Recipe courtesy of Tom Douglas

Hot and Sour Soup with Crab

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  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 ounce dried shiitake mushrooms

6 cups chicken stock

3 tablespoons peeled and finely julienned ginger

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 teaspoons Chinese chili paste with garlic

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 cup canned slivered bamboo shoots, drained

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons sugar

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cold water

1 large egg, beaten

4 ounces fresh cooked crabmeat

1/4 cup green onions or scallions, white and green parts, cut on the bias into thin strips or julienned


  1. Place the dried shiitake mushrooms in a small heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to soak for 30 minutes. Drain, rinse, and cut into thin slices. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock. Add the ginger, garlic, chile paste, vinegar, soy sauce, reconstituted shiitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add the lime juice and sugar and season to taste with salt.
  3. Make a cornstarch slurry by mixing together the cornstarch and water. Add the slurry to the soup and simmer for a few minutes until the soup thickens. Bring the soup to a boil and slowly pour in the beaten egg, stirring gently a few times with a spoon or with chopsticks. Don't whisk or stir too vigorously--you want nice long shreds of egg. The egg will cook almost instantly. Remove the soup from the heat.
  4. On the plate: Ladle the soup into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with an ounce of crabmeat and garnish with the green onions.