Hot and Sour Soup (Easy Version)

Thought I would post another pandemic recipe.  I call this the easy version because I had to change my normal recipe to accommodate the local grocery store. Traditional Hot and Sour soup calls for tree fungus, tofu and bamboo shoots I am omitting them in this recipe. My grocery does carry tofu but I really did not want to make a special trip to grab it. I wanted to make this using just things I had on hand. I don’t really like bamboo shoots so I almost always leave out anyway. This soup took about 20 minutes start to finish super easy and delicious. This recipe can be made with Chicken, Beef, or Tofu as protein alternatives to pork.

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5 from 1 vote

Hot and Sour Soup ( Easy Recipe )

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 people


  • 6 Cups Stock Beef, Chicken, Veggie or combination
  • 8 Ounces Boneless Pork chops Julienned
  • 1 Tsp White Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbls Siracha If you like it spicy add more
  • 6 Ounce Sliced Shittake Mushrooms
  • 2 Each Eggs Beaten well
  • 3 Tbls Corn Starch
  • 3 Tbls Cold Water
  • 1 Tbls Toasted Seasame Oil
  • 3 Each Scallions Chopped


  • In stock pot or enameled dutch oven heat sesame oil. Add julliened mushrooms and pork and sautee until pork just browned
  • Add stock, white pepper, soy sauce, vinegar, and siracha simmer until just about boiling
  • Make slurry with cold water and corn starch. Stream in while stirring soup
  • Bring just to boiling point so corn starch thickens the soup.
  • While stirring in a slow clockwise direction stream in the beaten eggs
  • Add scallions and serve


  1. This looks delicious -all I need are those shittake mushrooms and I can do it! I won’t miss any of the things you omitted either! Yum.

  2. Isabel you can easily substitute baby bella or white sliced mushrooms. Lynn made it yesterday and reported it was excellent. She found it took her a little more then 20 minutes but it was still very easy. I will be posting about the traditional french cuts but Julienned is typically 1/8″ thin slices. Lynn cut her pork a little too wide.

  3. 5 stars
    This soup is outstanding. Had it for lunch and dinner on two consecutive days! Will make again next week. And because of food availability issues, I did not have scallions, white pepper and fried wontons. Cannot wait to have all ingredients!

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