Tofu and Spinach Soup
With temperatures rising and the summer heat sizzling, it might seem strange that I am posting a soup recipe. However, I have a few good reasons for loving soup as seen in my posts such as Hot n' Sour Noodle Soup, and another summer favorite Corn Chowder. Soup is like a warm hug, and we all need more hugs these days. It is also super nourishing, which is why our mamas gave it to us when we were sick. Also, in China, a meal just isn't a meal without soup. It's a strict requirement for any full meal as it is a sweet or savory way to help all of the food settle in your tum tum in the best way.
But what is very interesting, according to an article from BBC, besides giving us a hearty dose of healthy vitamins, the main reason soup makes us feel so good is because of its comforting effects. It takes us back to being cute little babes who could eat nothing but soupy slop from a spoon that was flying into our mouths while our moms and dads made funny little airplane noises. I mean, who doesn't feel better when taken back to those sweet memories of babyhood?
This quick, easy and delicious soup is good with or without airplane effects, but I suggest using them to feed yourself or your kids. I guarantee if you do this at the dinner table your kids will giggle with glee. After all, besides soup, laughter is the best medicine.
200g silken tofu
250g spinach, washed and trimmed, leaving mostly leaves and a bit of stem
6 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp low sodium soy sauce
1/8 tsp white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1. Remove tofu from package and weigh 200g. Set the 200g block on plate lined with a tea towel or paper towels to remove excess water. Let sit for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, cut into medium-small cubes and set aside.
2. In a medium pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and add spinach and soy sauce. Cook for 3 minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, add in tofu cubes and white pepper. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until tofu cubes are heated through. Make sure the water doesn’t start to boil again to help keep the tofu intact.
4. Remove from heat and add sesame sauce, giving the soup a gentle stir.
5. Gently spoon into 4 bowls, and enjoy!