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Homemade Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

This restaurant quality Hot and Sour Soup recipe will be your favorite! It is easy to make and is a soup with a delicious texture.

January 31, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 20 mins
Total 30 mins



Chicken Stock

  1. Add 7 cups of water to a large pot.
  2. Add chicken bones, 1 medium carrot, 1 onion, 1 scallion, and ginger. Cook the stock over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Remove the foam that has formed with the help of a wooden spoon.


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil.
  2. Add the chicken to the pot and sauté for a minute or until the meat turns white.
  3. Then add carrots, bell peppers, green onions, mushrooms and sauté for about a minute.
  4. Add cabbage, hot garlic sauce, Worcester sauce, soy sauce and cook for one minute.
  5. Pour the prepared chicken broth and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the chili sauce, sugar, white vinegar, white pepper, black pepper, and salt.
  7. Mix cornmeal with water in a bowl. Pour the cornmeal slurry into the soup and mix well.
  8. Slowly add the two eggs to the soup. Let it boil.
  9. Serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Hot and Sour Soup
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.8 g10%
Protein 17.3 g34.6%
Cholesterol 105 mg35%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
Potassium 622 mg13.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • You can adjust the bitter-sour flavor balance according to your own taste.
  • Add sugar to neutralize the sour taste.
  • You can also add a pinch of baking soda to this soup to neutralize the sour flavor.
  • Use lemon juice instead of vinegar. This will give you less acidity, and the sour flavor will not be very prominent.
  • To make the soup spicier, use chili oil, or add sautéed dry red chilies to the soup.
  • To prevent the soup from getting hotter, add white pepper and black pepper.
  • Add the eggs to the soup slowly.
  • If you want the soup to have a dark color, use dark soy sauce instead of light soy sauce. You can also use tamari instead of soy sauce.
  • For a vegan version of this homemade hot and sour soup, replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock. Also, use extra-firm tofu cubes instead of chicken pieces.
  • You can use any type of mushroom for this recipe. Moreover, you can also add more vegetables like peas, cauliflower, etc., to make this soup rich in vegetables and to give it your flair.
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Hot and Sour Soup is a popular Chinese dish. It's made with vegetables and eggs in a spicy broth with soy sauce and vinegar. It is usually prepared with pork. It can also be made with chicken, shrimp or beef.

This perfectly savory-sour soup is both hearty and healthy. You can make it vegan using tofu. If you like to try flavors from Asian cuisine, try this Hot and Sour Soup recipe. Adjust the spice balance of the soup to your own taste. Enjoy your meal.

What Is Hot And Sour Soup?

Hot and sour soup is a classic Chinese soup. The soup is said to have originated from Northern China. The soup offers a perfect balance of hot and sour flavors. The hot flavor comes from chilies, whereas the sour flavor comes from vinegar. This soup not just offers sour and spicy flavors but it is also a very healthy choice. The homemade chicken stock, plus the vegetables in it, offers many nutrients. This soup is particularly ideal for winter.

What To Serve With Hot And Sour Soup?

Although the soups taste just perfect without any side dish, you can turn it into a complete and wholesome meal by serving it with a few side dishes. Here are a few amazing ideas for you to try:

Dumplings: Dumplings are a classic Chinese dish made from pasta sheets. They are stuffed with either vegetables or meat. You can serve dumplings as a side with hot and sour soup.

Bread: Although bread goes well with French onion soup, when it comes to this classic Chinese hot and sour soup, you can serve it with bread and enjoy a bit of fusion. You can also serve it with croutons.

Crackers: Crackers are light, crispy, and tasteful. The crunch they give with hot and sour soup is very satisfying. Rice crackers are the perfect side with any Chinese dish.

Pickled Vegetables: You can also serve the soup with either fresh or pickled vegetables. The freshness of the vegetables and the richness of the soup are the right combination.

Here are our some delicious recipes that you can serve with Hot and Sour Soup:

How To Store Hot And Sour Soup?

You can store this soup in the refrigerator by putting it in an airtight container. It will last up to 4 days. You can also freeze this soup. Put in a suitable container in the freezer and cool. You can store it for up to a month. Before consuming, keep the soup you have frozen in the freezer in the refrigerator, and then reheat it on the stove.

You can also prepare hot and sour soup in advance. When preparing the soup in advance, be careful not to add cornstarch slurry and eggs. Prepare the base of the soup and then refrigerate it for up to 5 days. When you want to consume, reheat, add the slurry and eggs. Then serve it hot.

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