Hot and Sour Soup

Total Time:
48 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
18 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 4 dried Chinese black mushrooms
  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup dried Chinese lily buds (flowers optional)
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces fresh firm tofu, cut into thin strips or small cubes
  • 2 baby bok choy thinly sliced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 pound lean pork, cut into thin strips or 1 (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup stock to form paste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste or cracked black pepper
  • 2 thinly slivered scallions (green and white parts)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Directions

Soak mushrooms and lily flowers in boiling hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve soaking liquid.

In a large pot, combine soaking liquid and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and season with salt. Simmer 5 minutes, add tofu, exotic mushrooms and bok choy. Slowly add egg to soup, stirring gently. Then add pork or chicken. Cover and cook about 5 minutes.

Stir a little of the hot stock into cornstarch paste and add this mixture to the soup. Cook another 2 minutes.

Stir in sesame oil, vinegar, and chili paste or black pepper. Sprinkle with scallions and cilantro, serve immediately


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