Low Sodium Hot & Sour Soup

READY IN: 40mins




  • Cut chicken breast into uniform, thin strips. Pan cook until the bottom changes color from pink to pale tan color, then flip the pieces over. When there is no sign of pink color, remove from pan and set aside. IMPORTANT: don't cook as much as you'd cook a chicken breast you might eat by itself: heating the soup will continue to cook the chicken, resulting in tough, overcooked chicken in your soup.
  • Dissolve tamarind paste by heating with an ounce of the chicken stock. (microwave is a good way to do this). Remove any seeds from melted paste, since they're inedible.
  • Bring stock to boil. Add tamarind/stock mixture, Chinkiang vinegar, pepper, chili pepper, fenugreek, cardamom, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and spinach; SAVE LIQUID FROM BAMBOO SHOOTS. Stir. Let cook for 3 minutes.
  • While cooking, in separate bowl combine cornstarch or flour and liquid from the previous step to make a slurry. Add slurry a little at a time and stir until thick (all slurry may not be necessary, so add as much as necessary for desired thickness).
  • Add eggs while stirring and cook for 30 seconds or until eggs are done. Add green onions and chicken.
  • Cut tofu into strips that are about 1/4" x 1/4" x however thick the tofu brick is.
  • Remove from heat. Add rice vinegar and tofu and blend thoroughly.
  • Serve with crispy fried won tons if desired.