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How to Cook Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup is certainly an Asian food favorite.

This soup is almost always on your menu when you frequent your favorite Chinese restaurant, as well as other Asian restaurants.

How to Cook Hot & Sour Soup:

How to Cook Asian Chicken Stew - CookingWithKimberly.comType: Soup Recipe

Serve with: extra rice vinegar & chili oil
Prep Time: 12 min
Steep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 15 – 20 min
Yields: 6 cups



  1. In a medium bowl, mix & allow to stand for about 1/2 hr, wood ear or cloud ear dried mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, 2 cups hot water & capers. * Tip: If using fresh mushrooms, use double the amount & increase the water to 3 cups.
  2. In a small bowl, mix & stir, rice vinegar, cayenne pepper, soy sauce & 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch.
  3. To this mixture, add center cut pork chops cut into 1/4 inch wide strips, and coat.
  4. Remove mushrooms & capes from steeping liquid & reserve liquid.
  5. Strain liquid through a sieve or 2 layers of cheesecloth & reserve.
  6. Cut mushrooms into strips & halve capers. Discard any hard pieces.
  7. Pour reserved liquid into soup pot & add chicken stock.
  8. Bring to a boil & add mushrooms, capers & pork into a soup pot.
  9. Lower heat to a simmer for 3 min.
  10. Mix together, 4 tbsp water & 4 tbsp corn starch.
  11. Stir briskly as you add the cornstarch mixture to the soup.
  12. Add in drained & cubed tofu.
  13. Season with pepper to taste & adjust salt with soy sauce, if desired.
  14. Stir in 2 well beaten eggs. This will cook quickly.
  15. Remove from the heat, stir in sesame oil & garnish with scallion greens to serve.


  • Be sure to offer rice vinegar & chili oil to diners at the table.
  • Add cabbage or bok choy for additional nutrients & flavor.

This Hot & Sour Soup will knock your socks off, keep you healthy & warm this season.

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