New Recipe-Hot and Sour Soup
HOT AND SOUR SOUP
By Tom Ciufo
1 tablespoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
½ pound pork tenderloin
6 cups of chicken stock
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon grated or minced ginger
½ pound of shitake mushroom, stems removed and caps sliced
½ pound of extra firm tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes
2 celery stalks, roughly cut
¼ cup of rice vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped cilantro for garnish
½ cup chopped scallions for garnish
- Whisk together 1 teaspoon sesame oil with 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon cornstarch in a medium bowl. Cut the pork crosswise into thin pieces, then cut each slice into sticks no more than ½ inch wide. Add meat to the bowl; toss to coat in the soy mixture and let it sit.
- Meanwhile, put the stock, garlic and ginger in a large pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the mushrooms, reduce the heat to low so that the liquid bubbles steadily and then cook the mushrooms until they are softened and the broth has darkened a bit, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Bring the soup back to a boil over medium heat and add the meat. Stir to make sure the pieces don’t stick together and cook the meat is no longer pink, 1 to 3 minutes. Then add the tofu, celery, vinegar, a generous sprinkle of black pepper, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. Lower the heat so the soup bubbles gently and cook until the flavors meld a bit, just a minute or two.
- Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with ¼ cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the soup and cook, stirring, until it just begins to thicken, about 1 minute. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining two teaspoons of sesame oil; taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, soy sauce, or vinegar. Garnish with cilantro and scallion and serve.
Additions: 2 eggs, waterchesnuts, shredded carots
After you add the cornstarch in step 4, beat 2 eggs and pour them into the soup slowly, whisking all the while until they form nearly translucent ribbons.