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Hot and Sour Soup

with Pork, Tofu and Mushrooms
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Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup - A spicy classic soup from China—great as a starter or as a full meal

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Nutritional values

Finally a soup that does not use dairy products! This means that soup lovers for whom milk protein (allergy) and lactose (lactose intolerance) are problematic can also have access.

Vegetarians leave out the pork and use a little more tofu and egg instead. If you want to get fed up with the soup, add some boiled rice or pre-cooked Chinese noodles (also: wok noodles).

1 serving contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie230 kcal(11 %)
Protein24 g(24 %)
Fat11 g(9 %)
Carbohydrates8 g(5 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage2.5 g(8 %)
Vitamin A0.2 mg(25 %)
Vitamin D1.4 μg(7 %)
Vitamin E1.4 mg(12 %)
Vitamin B₁0.3 mg(30 %)
Vitamin B₂0.3 mg(27 %)
Niacin7.2 mg(60 %)
Vitamin B₆0.3 mg(21 %)
Folate83 μg(28 %)
Pantothenic acid1.4 mg(23 %)
Biotin18.2 μg(40 %)
Vitamin B₁₂1.2 μg(40 %)
Vitamin C8 mg(8 %)
Potassium557 mg(14 %)
Calcium168 mg(17 %)
Magnesium55 mg(18 %)
Iron3.5 mg(23 %)
Iodine10 μg(5 %)
Zinc1.9 mg(24 %)
Saturated fatty acids2.6 g
Uric acid142 mg
Cholesterol146 mg
Development of this recipe:


1 ounce dried Wood Ear Mushrooms
4 ounces lean Pork (from the shoulder)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Chile oil
7 ounces firm Tofu
9 ounces Bamboo shoots (canned, sliced)
1 bunch scallions
1 ¼ quarts Chicken broth
1 tablespoon Rice wine (or dry sherry or black tea)
2 eggs
6 tablespoons Rice vinegar
crushed Szechuan pepper
crushed white peppers
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Kitchen utensils

1 Pot, 1 Small bowl, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Cutting board, 1 Large knife, 1 Small knife, 1 Tablespoon, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Wooden spoon, 1 Sieve, 1 Can opener, 1 Fork, 1 Bowl

Preparation steps

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 1

Heat a small amount of water. Soak the mushrooms for about 30 minutes in lukewarm water.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 2

Pat the pork dry and cut into 5mm (approximately 1/4-inch) cubes. Mix pork with 2 teaspoons soy sauce and chile oil and set aside to marinate.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 3

Cut tofu into strips 5 cm in length and 5 mm in thickness (approximately 2 inches long x 1/4 inch). Drain the bamboo shoots. Rinse scallions and cut into very thin slices.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 4

Drain mushrooms and cut into very thin strips. Place mushroom strips and chicken stock in a pot and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 5

Reduce heat, add the pork and simmer for 25 minutes.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 6

Add bamboo shoots, remaining soy sauce and rice wine. Simmer 5 minutes.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 7

Whisk the eggs. Slowly pour eggs into the simmering soup while stirring. Add tofu and cook until heated through.

Hot and Sour Soup preparation step 8

Remove soup from the heat and season with vinegar, Szechuan pepper and white pepper to taste. Portion into bowls. Garnish with scallions. Serve.