Chinese Hot & Sour Soup
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.
- 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
- In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the mushrooms, tofu, pork, and bamboo shoots and return to a boil.
- 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.
- 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!
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