87. Drown your sorrows in some Spicy Mushroom & Tofu Soup

What sorrows, you ask? Oh, just the ordinary ones associated with having your purse stolen. Yep. Walked right away from my table last night at Mississippi Pizza. There was a fair amount of karaokeing happening, and in the hullabaloo I guess my poor bedraggled green purse decided it was just about done with me and ended up going home with someone else.

So, yeah. That was kind of a crap capper on what had been a fairly good day, including this simple, spicy, Asian-inspired soup. A bowl of which I used to attempt to drown my sorrows when I got home late last night, sad and purseless.

Spicy Mushroom and Tofu Soup
Serves six or so

2 Tbsp peanut oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1/2 pound mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce (optional)
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 package extra-firm tofu, diced
1 Tbsp sesame oil

Heat the peanut oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add bell pepper and jalapeno; cook, stirring frequently, until barely tender, about 3 or 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring a lot, until they give up their liquid, about 4 or 5 minutes more.

Add broth; bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer. Stir in fish sauce and soy sauce. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.

Add tofu; stir well. Simmer until tofu is heated through and has absorbed flavors sufficiently, about 7 to 10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Stir in sesame oil and serve.

About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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4 Responses to 87. Drown your sorrows in some Spicy Mushroom & Tofu Soup

  1. Helena says:

    Oh no! I’m so sorry for your loss. 😦 (People stink.)

  2. Pretty cool site! Just got a great deal from this site on a laptop. Very easyily laid out site too.

  3. Herm says:

    I love the second comment on here.

  4. Molly says:

    Yeah, see, now I have to leave it up. Spamming bastards.

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