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Hunan Hot and Sour Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 6 min.
Total: 21 min.
A popular appetizer in Chinese restaurants, Hot and Sour Soup also makes a great meal in itself with the addition of peas, corn, carrots, cabbage and meaty shiitake mushrooms.


  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp gingerroot, minced
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbs tamari
  • 4 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb firm tofu, sliced into 1/4x1-inch (0.5x2.5cm) strips
  • 1 cup Napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup frozen corn
  • 2 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs mirin (Chinese cooking wine)
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbsp (45mL) cold water
  • 1 egg, well-beaten (optional)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


  • Bring stock to a boil over medium-high heat in a 21/2- to 3-quart (1.9 to 2.9L) saucepan. Add garlic, ginger, black pepper, and tamari. Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute.
  • Add mushrooms, tofu, cabbage, carrots, peas and corn. Stir and let simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in vinegar, mirin and cornstarch mixture. Continue cooking until soup is thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Remove soup from heat. Slowly pour in beaten egg and stir. Garnish with green onions or cilantro and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 258
  Calories from Fat 67 (26%)
(12%)Total Fat 8g
(9%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(24%)Cholesterol 72mg
(46%)Sodium 1094mg
(24%)Potassium 856mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
(12%)Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 11g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(36%)Protein 18g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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