Recipe: Hot and Sour Soup

Learn how to make restaurant-style Hot and Sour Soup with this quick and easy recipe.  It’s easy to adapt to your personal taste preferences, and so delicious!

Hot and Sour Soup

Delicious hot and sour soup does not need to be complicated. This Hot and Sour Soup recipe is quick and easy to make, SO tasty and flavorful, and tastes just like the Chinese restaurant version! 

And today’s recipe is one that I’ve been meaning to share with you on the blog for years, after literally dozens and dozens of you have requested it. (apparently many of you usually opt for the hot and sour soup at your favorite Chinese restaurants and have wanted to learn how to make it!)

Well, good news, friends! Traditional hot and sour soup is actually incredibly easy to make as well. And the bonus of making it at home is that it’s also incredibly easy to customize to your taste. Like it extra hot? Add in more chili garlic sauce. Like it extra sour? Add in more rice wine vinegar. Like it vegetarian? Make it with tofu. Like the meat version? Just add in some chicken.

Trust me, this is one of those restaurant recipes that will taste just as good at home. And on chilly winter weeks like this one that we’re having here in Lahore, it’s guaranteed to warm you up in the most delicious of ways.

Really, traditional hot and sour soup is just a hotter and sour-er version of egg drop soup, with some mushrooms and chicken (or tofu) thrown in. Oh, and bamboo shoots. Although I’m not really a fan of those, so I left them out in the version above (and included instructions in the recipe for how to add them if you’d like).I highly recommend using shiitake mushrooms for this recipe if you want it to taste ultra-authentic. But if you can’t find any, baby bella or white button mushrooms will totally work too.

Winters’s most favorite mouth watering hot and sour soup, You can serve as appetizer to your guests in special dinner or lunch. Serve very hot to enjoy it’s real taste.

 Hot and Sour Soup with lots of veggies has a wonderful blend of hot and sour flavours, this is the perfect choice for a lazy winter evening. I love hot n sour soup especially if I have one of those really bad sinus or chest colds. Try this Hot and Sour Soup Recipe, and don’t forget your experience with us !!

Then just follow the instructions and bring everything to a simmer, drizzle in those eggs in a thin stream while stirring the soup (to create those pretty egg ribbons), and add in your cooked chicken (or tofu) and sesame oil and green onions at the end…

…and serve it up nice and warm, topped with extra green onions for garnish.

The whole thing usually comes together for me in just about 20-25 minutes, making it the perfect meal to warm you up quickly on a chilly day. I love serving it with my homemade fried rice recipe, or any kind of stir-fry that sounds good. And it always, always hits the spot.

Stay warm this week, everyone!

Easy Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
Photo: Easy Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Check it out the Easy Hot and Sour Soup Recipe here!!

Easy Hot and Sour Soup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author Bushrah | Recipestable


  • 2 cups boiled chicken cut into small chunks
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 chicken cube
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoon White vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2/3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 egg white
  • Salt according to taste



  • Heat oil in a large pot or saucepan.
  • Add carrots, bell peppers, corn and chicken. Saute for few minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Add chicken cube and stock and cook on medium to high heat .
  • Bring to a boil then add cabbage.
  • Add seasoning that is chili sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, black pepper and salt to taste.
  • Add egg white and then add corn starch paste slowly to monitor consistency.
  • Don’t overcook it as it will become thin if you keep on cooking.
  • Top with spring onions.Easy Hot and Sour Soup is ready to serve. ENJOY!!


Serving Suggestions:
Serve hot with bread-sticks.

I have also posted Chicken Corn Soup Recipe which is another easiest & tastiest version of making soup. Do check it out as well.

Put your own spin on it. And lemme know how it turns out. Post a photo on Facebook (Recipestable) or  on Twitter so I can see how lovely yours turn out.

Happy Cooking!!

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2 responses to “Recipe: Hot and Sour Soup”

  1. Hina Avatar

    In the beginning, rice wine vinegar was mentioned to make it sour but then in the recipe its white vinegar, which one of these makes it more like the ones u get from the restaurants? Love the recipe otherwise, i have been looking for a good one for years

    1. Bushrah Avatar

      sorry hina typing mistake, its white vinegar

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