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Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup


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Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup


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Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

I used to love hot and sour soup, but the one kosher Chinese place by me does not do it right and so I have learned to make my own and come to realize how easy it is. Now you can make it as spicy or not as you like, this version is pretty spicy, decrease the chili sauce and add to taste if you don't want it to hot.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 40 min




  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water mixed with bouilion
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms of choice (I like shiitake)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and red chili paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 small can sliced bamboo shoots
  • 2 small can whole water chestnuts, chopped roughly
  • 1 can baby corn, cut into pieces
  • 1 pound soft tofu cut into small cubes
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • finely chopped fresh scallions


Bring water or broth to a simmer, add soy sauce, mushrooms& chile paste, simmer for 10 minutes.

Add pepper, vinegar, bamboo, baby corn, water chestnuts and tofu, simmer 10 min.  Mix cornstarch with 4 tbsp water and add.

Bring back to a simmer and pour the eggs in a very thin stream over the surface while stirring with a fork.

Let stand for 10 seconds before gently stirring in the sesame oil.

Serve with a garnish of chopped scallions.



Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

  • Calories: 198
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 1250mg
  • Total Carbs: 19g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 15g


About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




10 Responses to Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

  1. avatar says: jraphi

    I hate tofu. You can use chicken or beef instead.

  2. avatar says: Marla

    My husband loves hot and sour soup, but I never thought to try and make it myself. Question about the recipe: is the garlic and red chili paste a single Ingredient ? If so, is that product readily available with a hechsher? Thanks for this and all your great recipes

    • avatar says: mimi

      Lee Kum Kee makes a garlic red chili paste that’s OU. I just bought some and it’s a great product.

  3. I love hot and sour soup, but usually find it too hot. Love how you can adjust the heat!

  4. Never made hot and sour soup and home, but you inspired me to try.

  5. My husbands favorite thing in the whole world! Making this!

  6. I’ve never made hot and sour soup but I love it. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. avatar says: lirihm

    I love a good hot and sour soup. I’m always on the look out for the next best recipe. This was it. Thanks for this.

  8. avatar says: jillian

    looks great, but need an Israeli substitute for the chili paste! (thank you!)

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