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How to make hot and sour soup

Updated on March 13, 2012


hot and sour soup (pungent and hot soup)
hot and sour soup (pungent and hot soup)

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Delicious hot and sour soup (also known as pungent and hot soup)

You do not need to go to a Chinese Restaurant to enjoy your favorite ethnic cooking. This simple chinese soup has several different versions based on where in China it was derived from.This hot and sour soup is based on the northern version of hot and sour soup (also known as pungent hot soup).

For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

salt, pepper, tapioca powder (or cornstarch), soy sauce, pork, sesame oil, rice vinegar (or black vinegar), sugar, chicken stock, dried mushrooms (medium), egg, water, green onion, white onion, and cilantro.

Measurements for hot and sour soup

SEASONING: (which you can find in any ethnic/chinese food store as well as most larger supermarkets):

1 tsp of tapioca powder or cornstarch

1.5 tsp of soy sauce

2 tsp of sugar

1/2 cup of juliened (boneless) pork. Pork should be julianed to about 1/8 by 1/8 by 2 inches, but you can make it thicker or thinner depending on your own preferences.


1.5 tsp of sesame oil

2 tsp soy sauce

1 tsp of pepper

1 tablespoon of rice vinegar

1/2 tsp sugar

4 cups of chicken sotck

3 chopped black mushrooms (if dried, hydrate in hot water for 5 minutes

1/2 cup of thin sliced bamboo shoots

1.5 tablespoons of tapioca powder

2 tablespoons of water

1 cup of bean curd (soft)

1 egg, lightly beaten with a wik

1.5 tablespoons of minced green onion

1 tablespoon of minced white onion

2 tablespoons of cilantro

Preparation of the soup

1. Mix all the seasoning ingredients (tapioca, soy sauce, sugar, and pork) listed above into a medium sized bowl. Make sure the pork is well covered with the other seasoning ingredients.

2. Bring chicken stock to a boil in a medium pot. Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, salt, pepper to taste, rice vinegar, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and the now-seasoned julienne pork slices. Reduce heat to medium, stirring intermittently, and cook for 5-7 minutes.

3. Reduce heat to low. Mix the 1.5 tablesppons of tapioca with water and add gradually to the soup, stirring constantly as is thickens. Then add the soft bean curd.

4. Return to a boil, and add the beaten egg.

5. garnish with the onions and cilantro.

6. Enjoy. This hot and sour soup should serve 4-5 people.

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    • MeanGreen profile image

      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      I have been trying to cut back on eating out myself... trying new recipes is a fun way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon and it's really nice to save the money!

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      Thanks Marcy! Let me know if you have any great dishes of your own that I could try.

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      Thanks for all the comments everyone! I am so glad to get such a positive response. Please let me know any recipes of your own!

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      Maria-Arg 5 years ago from New York City

      I love this soup. I might just try making it for myself! Thanks for posting.

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

      I am very happy to know what goes into this soup (now), but I am afraid these are too many ingredients for me to buy to make this soup. I think I will continue to order it from my favorite Chinese restaurant in town. Thanks for the tips though.

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      lorenmurcia 5 years ago

      This is just the soup I need for my husband. Every time he wakes after a weekend drink with his friends, he would always request for a hot soup. If he doesn't like what I prepare, we would eat out. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      An interesting variation on this recipe.

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      CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

      Hot and Sour soup is one of my favorites when it comes to asian dishes, it is always a nice treat when a restaurant makes a good hot and sour, I will give your recipe a try, thanks for making the hub!

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      Max Shelley 5 years ago from Auburn Hills, Michigan

      That looks so good! I'm gonna have to make it next time I go to the grocery store. Thanks for SHARING! :)

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      Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I love Chinese food!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this soup recipe. I love the smell of it already.

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      Dawn A. Harden 5 years ago from CT-USA

      Ingredients you list are easy to get. Just may try making this soup. Thanks!

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love, LOVE hot & sour soup! Gonna try this soon - thanks for posting!