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DJ Jayro Soup Development Team: Week Fifteen – Drop it Like it’s Hot and Sour Soup

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Dear Soup Development Team,

Another year is upon us, time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Since I know most of you can’t wait to get back to work tomorrow, I’ll keep this short and head right to the recipe.

A close cousin of Egg Drop it Like it’s Hot Soup, The etymology of Drop it Like it’s Hot and Sour Soup can be traced back to ancient China in Sichuan province. The wood ears and lily buds enhance circulation, chicken broth is said to have healing magic (think chicken noodle soup), and the vinegar to make it sour has antiseptic properties.

Drop it Like it’s Hot and Sour Soup

The sour flavour in the soup comes from the rice vinegar and the ginger. If you find that the below is not enough, keep adding until it tastes right to you. You will need to go to an Asian grocery store to get some of the below ingredients. Any basic one should have everything.

Soak 4 wood ears, 10 lily buds and 4 Chinese black mushrooms in hot water covered for 20 minutes

Cut about ½ a pound of boneless pork into ¼ inch, match-stick size pieces, and marinade with the below for 15 minutes:

1 tsp of soy sauce
1 tsp of rice wine
½ tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp cornstarch

When the wood ears and black mushrooms have fully been rehydrated, cut into matchstick-sized pieces, roughly the same as the pork. Make sure you remove the stems.

In a large soup pan bring to a boil and then simmer:

6 cups of chicken stock
2 tps of rice wine
1 tsp of salt
½ tsp of sugar

Add the pork, murshrooms, and wood ears to the soup base

In a separate bowl, mix 3 tbs of cornstarch with 6 tbs of water and then add to the soup to thicken it

To season the soup, mix the following together and then add to the soup:

3 tbs of soy sauce
4 tbs of rice vinegar
1 ½ tsp of sesame oil
1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
2 tbs of minced green onions
2 tbs of minced ginger

After about 5 more minutes of cooking, take the soup pan off the heat and add two beaten eggs, poring slowly in a small stream while stiring the soup in a circular motion

This weeks track is Lord of our Vice by Blue Sky Black Death. The strings in the sample are reminiscent of a Chinese pipa, and the title is fitting since 90% of you will probably break your New Years Resolutions by the end of the week, if you haven’t already. I know I have.

“made from scratch”

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