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Old Cucumber Soup

Soups and Congees

Old Cucumber Soup
2 cups ground or finely minced beef
2 shallots peeled and minced
½ Tablespoon ground white pepper
1 Tablespoon Shao Xing wine
½ teaspoon salt
1 old cucumber, peeled, seeded, ,and sliced thinly
2 Tablespoons cornstarch or water chestnut powder
3 cubes chicken bouillon
2 Tablespoons coriander, minced
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

1. Mix beef with the minced shallots, ground white pepper, wine, and salt, and dust one side of every cucumber slice with the cornstarch or water chestnut powder, then put one teaspoon of this between every two cucumber slices so dusted, and press them together.
2. Put these into a pot with eight cups of water with the bouillon cubes and simmer for twenty minutes, then add the coriander and sesame oil, and serve.

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