Ugly Soup


I get on these food kicks (don’t call it a rut!), and lately I’ve been making lots of soup. For some reason, when the weather got to 90 and stayed there, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

My most-made soup the last several weeks is one I call Ugly Soup. It’s kind of like a Vietnamese-style hot and sour soup, spicy with chiles and sour with lime juice.

It’s delicious, and pretty good for you. But it’s ugly. Really ugly.

It’s got a whole head of shredded cabbage boiled in it, and that stuff just ain’t pretty. But boy, is it tasty! I put a little fresh cilantro on top to dress is up a little, but it’s clearly drab. The cabbage is light – almost grey, and tofu looks like, well, tofu – beige and square.

Tomatoes and pineapple make it more tart and fresh-tasting, and the color from the tomatoes helps a bit, too.

I could probably make this stuff a couple times a month and still not get sick of it. Even in the heat, it’s light and fresh and feels nourishing to eat. The hot, sour and slightly sweet broth is irresistible, and I love the slight crunch of the cabbage.

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