Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hot & Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup
serves 4–6

8 dried shiitake mushrooms
25g/1oz cornflour
3 tablespoons dry sherry
100g/4oz pork loin
1.2 litres/2pt chicken stock
50g/2oz bamboo shoots, sliced
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 egg, lightly beaten
225g/8oz tofu, diced
salt and freshly ground
black pepper

• In a medium bowl, soak the mushrooms in warm water for 20 minutes, then drain, squeeze out any excess moisture and cut into 1cm/1⁄2in slices.
• In a small dish, stir the cornflour into the sherry and set aside.
• Put the pork loin in a large heavy pan and completely cover with water. Simmer until tender, then cool and shred.
• Bring the stock to the boil. Stir in the pork, mushrooms and bamboo shoots. Simmer for 10 minutes, then stir in the soy sauce and red wine vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the reserved cornflour mixture.Keep stirring until the soup has thickened.
• Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg. Mix in the tofu and heat through. Serve the soup hot.

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