Chinese Hot and Sour Soup Lite

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Toropop

This recipe helped me with my diet and also helped me to stretch my dollar through the lean college years. It's an adaptation from another recipe for vegetarians and those pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

Top Review by Mgnbos

Yum! This came together easily and tastes great. Like the reviewer below I did not add in the egg yet as I expect I will be freezing some of this (the tofu pieces are likely to be enough for my husband not to try this). The 'hot' and 'sour' are in perfect proportions. EDIT - it is even better the next day!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Using an 8-qt dutch oven, bring 8 cups of fat-free chicken broth to a simmer.
  2. Add the soy sauce, mushrooms and chile paste and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the vinegar, julienned bamboo shoots, sliced water chestnuts, and tofu and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. In a separate container, mix the 3 Tbsp of cornstarch with the remaining 2 cups of broth.
  5. When cornstarch and broth are throughly combined, STIR in the cornstarch mixture into your hot soup (WARNING: Do this SLOWLY as the cornstarch has a tendency to"clump" once it makes contact with the hot soup).
  6. Bring back to simmer and then pour the Egg Beaters thinly over the soup to create an"egg drop soup" effect.

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