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Live Hot and Sour Soup

You can heat this soup until it is warm and it will still be considered "live," according to vegan chefs Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray.



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½ cup mung bean sprouts
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3 Tbs. nama shoyu or soy sauce
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5 dried apricots
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1 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
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¼ cup thinly sliced green onion
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2 Tbs. organic raw apple cider vinegar
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1 Tbs. peeled and minced fresh ginger
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½ cup diced cucumber or zucchini
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1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced (2 Tbs.)
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2 Tbs. lime juice
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2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
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1 Tbs. raw agave nectar
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¼ tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste


1. Stir together sprouts and nama shoyu, and let marinate while you prepare soup.

2. Soak apricots in bowl of boiling water 5 minutes. Drain.

3. Place apricots, tomatoes, green onion, vinegar, ginger, and 3 cups water in blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl, and stir in cucumber, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, agave nectar, cayenne pepper, and sprout mixture.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
1 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
14 g
0 mg
682 mg
2 g
10 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Apricots ???!? I thought. But this is typical of the Good Ideas I've been running across for the first time since I started reading the veggie press a few months ago. So yeah, I think your magazine is super in general, and this recipe is fine in the specific. Cheers, -dlj.

i was very skeptical when i saw it in the magazine but then decided to give it a shot. raw soup...hmmmmm. i now make it on a bi weekly basis. it is awesome with super good flavors, really easy to make and very versatile. you can chill it for a really good summer weather soup or heat it up a bit for a chilly day. i don't use fresh tomatoes and instead use a can of fire roasted tomatoes, which i think works out really well.

I absolutely LOVE this recipe!

I just made this recipe, and I have to say it was pretty easy, and..... well, delicous. I will definately want to make it again! You have to try this!!!!!!!!!1

Looks great, but I wouldn't consider this a "live" recipe because the apricots are soaked in the boiling water. Once you soak them in the boiling water, you've damaged the nutritional value. I'm going to soak the apricots overnight in the refrigerator.

Quite bland, watered down

I love this soup! It was fairly simple to prepare but the flavors were very complex. I used 2 c water instead of 3, and no one would have thought mine bland! I tried adding some tofu, and to be honest it really didn't need it. I think this is an outstanding vegetarian recipe, even if it isn't quite up to everyone's definition of raw/live. Try it!

Looks Tasty, but Pittas beware ! Several of the ingredients are NOT recommended if you tend to be firy, have a tendency to have heartburn, excess heat. tomatoes, onion, vinegar, jalapeno, cayenne. Great recipe for Kaphas & maybe Vatas if not too spicy.

Awsome soup one of the best soups I have ever had!!!

While preparing this I thought it was not going to be was fantastic. Loved it.