Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup is the PERFECT combo of spicy and savory, made with pork, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tofu, and eggs in a savory seasoned broth with soy sauce and vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce  woodear mushrooms
  • 1 bunch green onions , cut into thirds
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1/2  yellow onion , quartered
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 12 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound pork tenderloin , sliced thinly into 2" pieces
  • 1 tablespoon ginger , grated
  • 1 cup  bamboo shoots , sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon  red chile paste
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound firm tofu , cubed
  • 2 large eggs , beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch , mixed into ¼ cup water
  • green onions , for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the mushrooms to boiling water and let sit in a small bowl for 30 minutes before slicing very thinly and discarding any pieces that are still very tough.
  • Add the green onions, garlic cloves, onion and peppercorns to a bouquet garni bag or to a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot with the chicken stock and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes until reduced by ⅓ (If you didn’t use a bag, fish out the ingredients) then keep on low heat while you continue cooking.
  • In a large skillet add the oil on medium-high heat and cook the pork tenderloin then remove from the pan and add in the ginger, bamboo shoots, chile paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, white pepper and sugar stirring well to combine and bring to a boil before moving the mixture to the dutch oven with the chicken stock.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pot along with the tofu  and the cornstarch/water mix and bring the heat back up to medium-low for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the soup in a clock-wise direction at a slow speed and slowly pour in the eggs while whisking slowly to cook the egg while it also spreads out while it cooks (be careful not to let it cook in a giant puddle or in too thin of a stream).
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.