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Sichuan Hot and Sour soup

Updated on October 18, 2012

Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup

Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup
Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup
Chinese Mushrooms
Chinese Mushrooms
Cloud Ears Before Drying
Cloud Ears Before Drying
Tiger Lilies with Buds
Tiger Lilies with Buds
Bean Curd
Bean Curd

Sichuan Cooking

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Sichuan Hot and Sour Soup


With the introduction of Sichuan cooking (Szechwan or Szechuan has also been used) in America in the 1960s and 1970s, many Cantonese restaurants began to feature a few Sichuan dishes on there menus.


Unfortunately, you can’t just add hot sauce or chili peppers to Cantonese food and call it Sichuan. Most Chinese restaurants today list Sichuan hot and sour soup, but the quality and flavor varies considerably. To the best of my knowledge, the following is an authentic recipe.


Do not be turned off by some of the ingredients if you are not familiar with them. Dried tiger lily buds add an interesting texture and so do cloud ears which are just another form of tree fungus somewhat related to mushrooms. Bean curd pretty much takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked in.


if you don’t make your own chicken broth, try to buy a reliable brand. One Chinese cookbook recommended College Inn chicken broth, but you can decide for yourself. You will need to find an oriental market to get all of these ingredients, but it will be well worth your trouble if you plan to do any amount of Chinese cooking.




Preparation Time:

30 Minutes

Cooking Time:

15 Minutes



2 Cans of Chicken Broth

10 Dried Tiger Lily Buds soaked in hot water for 15 Minutes

¼ Cup of Cloud Ears soaked in hot water for 15 minutes

6 Chinese Dried Mushrooms soaked in hot water until soft (Remove the hard stems and cut them into narrow strips)

6 Oz. of Lean Pork cut into match stick like strips

¼ Cup Bamboo Shoots cut into match stick like strips

½ Cup Fresh Bean Curd cut into strips


Sauce Mixture:

1 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce

¼ Teaspoon Sugar

¾ Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons Cornstarch mixed with 3 Tablespoons Water

1 Egg well beaten


Hot and Sour Mixture:

3 Tablespoons Chinese Red Vinegar

½ Teaspoon Ground white pepper

2 Teaspoons Sesame Seed Oil

2 Scallions cut into pea-sized pieces including the green part


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Remove any tough parts off of the lily buds and the cloud ears and cut them in half lengthwise.
  2. Heat the chicken broth to a boil in a three-quart pot, add the first set of ingredients and simmer for about five minutes.
  3. Stir in the sauce mixture except for the egg and when it is gently boiling, Swirl in the beaten egg.
  4. Add the hot and sour mixture to a large serving bowl or soup tureen, and then pour in the soup.
  5. Stir gently and serve.


Hot and Sour Soup Alternate Version

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Provence

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    • jimmar profile image


      7 years ago from Michigan

      MMMM sounds good. I'll have to give it a try.

    • shai77 profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful recipe :-)

      Voted and rated.

    • kerlynb profile image


      8 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      This is one soup we always order at our fave Chinese restaurant in Manila's Binondo China town. I never knew it is quite easy to make! Might as well give this recipe a try. Thank you so much for sharing. Voting this useful as it really is.

    • s.foram profile image


      8 years ago from india

      This is my one of the most favorite soup. Thanks

    • profile image


      8 years ago from Franklin

      Yum yum--sounds delicious!!! Good work. Voted up!

    • picklesandrufus profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      nee to make a trip to Asian market...sounds great!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love Asian soups. Will definitely try this recipe!

    • Indian Chef profile image

      Indian Chef 

      8 years ago from New Delhi India

      I love all kind of Chinese soups. Of all Chinese two of my fav are Hot and Sour soup and Sweet corn soup. Very nice recipe.

    • rjsadowski profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      You can make it, but it is easier to buy it. Look in the yellow pages or on line. Most cities have a Chinese or Asian store where you can buy everything that you need and the prices are much lower.

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      8 years ago

      This is probably a good recipe but I don't know where to get the ingredients for it. I have never heard of bean curd. Is it something a person can make?


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