This version of the Chinese take-out standby has all of the bright, peppery flavors of the traditional recipe but none of the gloppiness. Joanne Chang uses ground pork instead of thin strips of meat, which is a little unorthodox but a great time-saver.
How to Make the Ultimate Umami-Bomb Vegetarian Demi-Glace
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 pound ground pork
4 scallions3 minced, 1 thinly sliced
One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 small garlic clove, minced
3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
12 ounces medium-soft tofu, drained and diced
4 white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Tabasco
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 eggs, lightly beaten
In a large saucepan, heat the canola oil. Add the ground pork, minced scallions, ginger and garlic and stir-fry over moderately high heat until the pork is cooked through. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the tofu, mushrooms, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, Tabasco, pepper and 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil and return the soup to a simmer.
Whisk the cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of water; whisk into the soup. Whisk in the eggs and simmer for 1 minute. Drizzle with the remaining sesame oil, sprinkle with the sliced scallion and serve.