Recipe: Low Sodium Tofu and Shiitake Mushroom Hot and Sour Soup
Recipe type: Soup Entree
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Serves: 2 - 4
Soup Ingredients:
  • 1 chicken breast, julienned
  • 4 cups of low-sodium organic chicken broth (use gluten-free broth for gluten-free version)
  • 8 shiitake mushroom, soaked if using dried version
  • 8 fresh wood ear, rinsed and julienned
  • ¾ cup (about 5 oz) of bamboo shoots, already julienned
  • 6 dried lily buds
  • 1 block of soft tofu, julienned
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • ½" of ginger, julienned
  • 1.5 tbsp of cooking rice wine
  • 2.5 tbsp of dark vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of rice vinegar, or white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1.5 tsp finely grounded white pepper
  • 1 tsp chili oil
  • 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Marinate the chicken strips with cooking rice wine. Set aside.
  2. Rinse and soak the lily buds in boiling hot water for 15 minutes, then cut crosswise in half.
  3. Cut shiitake mushroom to slices. If the stub is thick, cut off and slice the edible stubs also so they cook faster later. Set aside.
  4. Open the can of bamboo shoots and rinse in cold water. Drain well and set aside.
  5. Mix the vinegars and soy sauce together and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch with 1.5 tbsp of cold water. Mix well and set aside.
  6. Heat up a stir-fry pan with olive oil. When hot, add the ginger slices and half of the scallions. After 1 minute, add the chicken strips to stir fry and cook all the way through. Turn off heat and set aside.
  7. Boil the chicken broth and ½ cup of water in a pot. When hot, add the cooked chicken strips, mushroom, wood ear, lily buds, bamboo shoots, tofu, vinegar mixture, and cornstarch mixture. Mix gently. Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off heat.
  8. Lift the lid and carefully stir the soup while you slowly pour in the egg. Keep stirring until the egg is cooked and has feathered out into the soup. Make sure the heat is off when you do this step. Otherwise, the egg can get overcooked in clumps which results in a rubbery texture.
  9. Add the white pepper powder, chili oil, salt, and remaining scallions to the soup and mix gently. For a spicier and more sour taste, add additional white pepper powder, chili oil, and vinegar to the soup as desired.
1. To prepare this soup in advance and keep frozen, leave out the tofu and egg during the soup making process. When serving, thaw the soup and add the tofu. When the soup boils, slowly stir in the egg to feather it into the soup. 2. This soup can be served hot by itself, or you can add rice or cooked quinoa to the soup to make it into a meal. 3. To make a vegetarian version of this soup, skip the chicken breast ingredient in this recipe. Also, substitute the chicken broth with a vegetable broth. 4. See the shiitake mushroom, wood ear, and ginger root pages in the Common Ingredients section for preparation details, health benefits, and buying tips for these ingredients.
Recipe by Chinese Soup Pot at