Rice Cooker Hot and Sour Soup

In Chinese supermarkets you can find black fungus in the dried goods section; hot bean paste with other bottled Chinese sauces; fresh bamboo shoots in the produce section; and canned bamboo shoots with other canned products. Or you can order all these ingredients online.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced lean pork
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
  • 1⁄2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 6 fresh shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (3 1⁄2 oz.) enoki mushrooms, 1 inch of the stem bottoms removed
  • 1⁄2 cup julienned soaked black fungus
  • 1⁄2 can (8 oz.) bamboo shoots
  • 1 Tbsp. hot bean paste
  • 1 block (10 1⁄2 oz.) soft tofu, cut into strips
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1⁄2 tsp. black vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped cilantro

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the pork, Chinese cooking wine, corn flour, salt, and pepper. Leave to marinate while preparing the rice cooker for the soup.
  • Add the water or mixed water and stock to the rice cooker pot, cover, and set to Cook.
  • When the liquid boils, add the marinated pork, mushrooms, black fungus, and bamboo shoots. Cover rice cooker and cook for about 5 minutes or until mixture returns to a boil.
  • Add the hot bean paste and stir lightly. Add the tofu, cover the rice cooker, and allow to boil for about 10 minutes.
  • When the soup is bubbling vigorously, switch to Warm and allow to cook for about 15 minutes.
  • About 5 minutes before serving, gently stir in egg and add a dash of black vinegar, then switch rice cooker off. Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.