The Best Blizzard Buddy: Hot & Sour Soup  

hot and sour soup

There was a rush of panic and frenzied shopping trips to stock up on kale, toilet paper, and other necessities at the whisper of a blizzard in NYC. Welcome back to winter, everyone. If you’re about to be snowed in and you’re flipping shit because the store ran out of milk, have no fear. Grab the ingredients for hot & sour soup, because who runs out of tofu?! Uh, don’t answer that, Brooklyn. Grab some other shit too, so your mom doesn’t send you a 15 text interrogation making sure you have more than stale Tostitos and shitty beer.

Instead of cruising for a blizzard buddy like the majority of New York, I was figuring out a way keep warm via food, because food is forever, and blizzard buddies are not. Especially with this “blizzard,” my blizzard buddyship would have ended after like six hours when we realized we could get the fuck out and have a snowball fight. Luckily, this soup is great company every season, although you might want to grab a blizzard if you make this over the summer.

Disclaimer: this recipe serves 6, so if you’re not snowed in with 5 people, and you don’t want a lot of leftovers, cut the recipe in half.

Hot & Sour Soup

4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup cooked chicken, shredded OR
1/4 cup cooked pork, shredded
1/2 cup mushroom, thinly sliced
1/2 tablespoon red chili paste
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup bamboo shoot, julienned
3 ounces firm tofu, cubed
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
2 green onions, sliced

Bring chicken broth to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add the soy sauce, chili paste, shredded meat and mushrooms. Let it simmer for 5 minutes. Text your mom and tell her you went to the store and bought food and supplies.

Add white pepper, vinegar, bamboo shoots and Tofu. Simmer for 5 more minutes. Figure out your Netflix lineup for the next 12-24 hours.

Mix the cornstarch and water together. Add to the soup, and stir continuously until thickened. Don’t stop simmering. Eat the last of your stale Tostitos for 5 minutes, or Google how to thread an egg for the next step. The choice is yours.

Beat the egg in a small bowl and gradually stir into soup mixture while using a fork to thread the egg. I hope you googled it.

After about 30 seconds, add green onion and sesame oil, stir well and remove from heat. Serve hot. Instagram it with 7 different blizzard related tags.

Post by Lian Weinstein. Recipe modified from