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Home Style Pork and Cucumber Soup

1/4 lb Lean pork
1/2 ts Sugar
1/2 tb Light soy sauce
1/2 tb Rice wine or dry sherry
1 ts Cornstarch
1 ts Vegetable oil or Asian sesame oil
1 sm Cucumber
4 c Chicken stock or water
1 qt Slice fresh ginger, lightly crushed
1 tb Minced Smithfield ham or prosciutto (optional)
Coriander sprigs for garnish


Cut the pork into thin slices and combine with the sugar, soy sauce, wine, cornstarch and oil. Set aside.


Peel, halve and seed the cucumber. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thin slices.


Bring stock and ginger to a boil.


Add the pork and reduce to a lively simmer; simmer for 10 minutes. Add cucumber and simmer until translucent, about 3 minutes.


Garnish with the optional ham and coriander.


Serves 6 as part of a multiple-dish Chinese meal.



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