cloth. Toss some comfortable pillows around the table, so that your guests can enjoy their meal while residing on the floor.
Serve the soup from a huge serving bowl that has been placed in the middle of the table. Place one egg roll beside each guests plate, and a small bowl of fried won ton strips. A rectangular serving platter should be placed between two guests, so that they can share a platter of sushi together.
Small condiment serving bowls can be used to serve wasabi and various sushi sauces.
Hot tea should be served as well, it’s best to choose a fabulously flavored Long Jing (Dragon Well Tea). This tea is somewhat sweet and is something that goes well with sushi and soup. Once it’s brewed, the leaves can also be consumed, to add a nice touch of novelty to your dinner affair.
Once you have the table arranged, you should instruct your guests to remove their shoes before they enter your home, not as a requirement but so that you are following a custom that is followed in many Asian countries.
By placing a nice rug near your door, you can provide a nice area for the guests shoes to remain as you all partake of the meal.
Dimming the lights a bit, and playing oriental music in the background, will complete the dinner arrangements where you and your guests can truly enjoy a magnificent feast, in a very soothing and comfortable atmosphere!