Madame Wong's Hot and Sour Soup

"I love Madame Wong's Long-Life Chinese Cookbook and this is another one of her great recipes. The work is all in the beginning...getting the ingredients sliced and diced, but it's all worth the effort. I think you'll like this soup. Serve it on a cold, winter night, early or late, your family will love you."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Put mushrooms and fungus into separate bowls.
  • Cover each with boiling water.
  • Let soak 3-4 hours, or overnight (to be honest, I let them soak about 15 minutes but I'm writing the recipe the way Madame Wong wrote it).
  • Remove stems from mushrooms.
  • Remove woody parts from fungus.
  • Separately cut mushroms, fungus, pork and bamboo shoots to fine julienne.
  • Mix pork with salt and cornstarch in a bowl.
  • Heat wok and add a dash of oil, stir-fry pork until color changes.
  • Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large pot.
  • Add mushrooms, fungus, pork and bamboo shoots.
  • Stir constantly.
  • Add soy sauce, pepper, and vinegar.
  • Thicken with dissolved cornstarch, stirring constantly over moderate heat.
  • Add bean curd, bring to a boil.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Add beaten eggs.
  • Stir quickly 30 seconds.
  • Add sesame oil.
  • Garnish with scallions and serve hot.
  • Note: add more vinegar and pepper if a spicier taste is desired.
  • Note#2: This can be prepared in advanced up to adding the bamboo shoots, or frozen after adding the soy sauce, pepper, vineagar and thickening with the cornstarch.
  • Bring to room temperature and complete.

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  1. I made this as describeed. And it was wonderful. Unofrtuanately I allowed my youngest daughter to express an opinonn on my effors [adopted at 7 from Nothern China] and clearly it was not spicy enough for her. A tablespoon of chili-garlic sauce solved that problem. She has already reserved her portion for breakfast and lunch. Thank you so much. This is the first time I have been able to create a H&S Soup that met her approval. Too_Tired
  2. great stuff. Hot and Sour is our favourite Chinese soup. We like it a little more sour than this recipe and I made up the difference with lemon juice rather than vinegar.
  3. We enjoyed this dish, although it is not something I would make on a regular basis. After original tasting we added more white pepper and more vinegar to our tastes. Would make again
  4. Great soup!! I run out of white pepper and I used some Cayenne instead. It made just a little hotter. My DD and I loved it. Thank you Hey Jude.
  5. Hot and Sour is one of my favorite soups, and this recipe was great!My DD does'nt really care for Hot and Sour, and she liked this.Followed it exactly, except for adding a tad more rice wine vinegar, and some dried red pepper flakes. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.


  1. Great soup!! I run out of white pepper and I used some Cayenne instead. It made just a little hotter. My DD and I loved it. Thank you Hey Jude.



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