Hot and Sour Soup

Lynette !


I posted this here to participate in a cooking game where chefs travel the world by cooking and tasting recipes from other countries. But I have been making this recipe for over 20 years. Don't be afraid of the list of ingredients or number of steps. It really comes together quickly after the prep work is done.


★★★★★ 2 votes

30 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 oz
    lean boneless pork
  • 1 oz
    dried chinese mushrooms (about 10 large)
  • 1 oz
    bean thread noodles (transparent noodles, about 1/2 pkg)
  • 10 oz
    fresh bean curd (1 cake)
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    sesame oil
  • 1 qt
    chicken stock
  • 2 tsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    chinese red vinegar (may substitute cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground white pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp
    sesame oil
  • 1 tsp
    chili oil

How to Make Hot and Sour Soup


  1. Cut the pork into thin shreds. Bring some water ot a boil in a pot and blanch the pork in it for 2 minutes. Drain the meat and set it aside.
  2. Soak the mushrooms in warm water for 20 minutes, then drain them and squeeze out any excess liquid. Discard the stems and finely shred the caps.
  3. Soak the noodles for 5 minutes in warm water, and then drain them. Cut them into 5 inch lengths and set them aside.
  4. Drain the bean curd and shred it into thin strips.
  5. Beat the eggs and sesame oil together in a small bowl.
  6. Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a large pot. Add the prepared pork, mushrooms, noodles and bean curd together with the sugar, vinegar, white pepper and dark soy sauce. Simmer for 3 minutes, and then thicken it with the cornstarch mixture. Simmer for 2 minutes with the heat as low as possible.
  7. Pour the beaten egg mixture into the soup in a steady stream, and pull the egg into strands with a fork or chopsticks while pouring it in. Stir in the scallions, fresh cilantro, sesame oil and chili oil. Serve!

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About Hot and Sour Soup

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Chinese

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