Homemade Hot and Sour Soup

 

Homemade Hot and Sour Soup

 

2 dry mushrooms (optional)

½ carrot

1 tomato

1” knob of ginger

2 mushrooms

2 green onion

8 oz tofu

1 teaspoon white pepper (or to taste)

3 tbsp Chinese (black) vinegar

1 tbsp cornstarch

6 cups plus 1 tbsp water, divided

2 eggs

3-4 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsp soy sauce

Salt to taste

 

If you’re using dried mushrooms, soak them for two hours before using them.

Cut the carrot into 1” matchsticks.  Soak tomato in boiling water for 2 minutes and then drain and peel the skin off.  Cut into small cubes.  Cut the ginger and mushrooms into matchsticks.  Thinly slice green onion and cube tofu.

In a small bowl, mix vinegar and Chinese vinegar.

Mix cornstarch with water in another small bowl.  Add a few drops more water if needed to create a smooth slurry.  Beat eggs in a third bowl.

Bring two cups of water to a simmer on the stovetop in a large saucepan.  Add dried mushrooms, fresh mushrooms and carrots. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove vegetables from the water.

Place a large saute pan or wok on the stovetop over high heat and add 3 tbsp vegetable oil.  When the oil is hot, add ginger and cook until fragrant, 2-3 minutes.  Add tomato and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

Pour 4 cups of water into the saute pan and bring to boil.  Add carrots and mushrooms. Cook for 5-6 minutes or to desired softness.  Gently stir in tofu and allow to heat through.

Add vinegar and white pepper* then stir in cornstarch slurry and allow to thicken for 1-2 minutes.  Add soy sauce and salt.

Turn heat to medium-high.  Pour in eggs, slowly streaming the mixture over the surface of the soup and stir it gently to cook eggs.

Sprinkle green onion over the bottom of a large serving bowl or divide over 6 single-serving bowls.  Add soup and serve immediately.

*The hot, spicy flavor of this soup comes from the white pepper so adjust the amount according to how spicy you want it.  You’ll be able to add more before serving if you wish.

6 servings, 170 calories per serving

 

Hack:  Pork or chicken can be used in place of tofu.

Hack:  Dehydrated vegetables can be used in this recipe.

Hack:  Soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized containers for up to 3 months.

Hack: Matchstick carrots can be found in the packaged section of the produce department.  Freeze any leftover carrots for use in cooking.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  Look (or ask the produce clerk) for loose items such as carrots and mushrooms so you will only have to buy what you need for a particular recipe.  You can also shop the salad bar if you just need a small amount of an item that you don’t think you’ll use again before it “goes over”.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube! 

Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup
(Courtesy Yuhong Sun)

 

Wontons:

½ lb pork

2 scallions, chopped

1 tsp fresh ginger, chopped

1 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp rice vinegar

½ teaspoon sesame oil

1 egg

40 wonton wrappers

6 cups water

Soup:

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 ½ cups water

1 tomato, chopped

 

Mix pork, scallions, ginger, cornstarch, vinegar, sesame oil and egg in a bowl.

Place 1 tsp mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper. Wet edges of wonton and fold to form a triangle shape. Seal edges. Press two corners of folded wonton together to form a hat and seal.

Bring six cups of water to a simmer in a large pot. Gently place 12 wontons into boiling water. Add 1/2 cold water and allow water to return to a simmer. Repeat simmer with another 1/2 cup cold water. When wontons float to the surface of the water (about 5 minutes), scoop from the pot and lay on a plate in a single layer.

In the meantime, mix broth and water in a pan. Add tomato and bring to simmer.

To serve, place one cup of soup in a bowl with 4 wontons.

3 servings, 475 calories per serving

Hack: Freeze remaining uncooked wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet. When solid, transfer to a freezer-safe container. Cook from a frozen state, allowing 2 extra minutes to cook. Any leftover wonton wrappers can be wrapped tightly and frozen as well.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!