Mandarin Hot and Sour Soup
8 cups soup stock
1/4 pound lean pork
1/2 square bean curd, optional
1/4 cup shredded bamboo shoots
3 dried black mushrooms
2 tablespoons sliced can button mushrooms
4 dried wood ears, optional*
2 green onions, chopped
1 slice cooked ham, shredded
4 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon chili oil, optional
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 eggs lightly beaten
3 tablespoons cornstarch in 3 tablespoons water
* Mushrooms found in your local Asian Shop.
Bring soup stock to a boil, add shredded pork, black mushrooms and wood ears.
Cook 2 to 3 minutes.
Add remainder of ingredients and seasonings, except
cornstarch, eggs, and green onion; reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
Thicken with cornstarch and turn off heat.
Slowly pour in beaten eggs in a thin stream while stirring.
Garnish with green onion.
If soup is to be prepared ahead of time, do not add
cornstarch and eggs until serving time. Otherwise the egg will be overcooked and
spoil the appearance.
Soup should be quite hot and sour. Adjust the hotness with
varying amount of white pepper and the sourness with different amounts of