June  9, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by TCI-NoVA
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Making soup in the East Coast is almost a thing the moment cold breeze set in last winter 2015. It was the worst one I can remember specially up in Boston since we landed in NoVA (Northern Virginia--Inn-NoVA) in the 80s. This soup was a dare to make, thinking how the tofu will stand up to Asian sour flavor, not like the Chinese Hot & Sour soup but from tamarind. Oops, well I forgot that tofu blends well with any flavor thrown into the pot with it. —thechewinn-nova.com

What You'll Need
  • 1-1/2 cups dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1 pint hot water, to soak the mushrooms in
  • 1/2 cup roots of cilantro, shake off dirt, washed & cut into small pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pkgs sliced baby bella
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 pints water
  • 2 pkgs Nasoya organic firm tofu or sq tofu from, cubed (big Chinese or Korean stores)
  • 4 red Thai chilis or dried chilis (here*), cut diagonally
  • 1 bundle of scallions, cut in 1” length
  • 1/2 cup chopped pickled tamarind leaves, (@ big Chinese stores or here*)
  • 2 Tbsps tamarind concentrate, (@ Indian/Chinese/big Korean stores or here*)
  • 2 tsps Kosher salt
  • 2 tsps grd black pepper
  • 2 pkgs enoki mushrooms
  • 2 juice and zests of lime
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  1. Soak shitake mushrooms in hot water for at least 30 minutes in advance.
  2. Pound the cilantro roots, minced garlic and salt together into a paste in a mortar and pestle, set aside.
  3. Sauté baby bella in a skillet on medium low heat for about 10 minutes or until it’s tender to the touch. Set aside.
  4. Add cilantro roots paste, sauté for 1 minute. Remove from skillet and drain in a paper towel.
  5. In a big pot, pour the shitake mushrooms with soaking water plus 2 pints of water. Let it boil for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the rest of the ingredients except the juice of limes and cilantro leaves. Allow to boil for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve hot sprinkle with cilantro leaves and juice of half a lime for every bowl.
  8. Serves 4. ---*Here, online superstore.
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