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Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Asian #Soup #Recipe

The classic hot and sour soup that is so popular at Chinese restaurants is a quick, easy soup to make at home! It tastes so good, I had two bowls of it before I could stop myself.

I have a friend at work whose family used to run a popular Chinese restaurant here in town. Honestly, I never ate at that restaurant, but I love to talk recipes with Jon. He taught me how to make sushi and helped out with my sushi making classes at work … and when the subject of soup came up, he told me he had the BEST recipe for hot & sour soup. I freaking LOVE hot and sour soup! It’s my favorite.

So I bugged him and bugged him and reminded him that I needed that recipe! Finally, he found it and texted it to me. I didn’t use dried mushrooms like the recipe said, but Jon says the recipe only calls for dried mushrooms because they assume you will not have fresh ones available. I pretty much ALWAYS have fresh mushrooms on hand! I used baby bella mushrooms because that is what I had on hand, but you can use Shitaake if you want a more traditional Chinese mushroom in your soup.

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup


  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 4 - 6 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3.5 oz. firm tofu, rinsed and chopped into small strips
  • 1 oz. pork butt, slivered (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup canned shredded bamboo shoots
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup finely minced scallions
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the mushrooms, tofu, pork, and bamboo shoots and return to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the vinegar. When soup has returned to a rolling boil, slowly stir in the cornstarch slurry, stirring constantly until thickened, 1 - 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and, while stirring, add the egg in a thin stream, then stir in the scallions, sugar and white pepper. Enjoy!


This soup comes together very quickly, so chop all your ingredients ahead of time!

RECIPE SOURCE: http://www.sumptuousspoonfuls.com/

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Chinese Hot & Sour Soup ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Asian #Soup #Recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday, Gluten Free Friday, What’s for Dinner Sunday, What to Do WeekendsWeekend PotluckHappiness is Homemade, Hearth & Soul Bloghop, Pretty Pintastic Party and Strength & Sunshine.

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13 Responses

  1. I love hot and sour soup! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!

    February 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

  2. Looks so delicious and easy to put together, Ann! Pinning to try later

    February 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! Thank you, Hadia.

      February 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  3. Looks and sounds yummy! I need a bowl or two of this on this chilly, rainy day!

    February 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    • Ann

      It is so perfect for a chilly rainy day, Lynn!

      February 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  4. Ann

    I’ve never tried hot and sour soup, but it sounds and looks wonderful!

    February 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    • Ann

      Ann, this is a culinary experience you NEED to have in your life! If not at home, then at least have it when you’re at your favorite Chinese place. (or perhaps both, so you can compare) … this one has more subtle flavors than you might find in a restaurant.

      February 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm

  5. Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com

    Yum! Can’t wait to try this, Pinned!!

    February 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    • Ann

      Yay, thank you, Angela!

      February 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

  6. i love hot & sour—never even thought about making it myself!

    February 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    • Ann

      It’s surprisingly easy, Justine! You really should try it.

      February 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm

  7. I need to make this soon! I have an old recipe that I love that’s so similar and haven’t made it in awhile! Now my mouth is watering!

    February 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    • Ann

      You do, Abbe! I couldn’t believe how easy it is to make.

      February 22, 2017 at 8:20 pm