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Easy Hot and Sour Soup

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Don't let the amount of ingredients fool you- this is easy to make.

The recipe is a slightly modified version of a Cook's Illustrated recipe, this hot and sour soup can be made even if you don't have access to an Asian grocer. I've served it at many events, to those who love Chinese food and those who don't, and it's always popular. I've put in where you can use specific Asian ingredients if you can get them (marked by an asterisk)


  • 10 dried shiitake mushrooms, or other mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry (*substitute Shaoxing wine if you can get)
  • 2 tablespoon Asian sesame oil (make sure it's the dark/toasted looking kind)
  • 1/3 coup cool water
  • 1 boneless center-cut portk chop (about 4 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (*substitute black vinegar if you can get)
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots, cut into julienne strips
  • 1/2 pound firm tofu, drained and cut into thin strips
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 coup plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper (if you can't find just use more black pepper)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 small tin of sliced water chestnuts (optional)
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    1. If using dried shiitake mushrooms, soak in the hot water until softened (takes about 15 mins). Slice the mushrooms into 1/8 inch strips, put mushroom soaking water into the pot. If you don't use dried shittake mushrooms, add about a coup of water to the soup to compensate for this mushroom infused water.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together: all the sherry, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
    3. Slice the pork against the grain into thin strips, place in the bowl with the sherry and other ingredients, mix together and set aside.
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    Heather C. 3 years ago
    I love hot and sour soup and have tried many different recipes and none have met my standards until this one. Go easy on the white pepper though, otherwise it's spicy as heck.
    Martha F. 4 years ago
    Delicious. almost like my favorite Chinese restaurant. good consistency I would add a little less white pepper and some chile pepper if you like it spicy