Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

Hot and Sour Soup - BEST and EASIEST Chinese hot and sour soup recipe ever! Simple ingredients, takes 15 mins and a zillion times better than takeout! 

Course Soup
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Hot and Sour Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 99 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons corn starch + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 can 14.5 oz/411 g chicken broth (preferred) or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 oz soft tofu cut into strips
  • 6 oz white button mushroom stems trimmed and caps quartered
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Chinese vinegar, apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce for coloring purpose
  • 3 dashes ground white pepper or black pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallion, optional


  1. Add the corn starch and water together, stir to combine well. Set aside.

  2. Add the chicken or vegetable broth and water to a medium-sized soup pot on medium heat. Bring it to boil. Add the tofu and white button mushrooms, cook for 2 minutes. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, dark soy sauce, and black pepper. Stir to combine well. Add in the cornstarch mixture, stir continuously to thicken the soup. Turn off the heat.

  3. Swirl the beaten eggs into the soup, count to 10, and then use a pair of chopsticks to stir in a clockwise direction, for 3 times. This will form the silken egg threads in the soup that look very pretty. Add the chili oil and chopped scallions, if using. 

  4. Dish out and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you want to add some heat to the soup, you may add some chili oil or a few pinches of dried red chili flakes.

Nutrition Facts
Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1053mg 44%
Potassium 239mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 7.4%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.