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Hot and Sour Soup

6 c Chicken stock; (seasoned with some ginger)
2 tb Light soy sauce
1/4 lb Lean pork; in 1/4 inch cubes
6 Dried Chinese mushrooms (soaked 3 hrs.; drained, julienned)
3/4 ts Ground white pepper or more to taste
1/4 c White vinegar; more or less to taste
5 tb Cornstarch mixed with 5 Tbsp. water
Salt if needed
1/2 c Bamboo shoots; julienned
1/4 Dried cloud ears; soaked 1 hr., drained; and shredded
1 Cake bean curd; cut into 1/4 inch cubes
4 Eggs; beaten


Garnish:
Cooked ham; cut in slivers
Green onion; chopped
Sesame oil to taste
Grated carrot
Ground black pepper


Bring stock to simmer, add soy sauce, pork, and mushrooms. Simmer 10 minutes. Add pepper, vinegar, and thicken with cornstarch mixture. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add bamboo, cloud ears, and bean curd. Bring to simmer and pour in eggs in a very thin stream over the surface of the soup. Wait 10 seconds and stir gently. Add garnishes and serve.


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