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Hot and sour tofu soup

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Try this hot and sour tofu soup for an easy meat-free dinner option. With a kick of chilli and lime, it will leave your mouth watering!

  • Serves4
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Bowl of hot and sour tofu and noodle soup sprinkled with sliced red chilli and fresh coriander


  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 8 small red chillies with stems
  • 2 tbs Gourmet Garden Lemongrass Paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tbs vegetable stock powder
  • 3cm piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 8 lime leaves
  • 2 star anise
  • 375g thick rice stick noodles
  • 300g firm tofu, cut into 1.5cm cubes
  • 1 tbs tamarind puree
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lime juice
  • Coriander sprigs, to serve
  • Long red chilli, thinly sliced, to serve

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  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chillies, lemon grass paste and garlic and cook for 2 mins or until chillies start to blister. Add stock powder, 8 cups (2L) water, ginger, lime leaves and star anise. Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15 mins.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, place noodles in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 15 mins or until just tender. Drain.
  3. Step 3

    Add tofu, tamarind and lime juice to the soup and cook for 1 min or until heated through.
  4. Step 4

    Divide noodles among serving bowls. Fill with soup and top with coriander and sliced chilli to serve.