Soup week: Day 3. What we will be making today is Maki Soup! Yes, you’ve seen it right! This is not the maki you know about and those two are not related. Maki Soup is far from being Japanese dish but it is a Filipino Chinese soup dish which is flavoured with fluffy tender pork pieces. This soup is popular in the Filipino Chinese area in Manila called Binondo. It is a very thick soup similar to the consistency of a raw egg white. A very simple soup usually enjoyed on its own or with noodles.
500g pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
4 pcs dried shiitake mushrooms
4 cups beef stock
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp light soy sauce
3 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cloves garlic, minced
spring onions, chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1. Using the back of the knife or a meat mallet, pound the meat slices a bit to tenderize it further. This step is needed to have a fluffy meat texture and let the starch cling easily.
2. In a bowl mix together light soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, garlic, baking soda, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Once evenly mixed, add sliced pork then set it aside for at least 30 minutes. Place pork pieces on a plate, sprinkle cornstarch on one side, turn over then sprinkle remaining cornstarch on the other side.
3. Rehydrate shiitake mushrooms in 1 cup of hot water. Once mushrooms are soft, chop it then set it aside.
4. In a pot pour water from rehydrated mushrooms, beef stock, chopped mushrooms and soy sauce for colour, bring it to a boil then once boiling drop pork pieces one at a time to avoid sticking.
5. Mix together tapioca starch and 1/2 cup water, gently pour it on the soup a tablespoon at a time and once desired consistency is achieved set heat to low.
6. Add egg yolks and mildly stir soup to form strands.
7. Add sesame oil then season with salt if needed. Garnish with spring onion. Serve hot.