Hot and Sour Cabbage Soup

"Original recipe from "" I simplified it a bit to what I had available. This is very tasty with generous servings. It is also really versatile. Add tofu, fresh mushrooms, or other vegetables to your taste."
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  • NOTE: One cup of seasoned rice vinegar is the same as 3/4 cup white rice vinegar plus 1/4 cup sugar plus 2 teaspoons salt. I used this substitution and it was great.
  • Spray a large soup pot with some cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. Add onion, and saute until soft.
  • Meanwhile, quarter your cabbage, remove the core, and shred the cabbage with a large chef’s knife. Add tomatoes, cabbage, undrained mushrooms, and broth to the pot and stir well.
  • Add the soy sauce, vinegar, chili flakes and salt. Bring to a boil, cover, then turn heat down to medium low. Simmer for 20 minutes or until cabbage is the desired tenderness.
  • Grind a lot of fresh black pepper over the top and serve.

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  1. I used more vinegar, red pepper and soy sauce than what was called for and added garlic because I found it quite bland initially. Otherwise, it was great. I used fresh tomatoes and dried mushrooms instead of canned and, therefore, had to use more liquid (I used chicken bone broth). I'd totally make this again, making the same changes.
  2. Absolutely delicious! Instead of canned straw mushrooms, I used white mushrooms. I also added celery sliced thin, garlic and shredded a carrot for even more substance. The soup base is fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!
  3. Easy and delicious!<br/>Couldn't find straw mushrooms so used regular canned mushrooms
  4. Great recipe as written but also a wonderful base for any additions.
  5. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. It is my go-to over chicken noodle soup. The zing in the broth is just amazing. I always add carrots and zuchinni to my recipe and it's just out favorite


  1. Add a bit more red pepper and lots more soy sauce and vinegar. Also, add lots of garlic. Use fresh tomatoes and mushrooms. (I used dried, wind mushrooms and, therefore, had to add more liquid.)


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