West Lake Beef Soup

West Lake soup is a simple dish from the Hangzao region between Shanghai and Canton. It is a simple, inexpensive comfort food served in homes throughout China. West Lake beef soup tastes rich, mellow, fresh and smooth at the same time. It is almost always part of a Chinese banquets. West Lake soup is a home dish and usually not available at restaurants.

West Lake Beef Soup

This delicious home soup is loved for its gentle flavors and inclusion of ground beef. Hamburger soup? Sounds as good as it tastes. This is basically the more sophisticated original version of the more well known Egg Drop Soup.
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Course: Brunch, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Chinese, Eastern China, Shanghai
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • large saucepan
  • Bowl

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Firm tofu, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 8 oz Flank steak, slice thin then diced
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 8 Mushrooms, stems removed and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • 6 cups Low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 tbsp Cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Egg whites, lightly beaten (4 large eggs)
  • ¼ tsp Ground white pepper
  • 1 cup Chopped cilantro (or parsley)

Instructions

  • By hand or in a food processor, chop beef cubes into tiny cubes, if not using already ground beef. Put into a bowl and combine with 1 tsp salt, soy sauce, and rice wine to marinate.
    Combine 6 cups chicken broth and mushroom slices in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until mushrooms soften, about 5 minutes.
    Add tofu cubes and cook another 5 minutes. Add meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, about 1 minute. Stir in cornstarch-water slurry and cook a few minutes more to thicken.
    Slowly drizzle in egg whites while gently stirring them around with the handle of a wooden spoon. As soon as the egg white strands solidify, turn off heat.
    To serve, season with white pepper and salt to taste. Stir in cilantro, Pour into individual serving bowls and serve

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