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vegetarian hot and sour soup (素酸辣汤)


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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total: 25 minutes

Servings: 4


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Step 1

To rehydrate wood ear mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and lily flowers, gently rinse each with tap water, drain and add to a bowl, then add hot water to cover at least 1-inch deep. Rehydrate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until the ingredients have turned tender.

Step 2

For wood ear mushrooms, remove tough ends if needed, and slice into stripes.

Step 3

For shiitake mushrooms, reserve marinating water, gently squeeze water from the mushrooms, remove stems and thinly slice.

Step 4

For lily flowers, reserve marinating water. Remove the tough ends of the lily flowers and slice to 5mm (2-inch) pieces if needed (*Footnote 5).

Step 5

Add Chinkiang vinegar and white pepper into a small bowl, mix well until the white pepper is completely dissolved.

Step 6

Prepare a medium-size pot, add 1 cup marinating water from the shiitake mushrooms, 1 cup marinating water from the lily flowers, and 4 cups vegetable stock into a pot. Cook over medium-high heat. Add rehydrated wood ear mushrooms, rehydrated lily flowers, rehydrated shiitake mushrooms, tofu, bamboo shoots, ginger, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and salt to the pot. When the soup starts to simmer, add Napa cabbage and turn to medium-low heat. Cook until the Napa cabbage turns tender, 5 to 8 minutes.

Step 7

Whisk the cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Slowly swirl the cornstarch slurry into the soup, and stir to thicken.

Step 8

Slowly swirl in the beaten egg with a fork against the edge of the bowl, and gently stir a few times to break up the eggs.

Step 9

Remove the pot from stove. Add the vinegar and pepper mixture and stir to mix well. (*Footnote Carefully taste the soup. Add more salt if necessary. Garnish with cilantro and drizzle with sesame oil. Stir to mix well.

Step 10

Serve hot as a side or as a light main.