This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. My family isn’t Chinese but many years ago we started the tradition of eating Chinese food on New Year’s Eve. The hot and sour soup recipe I’m sharing with you today would be a great way to celebrate Chinese New Year or a New Year dinner on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. But it’s so quick and easy it also makes a good dinner on a cold weeknight.
Easy Hot and Sour Soup Recipe with Dumplings
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon garlic and chili sauce
- 4 mushrooms, sliced
- 8 Ling Ling Chicken Potstickers
- 1/2 can water chestnuts
- 1/2 can bamboo shoots
- 1/2 can baby corn,
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 egg, beaten
- chopped green onion and wonton strips for garnish
- Bring chicken broth to a simmer, add soy sauce, chile paste, and mushrooms. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add potstickers, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, baby corn, carrots, and vinegar. Simmer another 10 minutes.
- Mix cornstarch with about 1/4 cup water and add to soup while stirring.
- Bring back to a simmer and pour the beaten egg in a very thin stream over the surface.
- Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil.
- Serve with a garnish of chopped green onions and/or wonton strips.
I used these chicken and vegetable potstickers for this recipe. To complete the meal I followed the instructions and heated the Ling Ling Fried Rice and Steamed Dumplings with Chili Sauce in the microwave. I’ve shared this before but my husband thinks this rice tastes better than the rice at our local Chinese restaurant! It’s amazing that it’s so easy. The Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice is our favorite but it also comes in four other recipes.
Chinese New Year Traditions
Since I wasn’t very familiar with Chinese New Year I decided to do a little research. I found out that dumplings are one of the traditional foods eaten on Chinese New Year. Made me happy, ’cause these are delicious!
Here are a few more facts and traditions:
- Chinese New Year is celebrated by 25% of the world’s population
- Homes are decorated with red, especially red lanterns.
- Red envelopes holding money are given as gifts.
- Don’t say bad words on New Year’s Day or they will follow you all year.
- Don’t wash your hair on New Year’s Day or you’ll wash your luck away. Same with sweeping your house.
- Oranges and tangerines are given to represent friendship.
- Fireworks are set off at midnight.
- Unlike our New Year’s DAY, Chinese New Year celebrations last about 23 DAYS!
If you enjoyed this hot and sour soup recipe, you might also like these:
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- Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe
Hope you enjoy the recipe and I’d love to hear from you if you celebrate Chinese New Year. Let me know your favorite foods to celebrate.
‘Til the next meal,