This was adapted from a Sunset Magazine recipe that was about ten years old when my mother's friend passed it along to me about a dozen years ago.This healthy soup is perfect on a chilly evening. A shot of hot sauce or a dash of chili oil gives an added boost to the mild heat from the ginger. —Lizthechef
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
rice wine or dry sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons
Asian dark sesame oil
cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
fresh ginger root, peeled and finely minced
best quality chicken stock
carton of silky tofu
1 1/2 cups
low-sodium soy sauce
hot sauce or chili oil (optional)
In This Recipe
Chop the chicken into spoon-sized pieces. Mix with the sherry or rice wine, 1/2 t. sesame oil, 1 T. cornstarch. Set aside.
Heat 1/2 t. sesame oil and briefly cook the garlic and ginger. Add the chicken, cook 2-3 minutes, then add the stock and bring to a boil.
Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Add to stock mixture. Add corn as well. Cook ten minutes.
Blend 2 T. cornstarch with the soy sauce and 1/4 c. water and whisk until smooth. Add to soup and stir for a minute or two.
Beat the egg and pour slowly into the soup, stirring the soup with a fork so as to shred the egg in the soup. Add final 1/2 t. sesame oil to float on top of the soup. Garnish with chopped scallions. Add a dash of hot sauce or chili oil, if desired.