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Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Chinese Hot And Sour Soup

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Cayenne Pepper, Fresno pepper, Jalapeno Pepper
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Setting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 265kcal


  • 1/2 cup pork strips
  • 1/2 cup cooked strips
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 red chili peppers add another for more heat
  • 1/2 cup mixed mushrooms you can also use dried shiitake and wood ear mushrooms
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 white cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 scallions
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • Extra water
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning


  • In a small bowl add the chosen meat or fish, Chinese 5 spice powder, and cornstarch. Mix well.
  • Add the sherry and combine until there are no lumps left in the cornstarch then set aside for 2 hours.
  • In the meantime chop the chilies finely and rehydrate your mushrooms (if using dried.)
  • Slice the mushrooms finely and add them with the chili to the marinading meats and stir.
  • Chop and add the lily buds (if you are using them), removing any tough parts.
  • Add the chicken broth to a large soup pan over medium heat.
  • Add the meat mixture and stir so they don’t stick together.
  • Allow to boil for 5 minutes then add the cabbage and any other vegetables you would like.
  • Add vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce, then stir to combine.
  • In a small dish combine white pepper, cornstarch, and a tablespoon of water until smooth.
  • Take some of the soup and mix with the cornstarch mixture to avoid lumps then pour back into the soup pot and stir constantly until thickened.
  • Bring the mix back to a high boil.
  • Whisk the egg in a separate dish.
  • Stir the soup so it is moving and slowly drizzle the egg into it without stirring, you want the egg to be cooked before stirring again.
  • Adjust the vinegar, salt, and pepper to suit your own taste.
  • Serve immediately - piping hot!


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 2586mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg