What happens when your gas runs out for your gas stove? One answer is that you could find out how to use your rice cooker in more efficient and variety-filled ways than you ever have before. Our version of this, was to make Chinese hot and sour soup. The soup can be optionally served with hand-cut noodles, which I’ll also describe how to make below.
10 cups water
about 1/2 kilo of ground beef, pork or chicken
large bowl of cold water
3/4 cup dried Shiitake mushrooms
1 and 1/2 cups lettuce or Nappa cabbage, chopped into slivers
3/4 cup dried orange flower (optional)
1/2 cup dried Chinese wood ear mushroom (optional)
4 slices ginger
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
red pepper flakes or rooster sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
3 tablespoons corn starch, mixed in a little cold water
2 eggs, beaten
a bit of green onion (optional)
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
salt to taste
1 cup carrots, cut into slivers (optional)
1 cup bean sprouts (optional)
3/4 cup bamboo (optional)
3/4 cup baby corn (optional)
1/2 block of tofu (optional)
Soak the Shiitake, the orange flowers, and the wood ear mushrooms in the bowl of cold water. Let sit for half an hour.
Chop up the lettuce, ginger, garlic, and any other vegetables.
Bring the 10 cups of water to a boil in the rice cooker. Stir in the ground beef. After stirring briskly for several minutes, the meat should break apart into pieces.
Pour in the soy sauce, sesame oil, and vinegar. Mix in the sugar.
Chop up the wood ear mushrooms into large pieces, and cut the Shittake into slivers.
Mix all of the vegetables into the pot. Let cook for about 10-15 minutes.
Pour in the beaten eggs, stirring the pot while pouring. Then mix in the red pepper flakes and white pepper. Add salt to taste.
Serve the soup on top of hand-cut noodles. Sprinkle a bit of chopped green onion on top.
(if you only have one rice cooker, pour your prepared hot and sour soup into another pot, and wash out the rice cooker pot in order to cook the noodles)
2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
Stir and knead the flour and water together until a dough is formed that’s not too firm and not too soggy. Add extra flour or water as needed.
Knead the dough for another 2-3 minutes. Then split the dough into halves.
Roll out a half into a large, flat piece. Sprinkle flour over it generously.
Fold the flat piece into thirds. Then cut up the piece into slivers. Unfold each sliver. The result should be long noodles.
Boil a pot of water. Throw the noodles into the pot while boiling. Do not overfill the pot with noodles.
Stir slightly while the noodles are cooking, so they don’t stick to each other or to the pot.
After 10 minutes of cooking, take the noodles out of the pot. Serve immediately. For more noodles, use the other half of the dough, or save the other half for leftovers.