Panda Express Copycat Hot and Sour Soup

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Wheres_the_Beef

This is a clear broth soup flavored with vinegar, white pepper, chili garlic sauce and sesame oil. It contains button mushrooms, sliced tofu and diced green onions. Make sure to use white ground pepper and the sesame oil. Black pepper doesn't give the same taste. Those are the "secret ingredients" that give the soup the unique taste.

Top Review by selena572

Sooooo gooood!!! I've made this about 20 times now and have made some changes but the original is perfect too. I use beef broth for a heartier taste, I also use an entire carton of mushrooms because they shrink a lot. I also use two eggs instead of one just to make it a little thicker. This has become a staple in my home with my bf always asking me to make some for him. It's even better the next day because the tofu has soaked up all the flavors of the broth!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring chicken broth to a simmer in a 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Add soy sauce, sliced button mushrooms, Chili Garlic Sauce and white pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine 3 Tbsp of cornstarch with 3 Tbsp of cold water in a cup. Stir until mixture is smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to hot soup and stir well. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes until soup is thickened.
  4. Beat egg in a cup until yolk and white are combined. Pour beaten egg slowly, in a fine stream, into soup. Stir soup slowly several times. Stop stirring and wait 30 seconds for egg to cook.
  5. Add tofu strips and green onions to soup. Stir well. Remove from heat.
  6. Add distilled white vinegar and sesame oil. Stir a few times and serve hot.

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