Another recipe easily available at Asian restaurants for most, but because of the egg, made taboo for the vegan. Here's a version that allows you to try it at home.
Place 5 dried shiitake and 5 dried woodear mushrooms in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Let stand ten minutes, then drain and thinly slice. My supermarket did not currently have shiitakes, so I substituted dried portobellos in a pinch, but I would urge you to make sure you have woodears - their shape and texture are distinctive.
Bring 4 cups broth, 2 cups water, a tablespoon minced fresh ginger and a teaspoon minced fresh garlic to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the mushrooms, reduce heat, and simmer for five minutes.
Add 1/4 cup rice vinegar (Eden Organic's, I know, is vegan: http://www.edenfoods.com/), one tablespoon soy sauce, a dash of black pepper, and 8 oz tofu, cut into 1/4-inch cubes. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
Combine 1/4 cup water and 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, stirring well with a whisk. Pour into the soup and bring to a boil again; reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
Create the equivalent of 4 vegan eggs with a substitute (such as Ener-G Egg Replacer). Whisk very well, since the original recipe calls for egg white lightly beaten. Slowly pour the "eggs" into the broth, stirring gently but constantly. Obviously it's been a while since I've had the real thing, but these makeshift eggs do add the same egg-white-like consistency, body, and sheen to the soup.
Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped green onions, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1 teaspoon sesame oil. Four servings of 1 3/4 cups each and 160 calories.
dried portobellos $4.99
dried woodear $2.99
green onions $0.99
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html