Diced carrot, onion and tofu.
On the left wooden ears and on the right dried mushrooms. Both were soaked in hot water for 4 minutes.All the ingredients simmering.I apologize that the picture doesn't make this look appetizing but it was good.
My version of Hot & Sour Soup
1 small onion diced
1 carrot diced
1/2 cup dried mushroom (soaked in hot water for about 4 minutes and drained)
2-3 dried wooden ears (soaked in hot water for 3 minutes and drained)
1 cup diced tofu
1 cup cooked ham or pork (shredded or diced)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon chili oil (or more if you like it spicy)
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
10 cups water or 8 cups soup stock
1 beef boullion cube
In pot heat 1 tablespoon oil then add carrots and onion. Sautee till carrots are soft and onions are clear. Then add water or soup stock and the rest of the ingreadients. Bring to a boil then simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.
-I don't know exactly how much this yields I would guess about 4 adults. I stretched this out for more for my family.
-If you don't have grated ginger the orginal recipe uses 2-3 slices fresh ginger. It's cooked for 2-3 minutes then discarded.
-This soup is more like a broth not like the restaurant. It's because in the original recipe a cornstarch solution is added as well as an egg. I don't do either one. If you choose 4 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons of water are mixed and then added to the soup cook till thickened about 1 minute. Then remove from heat and mix in 1 beaten egg. I omit this from my recipe because it doesn't come out well for me.
-To make this vegetarian skip the meat it's just as tasty without it.
Enjoy and keep warm :)