Hot and Sour Soup

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Hot and Sour Soup is a popular Chinese soup known for its spicy and tangy flavors. It typically includes a combination of vegetables, tofu, and sometimes meat, all cooked in a flavorful broth. This recipe is tailored to serve one person, making it a satisfying and warming meal option.

Hot and Sour Soup

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Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 1 Calories: The calorie count may vary based on the ingredients used. Best Season: Suitable throughout the year



  1. In a pot, bring the vegetable or chicken broth to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms, diced tofu, and bamboo shoots to the boiling broth. Cook for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili garlic sauce or Sriracha, grated ginger, sugar, sesame oil, and white pepper.
  4. Add the sauce mixture to the pot and stir well. Let the soup simmer for a couple of minutes.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Gradually add the slurry to the soup, stirring continuously until the soup thickens slightly.
  6. Slowly pour the beaten egg into the soup while stirring gently. This will create ribbons of cooked egg in the soup.
  7. Add the sliced green onions and cook for an additional minute. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro leaves if desired.
  8. Serve the Hot and Sour Soup hot as an appetizer or as a light meal.


  • For a more flavorful broth, you can use homemade vegetable or chicken broth instead of store-bought. Simmering the broth with some aromatics like garlic, ginger, and onion before adding the other ingredients can enhance the flavors.
  • If you prefer a heartier soup, you can add additional ingredients such as cooked shredded chicken, shrimp, or thinly sliced pork.
  • Adjust the amount of chili garlic sauce or Sriracha according to your desired level of spiciness. You can start with a small amount and gradually add more if you prefer it hotter.
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