From a Pot: Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

A classic at almost every Chinese restaurant. Hot and sour soup is totally easy to prepare and low in calories.

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup - Title of the Recipe

Prep Time

Prep Time:

15 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes

Total Time:

35 Minutes


  • Pot
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
Nutritional values
Nutrition Label of the Recipe
Shopping List
  • Tofu: 100.0 g
  • Button mushrooms: 100.0 g
  • Scallion: 1.0
  • Sugar
  • Egg: 2.0
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • White pepper
  • Rice vinegar: 60.0 ml
  • Soy sauce: 20.0 ml
  • Oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Vegetable soup base: 1.5 l
  • Cornstarch
  • Water

Ingredients and Instructions




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Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

  • Tofu: 100 g

  • Button mushrooms: 100 g

  • Scallion: 1

  • Sugar: 1 tsp

  • Egg: 2

  • Ginger: 0.5 tsp

  • Salt: 1 tsp

  • White pepper: 1 tsp

  • Rice vinegar: 60 ml

  • Soy sauce: 20 ml

  • Oil: 1 tsp

  • Sesame oil: 1 tsp

  • Vegetable soup base: 1.5 l

  • Cornstarch: 1 tbsp

  • Water: 2 tbsp


Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

  1. Wash the mushrooms and cut them into slices. Cut the tofu into about an inch big cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a pot, add mushrooms and ginger and stir quickly. Pour vegetable soup base over mushrooms and ginger, then add in the tofu and season with salt, sugar and soy sauce.
  3. Cook the soup for about 10 minutes to bring it to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer.
  4. In a cup, mix the cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water to get a smooth mixture. Add it to the broth to thicken it.
  5. Whisk the eggs in a cup and slowly pour them into the soup. Make sure that the soup isn't boiling too much. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  6. At the end, add white pepper and vinegar to the soup and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Garnish the soup with chopped green parts of scallion and sesame oil.
  8. Adjust the soup to your taste. You can make it thicker if you add in more cornstarch, or you can add in more salt, pepper ...


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  • This recipe is extremely flexible. You can adjust the amount of pepper, soy sauce and vinegar to your taste.
  • Traditionally, hot and sour soup is made with shitake mushrooms, bamboo shoots, chicken or pork. Since I’m not a fan of meat and shiitake mushrooms, I adapted the recipe to my taste. If you want to make this soup according to the traditional recipe, just replace tofu with meat, mushrooms with shiitake mushrooms and add bamboo shoots.
  • Pork or chicken
  • Cut 100 g of meat into pieces and then marinate it for about 10 minutes in 1 teaspoon of oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 0.5 teaspoon of white pepper.
  • Mushrooms
  • You can use fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms. Dried ones have a more intense taste, so they are usually used for this soup. If you use dry mushrooms, soak them in water for about 2 hours before adding them to the soup.
  • Bamboo shots
  • Just add them to the soup.

Fun Facts:

  • When I first tried hot and sour soup, I did not like the taste of it. Later, after a few visits to a Chinese restaurants, I got used to it. Now, of course, I love it.
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