Victor's Recipes

Great Food, Fast and Easy

Hot and Sour Soup

A classic Chinese soup: spicy, sour and delicious.

Hot and Sour Soup


  • Wood ears - half a pack, soak in water at least 2 hours
  • Golden lily flower (get from Chinese grocery store)
  • Shittake mushrooms - one small box, can substitute any other mushrooms
  • Bamboo shoots - half can, drain water
  • 1/3 pound ground pork marinated in 1 tbs soy 1 tbs wine 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 2 32 oz containers chicken broth
  • 3 eggs, scrambled
  • 1-2 tbs diced garlic
  • 1-2 tbs diced/ground ginger
  • 6 diced scallions (3 for soup, 3 for garnish)
  • White pepper
  • 1/4 cup corn starch, mixed into 1 cup water

Seasoning mix

  • 10 tbs soy
  • 3 tbs wine
  • 4 tbs vinegar
  • 4 tbs chili paste


  • Heat a small amount of oil on medium/high heat
  • Add garlic, ginger, and half the scallions, wait for them to sizzle
  • Add pork and stir until cooked
  • Add chicken broth and remaining veggies (mushrooms, wood ears, lily flower and bamboo shoots)
  • When soup starts bubble, add seasoning mix
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low
  • Add 4 cups water (if changing size, keep a 1:2 ratio of water to broth)
  • Add a generous amount of white pepper to taste
  • Let simmer at least 5-10 mins
  • Add tofu
  • Add corn starch/water mix gradually to thicken. You may not need all of it
  • Turn off heat and immediately add eggs and gradually stir in
  • Let simmer another 5 mins
  • Garnish with scallions and serve