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Hot and Sour Soup

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    8 cups  chicken broth or vegetable broth
    8 ounces  shiitake mushrooms,, (or baby bella mushrooms), thinly-sliced with stems discarded
    1/4 cup  rice vinegar, or more to taste
    1/4 cup  low-sodium soy sauce
    2 teaspoons  ground ginger
    1 teaspoon  chili garlic sauce
    1/4 cup  cornstarch
    2 large  eggs, whisked
    8 ounces  firm tofu*, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    4  green onions, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon  toasted sesame oil

Kosher salt and white pepper (or black pepper)


Set aside cup of the chicken or vegetable broth for later use.
Add the remaining 7 cups chicken or vegetable broth, mushrooms, bamboo shoots (if using), rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and chili garlic sauce to a large stock pot, and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat until the soup reaches a simmer.
While the soup is heating, whisk together the cup of broth (that you had set aside) and cornstarch in a small bowl until completely smooth. Once the soup has reached a simmer, stir in the cornstarch mixture and stir for 1 minute or so until the soup has thickened.
Continue stirring the soup in a circular motion, then drizzle in the eggs in a thin stream (while still stirring the soup) to create egg ribbons. Stir in the tofu, half of the green onions, and sesame oil. Then season the soup with salt and a pinch* of white pepper (or black pepper) to taste. If you?d like a more ?sour? soup, feel free to add in another tablespoon or two of rice wine vinegar as well. Or if you?d like a spicier soup, add in more chili garlic sauce.
Serve immediately, garnished with the extra green onions.

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