Hot & Sour Soup (For Colds & Flu)

Total Time
Prep 7 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is Rosemary Stanton's recipe for this style of soup. I have been using this for years and, like her, swear by it. I love mine strong on garlic & chilli so adjust if necessary. Australian measurements used.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat sesame oil and cook chilli, ginger and lemon grass for a couple of minutes over a gentle heat.
  2. Add garlic, stock and lime leaves and bring to the boil.
  3. Add chicken breast (or prawns), spinach and capsicum and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  4. To serve: Stir in lime juice, fish sauce and tofu (if used) and serve at once.
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I made this recipe exactly as written with no deviations. What a wonderful soup! The flavor is quite pleasing and by making this yourself you can control the heat quite nicely. This beats any hot and sour soup that I have had in a restaurant to date. I would not change a single thing about this recipe. Great flavor, easy to make, inexpensive and very satisfying. Made for AZ Swap #22.

Brandess November 26, 2008