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hot sour soupHot and Sour Soup is a popular Chinese soup recipe, and is served in most the Chinese restaurants in the Caribbean. Hot and sour soup is presumed to be good recipe for colds. To increase the recipe health benefits, feel free to add 2 or 3 teaspoons of finely chopped ginger.

For a vegetarian version of Hot and Sour Soup, leave out the pork.

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 Chinese mushrooms (dried)
  • ½ cup bamboo shoots
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons seasame seed oil
  • 2 squares (3″) bean curd
  • ¼ lb. teaspoon pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

How to Make Hot and Sour Soup:

Soak mushrooms in warm water for 30 minutes. Drain and chop into strips. Drain bamboo shoots and bean curd, rinse in cold water and chop like mushrooms. Trim pork off all fat and chop into very this pieces 2″ long. Then in saucepan combine stock, salt, soy sauce, mushrooms, bamboo shoots and pork.

Bring to a boil over high heat for 3 minutes. Drop in bean curd and pepper and vinegar. Bring to a boil again. Combine cornstarch with cold water and pour into soup. Stir for a few seconds until sop thickens. Then stir in beaten egg stirring gently all the time. Remove soup from heat stir in sesame-seed oil and sprinkle top with chopped green onions. Serve at once.

Recipe by:Yolande Cools-Lartigue author of The Art of Caribbean Cooking.

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