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Hot-Sour Soup

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Category: Soups

 Ingredients List

  • 3 Or
  • 4 Dried black mushrooms
  • 1/4 lb Lean pork
  • 2 Bean curd cubes
  • 1 Scallion
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tb Cornstarch
  • 1/4 c Water
  • 5 c Stock (see recipe)
  • 1 c Mushroom soaking liquid
  • 1 tb Sherry
  • 2 tb White vinegar
  • 3/4 -(up to)
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Soy sauce
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 3 dr Sesame oil; more or less


1. Soak dried mushrooms. Reserve soaking liquid.

2. Sliver mushrooms, pork and bean curd. Mince scallion. Beat egg
lightly. Blend cornstarch and cold water to a paste.

3. Bring stock and mushroom-soaking liquid to a boil. Add pork and
mushrooms and simmer, covered, 10 minutes.

4. Add bean curd and simmer, covered, 3 minutes more.

5. Stir in sherry, vinegar, salt, soy sauce and pepper. Thicken with
cornstarch paste.

6. Slowly add beaten egg, stirring gently once or twice. Remove from
heat. Sprinkle with sesame oil and minced scallion.

VARIATIONS: For the pork, use half white-meat chicken and half pork.

For the white vinegar, substitute wine or cider vinegar, or lemon juice.

For the sesame oil, substitute Tabasco Sauce.

In step 3, add with pork and mushrooms, 1/2 cup bamboo shoots, slivered;
or 4 cloud-ear mushrooms and 1/4 cup lily buds (both soaked and cut in

Omit vinegar and pepper. (It's then called "Mandarin Soup.")

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