Preparation / Directions:
* See vegetable stock recipe or use Vegetarian- style instant bouillon. For each cup of vegetable stock specified in recipe, dissolve 1 teaspoon vegetable-flavored granules or 1 cube vegetable stock base in 1 cup boiling water.
** Cut in matchstick pieces, or 1/2 cup sliced water chestnuts.
*** (including tops) Cut into 1-inch diagonal slices. Cover mushrooms with water and let stand for 30 minutes.
Remove mushrooms; cut off and discard stems. Thinly slice mushrooms and set aside. Measure soaking water (discard any sandy portion at the bottom) and add enough stock to make a total of 4 cups liquid. Place in a 2-quart pan and add sherry, bamboo shoots, and sliced mushrooms. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add tofu, peas, white vinegar, and soy; heat for 3 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch and the 1/4 cup water. Add to soup and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened. Turn off heat. Add pepper and sesame oil. Stirring continuously, slowly pour egg into soup. Sprinkle with onion; add salt to taste.
Makes four 1-1/2 cup servings.