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hot and sour soup
Hot and Sour Soup
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Hot and sour soup is a thick peppery soup made with mushrooms, bamboo, tofu, pork or poultry and flavored with soy and rice vinegar.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Servings: 4 people
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 3 chicken thighs
  • 4 oz tofu
  • 6 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili pepper paste
  • 6 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 2 oz shiitake mushrooms , dried
  • 2 oz black mushrooms (or wood ear mushrooms), dried
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger , coarsely grated
  • 4 oz. bamboo shoots
  • 2 scallions , minced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro , chopped
  1. Soak the mushrooms in lukewarm water for 30 minutes to rehydrate them. Wash and drain.
  2. Cook the chicken in 6 cups 1,5 l) of salted boiling water over medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Drain the chicken and filter the broth using a fine colander. Let cool.

  3. Dice chicken, tofu, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in a portion of the cold stock and mix well.
  5. Bring the remaining stock to a boil.
  6. Add mushrooms, tofu, soy sauce and ginger, and cook on medium heat. Stir for 30 seconds and add the chicken.
  7. Stir well and add the rice vinegar, chili pepper paste, and sugar.
  8. While stirring, gradually add the diluted cornstarch mixture and cook for 1 minute.

  9. Add the beaten egg gently, stirring continuously for 1 minute.
  10. Finally add the freshly ground pepper and the sesame oil and stir well for 15 seconds.
  11. Turn off the heat and finish with scallion and cilantro.