Vietnamese Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato

(Canh cà chua trứng, đậu) - Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato soup is  one of typical Vietnamese Soup Recipes - a clear broth form the north of Vietnam. 
(Canh cà chua trứng, đậu) - Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato

Ingredients 

- Dried shiitake mushrooms: 115g , soaked in water for 20 minutes
- Vegetable oil: 15ml
- Shallots, halved and sliced: 2
- Thai chillis, seeds and sliced: 2
- 4cm fresh rood ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped
- Fish sauce: 15 ml
- Tofu, rinsed, drained and put into bite-size cubes: 350g
- Tomatoes, skinned, seeded and cut into thin strips: 4
- Salt: 1/4 tsp
- Ground black pepper: 1/4 tsp
- Bunch Chilantro, stalks removed, finely chopped, for garnishing: 1

For Stock

- 1  meaty chicken carcass or pork ribs
- 25 dried squid or shrimp, soaked in the water for 15 minutes
- 2 Onions, peeled and quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 7.5cm fresh root ginger, coarsely chopped
- 15ml fish sauce
- 6 black peppercorns
- 4cloves star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4tsp  sea salt

Process

- To make the stock, put the chicken carcass or pork ribs in a deep pan. Drain and rinse the dried squid or shrimp.
(Canh cà chua trứng, đậu) - Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato
- Add to the pan with the remaining stock ingredients, except the salt, and pour in 2 liters water. Bring the water to the boil, and boil for a few minutes, skim off any foam, then reduce the heat and simmer gently with the lid on for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 
- Remove the lid and continue simmering for further 30 minutes to reduce. Skim off any fat, season with salt, then strain and measure out 1.5 liters.
- Squeeze dry the soaked shiitake mushrooms, remove the stems and slice the caps into thin strips. Heat the oil in a large pan and stir in the shallots, chili and ginger. This is an important step to create one od stunning Vietnamese Soup recipes.
- As the fragrance begins to rise, stir in fish sauce, followed by the stock.Add the tofu, mushrooms and tomatoes. Bring the stock to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- Season to taste and scatter the finely chopped fresh coriander over the top.
(Canh cà chua trứng, đậu) - Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato
You can serve Tofu Soup with Mushrooms and Tomato to your family and friends. Using when it is still hot with a bowl rice in rainy day. 

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