How to Make Hot and Sour Soup

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • 4 tbsp. Chinese black vinegar or Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste
  • 1 eggs - beaten
  • 1-inch piece ginger - peeled and cut into thin discs
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarches
  • 12 dried black Chinese mushrooms - rehydrated in simmering water for 20 minutes
  • 1/2 lb. firm tofu - cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauces
  • 1 tsp. dark sesame oils
  • 3 tbsp. peanut or canola oil
  • 6 c. unsalted chicken broths
  • 1/4 lb. porks tenderloin - cut into short, thin ribbons
  • 1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 leeks - white parts only, split, rinsed carefully and sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - cut into short, thin ribbons
  • 1 package wonton skins
  • 2 tbsp. Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing)
  • Salt To Taste

How to Make Hot and Sour Soup. This soup really gets the appetite going with its twin punch of sour and hot! This recipe serves six people.

Step 1

Press the moisture out of the tofu. Wrap it in paper towels, place it between two plates, and put something heavy, like a cast-iron skillet or a few big cans, on top. Allow the moisture to drain for half an hour.

Step 2

Heat the peanut or canola oil in a deep saucepan over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Cut the wonton skins in half and fry them, a few at a time, until golden. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Step 4

Bring the broth, chicken, pork, leeks, wine, ginger and soy sauce to a boil in a large pot. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, then remove the ginger.

Step 5

Drain the mushrooms and cut them into thin ribbons.

Step 6

Mix the cornstarch with 1/4 c. water until it is completely dissolved.

Step 7

Slice the tofu into thin sticks and add it with the mushrooms to the broth.

Step 8

Bring the broth back to a boil and slowly stir in enough of the cornstarch mixture to thicken the broth to your preference.

Step 9

Add the vinegar, pepper, sesame oil and salt.

Step 10

While stirring the pot, add the egg in a thin stream, so that it forms ribbons in the soup.

Step 11

Taste for seasoning and make additions according to your preference.

Step 12

Serve immediately, garnished with the fried wonton skins.


  • You can substitute dry sherry for the Chinese rice wine.