When Justin from Marx Foods contacted me about participating in “A Chile & A Spoon” Blogger Recipe Challenge, I accepted immediately – I love a good challenge and I love anything with some spice. As I considered what to make Asian foods kept coming to mind. I am after all, still obsessed with all flavors Asian. So I turned to the Internet and determined the essential flavors and ingredients of a classic hot & sour soup.

This Chinese classic had phenomenal flavor. It is spicy from the chilies, sour from the vinegar and savory from the chicken broth and Asian sauces. The pork and meaty mushrooms take this soup from starter to meal, and it is definitely substantial enough for a meal.

Chinese Hot & Sour Soup - 4 servings

  • dried chilies (I used Japones Chilies, a medium heat Asian Chile)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 lb pork loin, thinly sliced into bite size pieces
  • 8 oz exotic mushrooms (mix of baby bella, oyster and shitake), sliced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 can bamboo sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, whisked together
  • green onions, thinly sliced

Soak chilies in boiling water for at least 30 minutes. Drain from water.

Heat oil in wok and when hot add pork, stirring frequently for about 3-4 minutes.

Prepare sauce: combine vinegars, fish and soy sauce and sesame oil.

Add mushrooms, ginger, bamboo sprouts and sauce to wok. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. Add chicken broth and chilies. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Prepare cornstarch: mix 1 tsp cornstarch with 2 tsp water. Add to soup mixture and  stir well.

Taste soup – at this point I added a touch of salt, pepper and 1 tsp of sriracha.

While stirring soup, pour eggs into wok. Divide into soup bowls.

Garnish with green onions and a chile pepper.

14 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh how delicious! I love seeing Asian soups that aren’t your run of the mill wonton or egg drop…and having some spice in there has to just make it incredible!


  2. Amy at TheSceneFromMe
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    I must admit, this looks intriguing!


  3. Anne P
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

    Yum! I was thinking of doing an Asian-inspired soup for the challenge, too. This looks great!


  4. Ally
    Nov 28, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

    This soup looks great! I love asian inspired soups. The flavors are the best! The only problem is they can get salty quick with the fish sauce, soy sauce and broth. My husband loves salt so I’m sure he’d eat this right up :)


    • Emily
      Nov 29, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

      That is a very good point – I always use low-sodium soy sauce and broth to help – and there is a very minimal amount of fish sauce. And would certainly be better than getting it from a restaurant!


  5. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    I almost always order a cup of hot and sour soup when I go to Chinese restaurants…It’s one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  6. Mo@MommyRD
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 8:53 am

    Oh, I haven’t had hot and sour soup in so long! This looks way better than getting takeout!


  7. Emily @ For Sweets Sake
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    I love hot and sour soup! One of my favs! But I have never tried making it before. Your recipe looks great :)


  8. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! Hot and Sour soup is my favorite winter soup and it’s my ultimate comfort food on a rainy day or just when I am having a bad day. Good luck in the challenge!


  9. Healthy Chocoholic
    Nov 29, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

    Wow that soup looks fabulous!!!!!!!!!! I might be making this soon!


  10. kate
    Nov 30, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    art LOVES hot and sour soup. i never thought about making it before……!


    • Emily
      Nov 30, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

      Maybe you should make it for him for Christmas! :)


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