Chinese Hot-and-Sour Soup

60 mins (prep 45)
18 ingredients
makes 6 to 8 first-course servings
This authentic soup is essentially an ancient doctor's curative that combines the healing magic of chicken broth, the circulation-enhancing qualities of tree fungus and lily buds, and the antiseptic properties of vinegar. The heat isn't from chiles — it's actually from freshly ground white pepper. Bruce Cost prefers the flavor of Pearl River Bridge Golden Superior brand soy sauce for this dish and for the Sticky Rice with Chinese Sausage and Dried Scallops .

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  • 5 ounces boneless pork loin, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips (2/3 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce*
  • 4 small chinese dried black mushrooms*
  • 12 small dried tree ear mushrooms*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 dried lily buds* (sometimes called golden needles)
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced bamboo shoots*, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch-wide strips (from an 8-oz can)
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 oz firm tofu (about a quarter of a block), rinsed and drained, then cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons asian sesame oil*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced scallion greens
  • 2 tablespoons fresh whole cilantro leaves
  • *available at asian foods markets, uwajimaya (800-889-1928), and kam man food products inc. (212-571-0330).


Serving Size (35.15 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 66.33 Calories from Fat 44.64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.96g 45.75%
Saturated Fat 0.71g 21.26%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 388.71mg 97.18%
Total Carbohydrate 4.98g 9.96%
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g 4.82%
Sugars 1.41 g %
Protein 0.13g 1.51%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.38mg%
Calcium 3.68mg% Iron 0.1mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
boneless pork loin, dark soy sauce, dried black mushrooms, small, dried, dried, canned sliced bamboo shoots, light soy sauce, reduced-sodium chicken broth, firm tofu, large eggs, asian sesame oil, freshly ground white pepper, thinly sliced scallion, whole cilantro leaves, , asian