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Ellen's Hot And Sour Soup

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Ingredients
  Chicken broth 8 Cup (128 tbs), defatted
  Shiitake mushrooms 1 Ounce, dried, rinsed well
  Rice wine vinegar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Soy sauce 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Scallions 3 , finely julienned (3 Inches Green Left On)
  Carrot 1 Small, peeled and finely julienned
  Snow peas 2 Ounce, finely julienned
  Bamboo shoots 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), finely julienned
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced
  Ginger 1 Tablespoon, peeled, minced
  Shrimp 4 Ounce, peeled, deveined, and coarsely chopped
  Pork tenderloin 8 Ounce, coarsely chopped
  Hot chili oil 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cornstarch 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Enoki mushrooms/White mushrooms - 4 ounces, cleaned, stems trimmed, and thinly slivered 1 Ounce, stems trimmed
  Bean curd 8 Ounce, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  Peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cooked
  Salt To Taste
  Noodles 1 Cup (16 tbs), crispy fried (As Needed, For Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a saucepan, pour 2 cups of the chicken broth and bring it to boil.
2. Add the shiitake mush-rooms and remove from the heat.
3. Let it soak in broth for 1 hour.
4. After 1 hour, spoon out shiitake mushrooms and strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth.
5. Keep the liquid aside for cooling.
6. Chop off the tough stems.
7. Slice the mushroom caps thinly.
8. Refrigerate the reserved liquid until slightly chilled.
9. Combine the chilled liquid with the chili oil and corn-starch.

MAKING
10. In a soup pot, boil 6 cups chicken broth, the vinegar, and soy sauce.
11. Add the shiitake mush-rooms, scallions, carrot, snow peas, bamboo shoots, garlic, ginger, shrimp, and pork.
12. Heat to boil the soup again.
13. Simmer gently over reduced heat for 8 minutes.
14. Gradually add the chilled liquid mixture to the soup; keep stirring gently.
15. Add the enoki mushrooms, bean curd, and peas.
16. Simmer with constant stirring for about 2 minutes until the soup thickens slightly.
17. Season with salt to taste.

SERVING
18. Garnished with crispy fried noodles.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Japanese
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet, Healthy
Ingredient: 
Shrimp
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
15 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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