Celebrate Chinese New Year – Recipe 2 – Hot and Sour Soup

by ChilliPepperPete on January 23, 2012 · 0 comments

in Recipes

ChilliPepperPete has also sent us his recipe for a Hot and Sour Soup. this is one of his family favourtites, as with his other recipes, below is just a starting point.


  • 4 dried chinese mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons tree ears
  • 12 tiger lily buds
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 250g bean curd cut into 1/2 squares
  • can of bamboo shoots drained cut into small strips
  • 3 tblsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or honey
  • 3 tbls rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 6 facing heaven or chinese white for a milder soup.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 chopped spring onion.
  1. Soak the mushrooms to rehydrate in hot water for 1/2 an hour. Rinse the tree ears in cold water and also soak in hot water. Soak the tiger lily buds in another bowl of hot water also.
  2. Strain them all after haf an hour. keep a cupfull of the soaking lquid and cut the mushrooms stems and caps into this lengths. Cut the tree ears into small pieces and drain the tiger lily buds and cut off the hard nobs and pull each bud apart into 2 long shreds.
  3. Bring the veg stock to a boil in a large saucepan drop in the chopped mushrooms and tiger lily buds with the reserved soaking water of the mushrooms. Cover pan and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove cover and add the bean curd, bamboos shoots, soy sauce, sugar/honey, vinegar, pepper and chillis of choice and bring to the boil again.
  5. Lightly beat the egg and slowly pour into the soup stirring constantly. Stir in the sesame oil, sprinkle on the chopped onion and serve.

It seems a bit complicated but its mainly the preparation which takes the time.

Remember that you can always add more chilli if its not hot enough for your palate but you cant take it out if you overdo it.

Of course chilli sauce can be used for a different dimension or finely chopped chicken or beef fish or whatever takes your fancy.

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