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hot & sour soup

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Absolutely delicious, the flavors blend beautifully together; you’d swear you’re at a Chinese restaurant or ordered take-out.

yield 8 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For hot & sour soup

  • 12 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 c
    low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    dried red chili pepper (substitute red pepper flakes)
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    chinese brown sugar (substitute granulated sugar), grated
  • 1/2 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1 lg
    (about 12 oz.) chicken breast
  • 6 oz
    shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz
    oyster mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 can
    (8 oz.) bamboo shoots, drained and thinly sliced
  • 2 lg
    green onions, white & green parts separated and finely sliced
  • 1/3 c
    rice vinegar
  • 1/3 c
    seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    sesame oil
  • 1 c
    (8 oz.) firm tofu, cubed
  • 1/4 c
    cornstarch (mixed in 1 cup cold water)
  • 3 lg
    free-run eggs, beaten

How To Make hot & sour soup

  • 1
    In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add chicken broth, soy sauce, ginger, dried red chili pepper, Chinese brown sugar, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir and when it starts simmering vigorously, add chicken breast, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • 2
    When cooked, remove the meat from the pot and shredded it before returning it back to the Dutch oven.
  • 3
    Add the mushrooms, bamboo shoots, the white parts of green onions, rice vinegar, seasoned rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir until the ingredients are well combined and bring the mixture back to a simmer; cook for 10 minutes.
  • 4
    Five minutes through cooking,add tofu, stir again and let it simmer for the remaining time.
  • 5
    Add the cornstarch mixture and stir very well.
  • 6
    In a thin stream, slowly pour the beaten eggs in while whisking continuously to achieve beautiful thin strands of cooked eggs, floating on the surface; taste and adjust if necessary.
  • 7
    Spoon the soup into warm bowls and sprinkle on the green parts of the green
  • 8
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