Hot and Sour Soup
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 6 - 8 people
Soul warming Hot and Sour Soup with homemade Crispy Wontons. Perfect on a cool day or when you're feeling under the weather.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound pork loin, cut into 3-inch x ¼-inch strips
  • 8 cups good quality chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ¾ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 8 ounces bamboo shoots, julienned
  • 16 ounces firm tofu, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • 1 ounce (1/2 cup) enoki mushrooms, bottoms cuts
  • ¾ ounce (1/4 cup) wood ear mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • ¾ ounce (1/4 cup) shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • ¼ cup cornstarch dissolved in ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • green onions, chopped
  • 6 oz wonton wrappers
  • vegetable oil for frying
  1. Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook until browned, approximately 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain off any excess liquid.
  2. In a large pot, combine the broth, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and pepper.
  3. Add to the pot – the pork, tofu, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the soup, stirring constantly until the soup has thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return the soup to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  4. Stirring the soup in a circular motion, slowly drizzle in the beaten eggs. You want the eggs to form wispy strands, not clumps.
  5. Add salt if needed.
  6. Serve hot and garnish with sliced green onions and crispy wonton strips.
  7. Cut the wonton wrappers into ¼-inch strips. Be sure to pull all of the strips apart so they will not stick when frying.
  8. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add enough oil to cover ¼-inch of the bottom. Occasionally test by sprinkling a few drops of water in the oil, if it sizzles, the oil is hot enough. Just to be sure, I always like to use one tester wonton strip before adding the rest. The temperature should be approximately 375 degrees F.
  9. Add a handful of the wontons to the oil and begin to stir immediately. Gently splash some of the oil on the tops of the wontons to ensure that they are fully cooked. Once they start to turn a pale golden brown (about 1 minute), scoop them out using a spider or slotted spoon. Remember the wontons will continue to cook once out of the oil so pull them out before you think they are done.
  10. Serve with the Hot and Sour Soup.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 - 8
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