Date: Thu, 03 Feb 94 12:34:13 EST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Adams - UNH Graduate School)
HOT AND SOUR SOUP:
1/4 cup dried tree ear mushrooms (or use regular or fancy mushrooms).
3 TBSP peeled, finely chopped (or grated) gingeroot (USE FRESH ONLY)
1 cup chopped scallions
5 TBSP reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp. red wine
1/4 cup vinegar (use red wine or white)
2 tsp. plus 1 TBSP cornstarch
8+ cloves garlic coarsly chopped (or 4 TBSP. pre-minced)
1.5 tsp red-pepper flakes (or cayenne pepper)
1 TBSP hot-pepper paste (or tabisco or jalepona sauce)
6 fresh water chestnuts (optional)
1 cup low fat diced firm tofu
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp szechuan peppercorns (roasted and crushed) - optional
Soak dried tree ear mushrooms in boiling water for about 15 minutes. I also
have used regular fresh mushrooms and shiutie (sp???) mushrooms. Set aside.
Mix cornstarch (try with about 2 tsp. if want thicker soup add rest of
cornstarch) and cold water (1/4 cup) and set aside. Take 1 TBSP ginger, 1/4
scallions. 2 TBSP soy sauce, 1 tsp wine and vinegar.
Mix into a semi-paste (just stir for a bit). Combine garlic and remaining
ginger (PLEASE use fresh gingeroot, it really makes the recipie. I tried it
using dired ginger and it didn't taste nearly as good, it lost a lot).
Heat large wok or pot and add 1 tsp or red wine. Stir fry
garlic and ginger paste for about 30 secs. on high heat. Stir a lot.
Add red-pepper flakes, hop pepper paste (or whatever you decided
upon), water chestnuts and mushrooms. Stir fry some more (30-60
seconds) stiring a lot. Then add semi-paste mixture made earlier
(chives, soy, ect). About 1 min. then add tofu and rest of chives.
Stir fry another 45 secs and add rest of ingrediants (sugar,
peppercorns, rest of soy sauce) plus 2 cups of water. Bring to boil
and cook 2 minutes then add cornstarch mixture. Cook until thickend
(not to much longer).
Taste for seasoning. You may want more/less cayenne pepper and spice.
More vinegar to make it more 'sour'. This only makes about 3-4 cups, so I
always make it as a double batch. It usually does not last a night, even with
a double batch. It is very HOT and will clear those clogged sinus's.