A rather labor-intensive recipe, but worth the effort for a special occasion-- provided you can obtain some of the esoteric ingredients. Expect to take close to an hour in prep time.
Hot & Sour Soup with Crab
From EatingWell: January/February 1993
A favorite Sichuan-style opener becomes a main course with the addition of crabmeat. Dried tiger-lily buds (also called Golden Needles), cloud ears and Sichuan peppercorns can be found in Aisan markets or ordered from orientalpantry.com or amazon.com.