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Chinese cooking, like most of Asia, focuses first on a starch like rice or noodles, then adds an accompaniment of meat or seafood, rather than meat first, starch and vegetables second, as found in European-influenced cuisines. Recipes in China are as diverse as the language, with its 80,000 characters, and Chinese immigrants have brought this complex culinary heritage to almost every region of the world.

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Hot and Sour Soup

4 dried Chinese mushrooms
16 ounces Chinese bean curd, well drained
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained
4 cups Chinese Chicken Stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 ounces ground pork, cut into thin slices about 2 inches long
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons water
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons sesame-seed oil
1 green onion, sliced

Cover the mushrooms in a small bowl with warm water. Let them soak for 30 minutes to soften. Strain mushroom liquid and reserve. Cut the mushrooms into 1/4-inch slices; set aside.

Slice bean curd and bamboo shoots into 1/4inch slices and set aside.

Place the chicken stock in a large pot. Add the salt, soy sauce, mushroom liquid, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and ground pork. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer soup for 3 minutes. Add the white pepper, vinegar, and bean curd. Return soup to a boil. Give the cornstarch mixture a stir, then add to soup, followed by the beaten egg, while stirring gently. Remove the heat from the heat. Add the sesame oil and sprinkle soup with green onions to serve.


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This page modified January 2007