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Hot and Sour Soup

Yield: 4 (1.00 serving)



6 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 tablespoon miso
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup cubed firm tofu (not silken)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Soak the shiitake mushrooms in very warm water for 15 minutes while you get the rest of the ingredients ready. Drain them and slice into thin slices.

Place the chicken broth, water and miso in a 3 quart pan and heat over high heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir well and cook briefly, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.