Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour soup


This is from the book ‘Chinese Vegetarian Delights’ by Kaushi Bhatia, my bible for Chinese cuisine. A very organized and comprehensive book which not only gives you good recipes but also explains terminology used in Chinese cuisine and a little about ingredients used. A beginner’s guide to Chinese cuisine. This soup is a favourite with my family.

Serves 4                                  Prep Time 20 mins                                       Cooking Time 20 mins


  • French beans (diced) – 1/4 cup
  • Spring onion (with tops ) – 2
  • Cabbage (shredded) – 1/4 cup (optional)
  • Carrot (diced) – 1/4 cup
  • Mushrooms (sliced) – 1/4 cup
  • Baby corn – 2-3 (optional)
  • Capsicum (diced) – 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1tbsp
  • Green Chillies – 2-3
  • Ginger (grated) – 1tsp
  • Garlic – 4-5 cloves
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Soya Sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 2 tbsp
  • Corn flour – 1tbsp
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Salt to taste


  1. String, wash and dice the French beans.
  2. Peel, wash and dice the carrots.
  3. Wash and shred (cut into thin strips) the cabbage and spring onions.
  4. Wash and slice the mushrooms.
  5. Wash and dice the capsicum and baby corn.
  6. Place the French beans and carrots in a microwave safe bowl add water and microwave on high (100%) for 5-6 mins.
  7. Wash and finely chop the coriander leaves, green chillies and garlic.
  8. Place a heavy bottomed pan on the stove and add oil. When it heats up add the grated ginger and the minced coriander-green chillies- garlic. Saute for a couple of mins.
  9. Add shredded spring onion, cabbage, capsicum, baby corn and mushrooms to this and saute on high for 2-3 mins.
  10. Add the microwaved veggies and the residual water.
  11. Add water, soya sauce and salt. Let in simmer for a few minutes.
  12. In a small bowl take the corn flour and add some cold water to make a smooth paste.
  13. Add this to the simmering soup and stir continuously to avoid any lumps.
  14. Once the soup has thickened take it off the flame.
  15. Add vinegar, mix and serve hot.

Tip : To make the soup more spicy add 1 tbsp of Green chilly sauce. Never boil the soup after adding vinegar.


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