Savory Hot and Sour Soup
If we walked the couple of blocks to the park on a Wednesday or Saturday, we passed by a modest farmers market, a couple espresso bars, our preferred corner Tavola Calda, at least two Pastiiccerias, a Paninoteca, an Osteria, a handful of Trattorias, a Gelateria and one Chinese Restaurant.
After a couple months living in Rome, we realized that one can in fact crave something other than Italian food, so we tried the Chinese Restaurant.
After that, we stuck with Italian.
It might have turned out differently if they had used this recipe for their Hot and Sour Soup.
- Prep Time15 min
- Cook Time30 min
- Total Time45 min
- 1 cup dried lily flower, broken into small pieces
- 1 cup dried black fungus, broken into small pieces
- 8 cups well flavored stock
- 1 heaping tablespoon minced ginger
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 1 onion, cut in half
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 4 eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup white vinegar
- 1 block extra firm tofu, cut into small dice
- 1 8 oz. can bamboo shoots, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 4 diced scallions
Preparing the soup
Cover the dried lily flower and dried black fungus with boiling water and let soak until soft.
Combine the soup stock, ginger, garlic, onion halves, mushrooms, soy sauce, white pepper and the rehydrated lily flower and black fungus in a large soup pot and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
Pull out and discard the onion.
Combine the cornstarch with 1 cup of warm stock from the pot and set aside.
While slowly stirring the soup, slowly pour the 4 beaten eggs into the pot until they begin to form threads.
Slowly stir in the cornstarch mixture and then add the vinegar, tofu, bamboo shoots, and sesame seed oil to the pot, stir and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Season to taste with additional vinegar, salt and white pepper.
Stir in diced scallions and serve.
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