Vegetarian (or not) Hot & Sour Soup


Vegetarian Hot & Sour Soup


10 cups of (veggie or chicken or meat) stock (I soaked shiitakes for 30 minutes in boiling water & drained them.  I kept the mushrooms for later use.)

Bouillon cubes (enough for 4-6 cups of broth) - of whatever flavor you prefer (I used veggie)

Mushrooms - fresh or canned (I used fresh wood ear, enoki & oyster) - sliced thinly

Bamboo shoots - 1 large can - slivered - or several boiled stalks chopped

2 carrots - julienned

2 TBS jarred crushed ginger

1/4 tsp chili oil (more if you like spice)

2 eggs - whisked

1/3 block firm tofu - cubed (optional)

1 tsp oil

4 TBS rice vinegar

1 TBS balsamic vinegar

3 TBS soy sauce

1/2 tsp black bean garlic sauce (or chili bean sauce - instead)

1/2 tsp ground white pepper


Salt to taste

Scallions - sliced - for garnish (optional)

fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

sesame oil (a few drops ) as garnish (optional)

MEAT EATERS - thinly sliced cooked chicken and/or pork are options to add to this soup


Once all the produces is very thinly sliced, heat the oil in a soup pan.  Toss in mushrooms, bamboo shoots, carrots, tofu (if using) or meat (if using) & ginger.  Saute 2 minutes.  Add stock and bouillon cubes & bring to a boil.  Add vinegar, balsamic, soy sauce, black bean garlic sauce (or chili bean sauce) & white pepper.  

Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1/4 cup water & whisk smooth.  Add this to your soup in increments to thicken it & give it that glutenous texture it has at restaurants.  Make it as thin or thick as you prefer.  If the 1/2 cup isn't enough for you - mix up some more cornstarch & water in equal parts & add it until the soup is at your desired thickness.  Add salt to taste.

When you are ready to serve the soup, heat it & then very carefully pour the whisked egg through a slotted spoon & drizzle raw egg over the entire surface of the soup.  Once all the egg is in - carefully swirl it to get a feathery effect n the surface.  Add 1/2 tsp sesame oil to the pot (if using).  Garnish each bowl with fresh cilantro & scallions (if using).  Serve!