Hot and Sour Soup

A while back we made a hot honey orange turkey and I saved the bones for stock. Sadly, hot honey orange turkey bones do not lend themselves to a lot of different soup options so we decided when we made the carcass into stock we’d more than likely have a whole lot of hot and sour soup starter. This weekend I souped me some spicy orange turkey bones and then made the stock into Hot and Sour Soup.

Why this recipe? I have no idea other than it looked relatively easy without being moronic. Or maybe my Hot and Sour Soup guardian angel nudged me in the right direction. Whyever, this recipe makes the tastiest hot and sour soup.

Hot and Sour Soup

by Rhonda Parkinson

Hot and sour soup is reputed to be good for colds. To increase the health benefits, feel free to add 2 or 3 teaspoons of finely chopped ginger.

For a vegetarian version of Hot and Sour Soup, leave out the pork.

Serves 4

1 cake tofu (fresh, if possible)
2 ounces pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
1/2 cup bamboo shoots
2 tablespoons black fungus (Wood Ear) or Cloud Ear fungus
(or 3 – 4 Chinese dried black mushrooms or fresh mushrooms)
1 small handful dried lily buds
6 cups water (or 6 cups water and 1 cup Campbell’s chicken broth)*
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red rice vinegar, white rice vinegar, or red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1 green onion, finely chopped
White pepper to taste (no more than 1 tablespoon)
Hot chili oil, to taste, optional


Hot and Sour Soup Directions:
Shred pork. Mix marinade ingredients and marinate pork for 20 minutes.

Cut tofu into small squares. Cut bamboo shoots into thin strips and then into fine slices. To reconstitute the fungus, soak in warm water for 20 minutes. Rinse, and cut into thin pieces. (If substituting Chinese dried mushrooms, soak to soften, then cut off the stems and cut into thin strips. If using fresh mushrooms, wipe clean with a damp cloth and slice.)

To reconstitute the dried lily buds, soak in hot water for 20 minutes or until softened. Cut off the hard ends.

Bring the water to a boil. When it is boiling, add the bamboo shoots, fungus or mushrooms, and the lily buds. Stir. Add the tofu. Bring back to a boil and add the marinated pork.
Stir in the salt, sugar, soy sauce and vinegar and sesame oil.
Test the broth and adjust the taste if desired. (If using chicken broth, you may want to add a bit more rice vinegar).

Mix the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the soup, stirring while it is being added. Let the broth come back to a boil. As soon as it is boiling, remove the broth from the stove.

Slowly drop in the beaten egg, stirring in one direction at the same time. Add the green onion and the white pepper to taste. Drizzle with chili oil if desired. Serve hot.

(Hot and Sour Soup can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. When making the soup, leave out the tofu. When ready to serve, thaw, add the tofu and bring to boiling. When the soup is boiling, add the egg.)

*Adjust the ratio of water to chicken stock as desired.

As usual, I left out the fungus. TheMan does not like him the fungus.

I also left out the dried lily buds. They looked a little too weird to me and I wasn’t sure where to get them that I could read the packaging to know that I got the right thing.

I used my hot and sour stock in place of the water and or chicken broth.

I used corn starch for my thickener; I think I needed to adjust it to reflect that I was making well more than 6 cups of soup.

I used white rice vinegar since I have some from making sushi. That seemed logical.

I need practice Slowly drop[ping] in the beaten egg, stirring in one direction at the same time.. Apparently a whisk isn’t the right utensil for this procedure and also I need to stir slower. I got a sort of diffuse egg mist rather than ribbons of egg. DQ suggested a single chopstick, I shall give that a try next time.

Other than my thickness and egg emulsifying problem, this soup turned out incredibly tasty! I don’t have to ever order Hot and Sour soup from the restaurant again because this recipe? Is that soup! And I have a ton of stock just waiting to be more soup so huzzah!

2009: Maybe I’ll take a “poison ivy” break before the next meeting with this person and see how THEY like being miserabled.

2008: I Am A Banana!

2007: Monkey! And what was even better than Monkey! was that he was a cappuccino monkey. *squee*!

2006: The Smithee Puppets are further along than I had planned for them to be. Huzzah!

2005: The whole day sucked. Even my nap after work sucked because I was dreaming that I was trying to get to sleep. When TheMan called for a pick up at 9, I woke up from my dream of trying to dream and let me tell you, that just sucks for restfulness.

2004: I live in a bucket!

2003: The monkey has poured coffee in my shoes.

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