Hot & Sour Soup

Hot & Sour Soup

This classic soup is a popular Chinese takeaway dish and takes just minutes to prepare (after your black fungus / shitake mushrooms are rehydrated).  The heat is provided by hot bean sauce and the soup is given a sour hint with the addition of Chinese black vinegar.  If desired, the soup can be finished with a little chilli oil for added colour.

Hot & Sour Soup
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Takeaway, Chinese Takeaway
Keyword: chinese, Soup, hot, sour, hot & sour
Servings: 1 portion
  • 1 pinch dried black fungus
  • 1 dried shitake mushroom
  • 1 egg
  • Dash sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic & ginger paste
  • 400 ml light chicken stock
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch msg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • Dash dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot bean sauce Yeo's brand
  • 1 handful cooked char siu pork sliced, see recipe notes
  • 1 small handful bamboo shoots sliced
  • 1/2 small carrot thinly sliced
  • Pinch white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 spring onion sliced
  1. First, prepare the dried fungus and shitake mushroom. Place the fungus and shitake mushroom in a bowl, cover with warm (not boiling) water and set aside for 20-30 minutes. Rinse & drain, finely slice & set aside.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the egg, sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of water. Set aside.

  3. Heat a wok or soup pot over a medium heat. Add the garlic & ginger paste and warm through for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, salt, msg, sugar, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce & chilli bean sauce.

  4. Add the prepared fungus & shitake mushroom. Add the cooked pork, bamboo shoots & sliced carrot. Bring to the boil & simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the white pepper & black vinegar and mix well.

  5. In a bowl, combine the potato starch and 2 tablespoons of water and mix well. Add slowly to the simmering soup, mixing well. Add as much as needed to achieve the thickness / consistency you prefer.

  6. Slowly drizzle the egg mix into the soup (only around half of the egg mix will be needed). Allow the egg to sit in the soup for 20-30 seconds before stirring gently to create the classic 'egg drop' ribbon effect in the soup.

  7. Add the sliced spring onions, ladle the soup into a serving bowl and serve.

Recipe Notes

Hot & sour soup typically comes with a selection of meats including chicken, pork & shrimp from Chinese takeaways.  This recipe uses cooked char-siu pork but you can, of course, use whichever selection of meats you prefer.  If using raw meat, cut the meat into small pieces in order to ensure that it cooks quickly and simmer for an extra 1-2 minutes in the soup until fully cooked.

If you like this hot & sour soup recipe, you might be interested in buying my book: The Chinese Takeaway Secret is packed full of over 120 takeaway & fast-food recipes and is available to buy in kindle or paperback form here.

1 thought on “Hot & Sour Soup

  1. Looks ace. Went to buy book but paperback sold out and no date for a restock, thanks again for the recipe.

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