Hot and Sour Soup

Add spice to your life on a rainy day by making Hot and Sour Soup to warm you up! Hot and Sour Soup can be made a variety of ways by changing simple ingredients or adding your own flare! This recipe serves 4.


You will need:
  • 4 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked, deveined, peeled medium shrimp
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced bamboo shoots
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 ounces diced tofu
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 Birdseye chili sliced length wise or diced


  1. Slice shrimp in halves lengthwise.

  2. In a 2 quart saucepan, add chicken broth, soy sauce, mushrooms, and garlic. Bring to simmer and let continue simmering for five minutes.

  3. Add bamboo shoots, white pepper, tofu, and vinegar. Optional: Add half Birdseye chili to taste, and save remaining half for garnish. Let simmer for another five minutes.

  4. Add shrimp halves. Simmer another 3 minutes.

  5. Slowly add beaten eggs to soup, stirring in same direction several times to let egg cook.

  6. Remove from heat, garnish with remaining Birdseye chili and serve immediately.


  • Substitute water for low–salt chicken broth.
  • Substitute chili flakes or your favorite chili seasoning for Birdseye chili. Add to taste.
  • Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste.
  • For heartier meal, add cooked noodles.
  • For vegetarian soup, do not add shrimp.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  • Disregard beaten egg.
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