Hot and Sour Soup - Easy Version

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a very simple and quick version of a hot and sour soup. It contains many less ingredients than a traditional hot and sour soup, but is great nevertheless.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine broth, tomato juice, soya sauce, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, red pepper, hot pepper sauce and pepper flakes.
  2. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  3. Add vinegar, green onion and chicken.
  4. Simmer for 1 minute longer.
  5. Combine cornstarch with 1/4 cup water; mix well and stir into soup.
  6. Simmer until mixture is slightly thickened.
  7. Slowly add beaten egg in a continuous stream while soup is boiling.
  8. Continue stirring until egg is cooked and looks like threads throughout the soup.
  9. Serve.


Most Helpful

I thought this was very good. And for the person who commented before, it does have the "sour". "3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar" That's the sour. This was a very good take on hot and sour soup. I thought the tomato juice was a little strange for it before I made it, but it turned out quite good. Thank you for this recipe. I will definitely make it again. ^_^

Kisskagome13 September 03, 2007

Giving this five stars before I make it because I know I can adjust the seasonings a bit if needed to deserve five stars. To make this closer to the hot and sour soup I am used to, I will use tofu cubes instead of chicken and will add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. It sounds delightful, thanks!

Heirloom Tomato August 29, 2013

Most Excellent!<br/>I had to adjust this recipe due to a last minute decision to make this and a few items missing in my pantry. I substituted red wine vinegar for the rice wine vinegar and chives from my garden for the green onions. I also didn't have any chicken so it was omitted.<br/>All the same, this turned out wonderfully with a great kick of spice and sourness! It will not disappoint! Thank you, Martha, for sharing the great recipe!

The Esquire May 31, 2013

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