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Spicy sweet and sour soup

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 1
Dietary Vegetarian
From Ready Steady Cook


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes.

  2. Add the ginger, chilli and Romero pepper and fry for a further 2-3 minutes.

  3. Add the spices and stir well, then add the pak choi, stock, vinegar, honey and soy sauce. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, until the liquid is slightly reduced and the pak choi is tender.

  4. Stir in the cashew nuts, then spoon into a serving bowl and serve.


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 red chilli, chopped
  • ¼ Romero pepper, chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 pak choi, sliced
  • 400ml/14fl oz chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 55g/2oz unsalted cashew nuts

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