Recipe for Hot And Sour Tofu Soup

Ingredients

8 medium dry shiitake mushrooms (about 3/4 o; z. total)
1 tablespoon salad oil
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 quart regular-strength chicken broth
1 lb soft or regular tofu, rinsed, cut i; nto 1/2-inch cubes, and
1 drained well
3 tablespoon rice vinegar or cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 to 1 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili oil (optional)
4 green onions (ends trimmed), thinly; sliced
1 crisp noodles (recipe follows)
1 crisp-creamy peas (recipe follows)

Instructions

Soak mushrooms in hot water to cover until soft, about 20 minutes.

Drain; cut off tough stems and discard. Cut caps into thin strips; set aside.

Pour oil into a 4- to 5-quart pan. Place over medium heat and add garlic and ginger; stir until garlic is light gold. Add broth and mushrooms; bring to a boil on high heat. Add tofu; cover and simmer until tofu is hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, and cornstarch until smooth; stir into soup. Cook, stirring, until soup boils. Add white pepper and chili oil to taste. Stir in onions. Pour into a tureen. offer noodles and peas to add to taste.

Makes 6 servings.

CRISP NOODLES:

Pour about 1 inch salad oil into a 2 1/2- to 3-quart pan. Heat oil to 350F. Add a handful of fresh Chinese noodles or fresh taglierini (you'll need 3 oz. total) to oil; fry, turning, until crisp and golden, about 1 minute. Lift out; drain on paper towels. Repeat to fry remaining noodles. Serve, or let cool and store airtight for up to 5 days. Makes 3 cups. Or omit this step and use 1 can (5 oz.) chow mein noodles.

CRISP-CREAMY PEAS:

Rinse and drain 1 can (16 oz.) black-eyed peas. Spread out on a double layer of paper towels and pat dry. Place beans in a 10- by 15- inch baking pan. Add 1 tablespoon salad oil and mix to coat beans. Bake in a 400F oven until beans are lightly browned and crisp on outside, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Serve hot or warm. Makes 1 cup.





African American Indian Appetizers Australian Barbeque
Beef Bread British Cajun Creole Cakes
Canadian Candy Casseroles Chiken Chinese
Cookies Desserts Drinks Dutch Eastern European
Filipino Fish French German Greek
Holiday Indian Irish Italian Japanese
Jewish Korean Lamb Low fat Mexican
Misc Unsorted Oriental Pakistani PanCakes Pasta
Pies Pork Russian Salads Sandwich
Sauces Seafood Soups South American Thai
Turkey Turkish Veal Vegetables Vegetarian
You need the BEST Dedicated or Virtual SERVER for LESS money? Just click here