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Hot and Sour Soup

Just my kind of soup

Hot and Sour soup is a typical kind of soup that you can normally see in the menu of Chinese restaurant. Ingredients actually are inexpensive, especially when they don’t put much ingredients like the way I do. I prefer to make it instead of buying it, so I can put all the ingredients that I like, have the right level of spiciness and sourness that suits to my palate.

Ingredients

  • 100g pork tenderloin ( sliced thinly)
  • 1 tsp premium soy sauce + 1 tsp of potato starch ( for marinating the pork)
  • 1 block soft tofu ( cut into small cubes)
  • 70g wood ear fungus (washed and Julienned)
  • 150g Bamboo Shoots (Julienned)
  • 2 Liters Chicken Broth
  • 8 dried Shiitake, (washed and just enough hot water to soak the shiitake, when tender, remove the stem, sliced thinly)
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 1/2 tbs potato starch + 3 tbs water ( slurry)

Seasoning

  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbs premium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbs vinegar ( 1 tbs of white vinegar, 1 tbs black vinegar, kindly note that this is my level of sourness, you may want to add more or lessen it to suit your taste)
  • White Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Method

  • Marinate the pork with 1 tsp of premium soy sauce and cornstarch, set aside
  • Boil the bamboo shoots for 3-5 minutes, set aside, discard the water
  • Prepare your pot, add in the chicken broth, turn on the heat to medium high, add the pork and stirring constantly, to ensure that it would not clump together.
  • Add the shiitake, wood ear fungus, tofu and bamboo shoots
  • Add all the seasoning except the vinegar and pepper
  • Let it come to boil,
  • Add the vinegar,salt and pepper. Give a gentle stir.
  • Add the slurry while gently stirring the soup. Followed by the lightly beaten egg. Let is boil for another minute or two. Serve hot.

Wheatgrass Egg Tofu with Shrimp and Broccoli

Today I decided to make this dish again after so long. My best friend of 30 years is coming over to visit me, and this is one of the dish that I prepared, because she is a tofu lover! Apart from this dish, I still have other dishes prepared like Salted Egg Yolk Prawn, Seafood clear soup with Fish Maw, Steamed Seabass and Black Vinegar Chicken. One of these days, I will write out the recipe for the Black Vinegar Chicken to share with you too.

Vegetable Ingredients

  • 200g broccoli

Method

  • Prepare some ice water and set aside.
  • Add a pinch of salt into a pot of boiling water, blanch the broccoli for 2 minutes. Drain and put it into the ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove from the ice water after a minute, drain and set aside.

Egg Tofu Ingredients

  • 6 eggs (55g each)
  • 16g wheatgrass (chopped)
  • 400g unsweetened soy milk (200+200g)
  • pinch of fine salt
  • aluminium tray lined with cooking paper ( I bought the cooking paper from Phoon Huat, see photo below)

Method :

  • Using Blender blend the wheatgrass with 200g of soy milk. Sieve the wheatgrass, set aside the wheatgrass juice. Dispose the grass.
  • Beat the egg until the egg yolk and egg white are well combined. You should not see any coagulation of the egg white.
  • Add the wheatgrass juice and the remaining 200g of soy milk and salt, mix again until well combined.
  • Use a sifter to sieve the mixture. Pour your mixture onto a tray lined with cooking paper, steam at medium heat for about 20 minutes. Kindly note that the steaming time depends on how thick your egg tofu is. The pan I used is 7″ pan. There is no definite rule to this because everyone’s burner are not the same. Material of the pan and other factors might contribute to the timing. The important thing is just keep an eye on it, and when you see the top of your mixture solidifies then it means it is already cook, unlike cake that you still need to use a skewer to poke and check if it is all well done.
  • Turn off the heat, and let it cool.
  • Flip and pat dry, cut to your desired size.
  • Pan-Fry each pieces and set aside. Lay it neatly on a plate. Lay also the blanched broccoli on top

Ingredients for the toppings

  • 1 pack bunashimeji mushrooms
  • 100g shrimp
  • 1 small minced shallots
  • 1 small minced garlic
  • 15g red bell pepper (chopped into small pieces)
  • 15g yellow bell pepper ( chopped into small pieces)
  • 245g chicken broth ( Swanson brand)
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 5g cornstarch + 10g water to make slurry

Method

  • In a heated wok, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of oil. Sauté the spices like garlic, shallots and bell peppers. Sauté until you can smell the fragrance coming out from the spices
  • Add the the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms become soften
  • Add in the shrimp, followed by the broth, mix and let it boil
  • Add Salt and Pepper to taste (I didn’t add any more salt, because my chicken broth is salty enough for me, but do it according to your preference)
  • Add the Slurry, and let it boil for a minute or two. Drizzle the mixture onto the broccoli and egg tofu plate.