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    The Best Hot & Sour Soup

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    30 mins

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    KLBoyle's Note:

    I love hot & sour soup and have spent a lot of time perfecting it. This is the absolute best! You can adjust the chile paste to make it as spicy as you like.

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    1. 1
      Reconstitute mushrooms in water according to package directions.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in wok or large pot.
    3. 3
      Add ginger, chile paste and pork, cook for about two minute.
    4. 4
      Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and mushrooms, cook for 1 minute.
    5. 5
      In a bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, salt, pepper and sugar and
    6. 6
      pour into wok.
    7. 7
      Add chicken stock, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minute.
    8. 8
      Add tofu and cook another 3-5 minute.
    9. 9
      Mix cornstarch and water and add to soup and cook until thickened.
    10. 10
      Stir soup in one direction to get current going then add beaten egg,
    11. 11
      it will look feathery.
    12. 12
      Garnish soup with green onion and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 12, 2009


      I also have experimented with a number of recipes. This one is tops. But NO hot & sour is complete without a teaspoon or two of sesame oil toward the end. You can use 3-4 fresh mushrooms instead of dried and chicken instead of pork. The recipe calls for "pepper"-- I used white pepper. Cube the tofu. Don't cut in strips. Holds up better. If you're going to serve the dish later, hold off on the egg and onions until you're ready reheat and serve.

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    • on December 13, 2008


      I made this last night and it was so delicious! I didn't have water chestnuts so added more bamboo shoots. I used less chicken stock, fresh mushrooms but everything else as listed. DH and I thought it was great! Do try this recipe.

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    • on December 11, 2008


      We enjoyed this soup for dinner tonight. A couple of things I'd change - there were too many dried mushrooms - 2 oz is about 4 cups dried, so I stopped at 3 cups and it still seemed like a lot; we'd have preferred some fresh mushrooms in it, too. And the ginger flavor was a little strong. Otherwise, it was a great soup; very spicy & yummy!

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    Nutritional Facts for The Best Hot & Sour Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (342 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 325.2
    Calories from Fat 135
    Total Fat 15.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.3 g
    Cholesterol 61.0 mg
    Sodium 1546.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 8.8 g
    Protein 20.4 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh ginger

    red chili paste

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