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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hot and Sour Veg Soup

A new chinese restaurant opened next to our home here in Muscat. The first time we went there, my hubby suggested 'hot and sour veg soup'. I was a little skeptical since the hot and sour soup i'd tried at a restaurant in india wasn't really to my taste. To my pleasant surprise, this one here was really yummy! The second time we went to the restaurant, I asked to meet the chef, met him and got the recipe. Therefore this soup is courtesy Chef Santa of Nepal from the Wok of Life restaurant.

Veg stock - 1/2 litre
Carrots - 1/2 finely chopped
Cabbage - 2 leaves finely chopped
Black mushrooms - 3-4 (sliced thin) I din't find black mushrooms so just made do with button mushrooms!
Bamboo shoots - 2-3 tinned pieces (sliced)
Bean sprouts - about 5 gms
For seasoning
A dash of freshly ground pepper
Some Chilli sauce/paste
Dark soy sauce
A dash of tomato sauce
Boil the stock. Cook The mushrooms. Shred all the veggies , except sprouts, very finely and add. Dont overcook, the flavours should just mix in. Add the seasoning and top with bean sprouts. Simmer another minute. Serve piping hot!!!

The delightful 'Blogging friends forever' award has come back to me. My dear blogger friends Purva of purvasdaawat and EC of simpleindianfood have passed me thsi treat. Thank you, gals!
I pass this on to:

Vidya of iyercooks, Sagari of indianhomefood, Pooja of creativepooja, Nidhi of sizzlingbites, and Shreya of ammascooking .


Sunshinemom said...

Nice one!! I love 'Chini' dishes:) Don't you think it would look nice on FIC -red?

Purva Desai said...

Soup looks hot and really yummm.......and pics are really tempting me to have it right away

Nidhi said...

This soup is indeed very different from what we get here. I like to stay away from the soups in restaurants.
Your's looks great!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Soup looks gr8 and tempting. Happy Independence Day to u.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks delicious and temting..luved the colour...

Usha said...

Looks delicious and tempting :)

Dershana said...

hey sunshinemom, will send it over to FIC, thank you.

Dershana said...

thank u for the encouragement purva, nidhi,lubna, suma, and usha :-)

Nidhi said...

Congrats for your award.

Thanks for passing it to me!

Madhavi said...


Thank you so much for droppin' by, and ur lovely comment :))

Soup look delicious, very nice entry!!! Keep in touch!!

Vidhya said...

Hey Dershana, thanks for the award buddy. I appreciate it.

Shreya said...

Thank you so much dear!This means a lot to me:-)

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