How to make it

  • Notes 1, 2 & 3:
  • Note 1.This soup is very spicy. For a less spicy soup, omit the chili oil altogether or add only 1 teaspoon.
  • Note 2.To make slicing the pork chop easier, freeze it for 15 minutes. Recipe call said they liked the distinctive flavor of Chinese black vinegar. If you can't find it, they said a combination of red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar approximates its flavor. The substitution for the Chinese vinegar worked well. I got the Chinese black vinegar and didn't care for the flavor. Restaurant owner said he uses white vinegar! I have tried white and it works also.
  • Note 3. I doubled the amount and mushrooms (found baby portables were juts fine. I added the starch at the very end too thicken the soup. For vegetarians, remove the pork, not sure what to do about the chicken broth, and would add at least another box of tofu. Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer or 2 people eating two bowls each for dinner and 1 cup each left over for lunch the next day.
  • Cooking Directions:
  • Place tofu in pie plate and set heavy plate on top. Weight with 2 heavy cans; let stand at least 15 minutes (tofu should release about 1/2 cup liquid). The tofu in the pic was just Firm and it crumbled when the box was opened and pressed. I liked the tofu in the final product with the broken up pieces. I poured the water off the plate and cut through any large pieces to get them to the 1/2 inch called out. I then poured the whole plate in, crumbled and all. For those who don’t know, Tofu in the box has no smell or taste. The Tofu in the refrigerated section in the vegetable department in packages with water smells and tastes like cardboard, I can't eat it. Use the box, Mori-nu, it is good stuff. The box Tofu is what I put in my health shake I posted.
  • Whisk 3 tablespoon soy sauce, sesame oil, and 2 teaspoon cornstarch in medium bowl; toss pork with marinade and set aside for at least 10 minutes (but no more than 30 minutes). The meat absorbs most of the marinade.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water in small bowl and mix thoroughly; set aside, leaving spoon in bowl. Mix 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch with remaining 1 teaspoon water in small bowl; add egg and beat with fork until combined, set aside. Mix 2 tablespoons corn starch with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Bring broth to boil in large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; add bamboo shoots and mushrooms and simmer until mushrooms are just tender, about 5 minutes. Add tofu and pork, including marinade, to soup, stirring to separate any pieces of pork that stick together. Continue to simmer until pork is no longer pink, about 2 minutes.
  • Stir 3 tablespoon cornstarch mixture to recombine. Add to soup and increase heat to medium-high; cook, stirring occasionally, until soup thickens and turns translucent, about 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, chili oil, pepper, and remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce; turn off heat.
  • Without stirring soup, slowly drizzle thin stream of egg mixture into pot in circular motion. Let soup sit 1 minute, then return saucepan to medium-high heat. Bring soup to gentle boil, add last bowl of corn starch, stir one minute, and then immediately remove from heat. Gently stir soup once to evenly distribute egg; ladle into bowls and top with scallions.
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  • thegoldminer 11 years ago
    All sounds good. I hope you use Better than Beef Bullion, the real stuff. Now at Costco.
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  • ghstudio 11 years ago
    Try this soup using beef broth instead of chicken broth. Yes, less authentic but more interesting as a soup. Also black vinegar is very variable, try this using chinese red vinegar.
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    sitbynellie ate it and said...
    Fantastic! Recipe and pictures alike. You're a genius.

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    foodinnewengland ate it and said...
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    brianna ate it and said...
    This sounds fantastic. When I lived in Calgary there was a little cafe that made the best Hot & Sour Soup & I've never found any other restaurant that could compare so I can't wait to try out your recipe. It would be great if I can make it at home to enjoy. I have tried a few recipes but haven't been too impressed. Your pics will make it so easy. Thanks & 5 forks
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  • lunatic 13 years ago
    This looks great. I'm looking for a meat free version with lily buds and authentic mushrooms. Do you think your recipe would work well without the pork?
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    jrt_mom ate it and said...
    This is my favorite chinese soup! I've always wondered how these chefs make it. Great illustration. Thanks for sharing!
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  • alliberries 13 years ago
    Love this. Especially when I have a cold!! I love it extra spicy. Clears my head right out!
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    mamalou ate it and said...
    Love this stuff!
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  • sday5 13 years ago
    This is my favorite soup. Thanks for pics and instructions.
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    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    wow this has got to be good thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    dmajor ate it and said...
    This is my son's favorite soup. I will have to make it for him, better yet, let him make it so he can learn! Thanks for the pictures. Makes it so much easier!
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    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Awesome pictures! I love this soup.Fantastic post,JJ!
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    great recipe... and wonderful step-by-step photos...this is a soup that i like to have often...thank you.. a 5 in my book
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    " It was excellent "
    clbacon ate it and said...
    Fabulous! I love this soup!
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    " It was excellent "
    rml ate it and said...
    Same as mini...I crave this soup. We have a wonderful restaurant that I call every few weeks and order a few quarts. Now I can make it myself. Thanks for another great post. Love the pictures.
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    now youre talking this is my favorite soup i actually crave this and have to go get it often.
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    I love hot and Sour soup and the extra step by step photos you post.
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    One of my favorites-nice pics too as always,JJ-You got my 5.Thanks for the post Joymarie
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