Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup - Chinese Soup, Indian Style

For anyone who loves soups, there is one name, besides the famous Tomato Soup, which would surely go into their favourites for its unique smell, taste and flavor, and that is undoubtedly, the Hot and Sour Soup. This soy-sauce based chinese soup has the right blend of sourness and chili, providing a spicy kick which is offset by a bit of sugar that the recipe demands, and also the use of veggies and spring onions. Made of simple ingredients, this soup does not take a lot of your time, and is great for people suffering from cold. The use of pepper and ginger help in controlling appetite, and the taste is just too good for your tongue and will continue to linger in your mind even after you have finished the entire bowl!! I have indianised the traditional chinese recipe a bit to suit my palette, but basically, feel free to use your choice of vegetables so it works best for you.

2 tbsp Chili Sauce
11/2 tbsp Corn Flour / Corn Starch
1-1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tbsp Vinegar
2 tbsp Capsicum - chopped
2 tbsp Spring Onions - chopped
2 tbsp Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Carrots - chopped or grated
1/4 cup Cabbage - chopped finely
1/4 cup soft tofu or paneer - cut into small cubes (optional)
1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
1-1/2 tsp fresh grated Ginger
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
4 cups Water

Mix 4 cups of water, chili sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, salt, ginger and pepper powder and bring the mixture to a boil. Now add all the chopped vegetables into the soup, except tofu or paneer. Cook for a minute on medium heat. Dissolve corn starch in 1/2 cup water and add to the soup stirring constantly till it becomes thick. Cook again for a few mins then remove from flame. Add the cubed tofu or paneer and transfer to a serving bowl.

Garnish with some more green onion and serve hot!! This spicy tongue-tingler Hot ans Sout chinese-style soup is on its way to Holler's edition of Spicy Soups event!

Tip: This soup should be prepared just before serving as it tastes best when fresh; you can prepare the stock and keep, but boil it again and add the veggies before serving it, else you won't enjoy the same taste! You can also throw in peas, baby corn or other veggies of your choice.

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FH said...

Glad to see you, hope you enjoyed your break. We had a blast, shopped all 5 days!;D
I order this soup at the restaurant with Egg threads floating, yum! Looks great Mansi, warm soup for a cold day, slurp!!:)

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite soup, even higher than tomato soup!! and we used to visit a special restaurant in India just for their amazing hot and sour soup! you broght back beautiful memories!:)

thanks for this wonderful reicpe!


Mansi said...

Thanks Asha! we went to Yosemite too for the weekend and had a great time hiking and enjoying nature...just me and my hubby! nice to know you had a blact too!

Ajay - Many indians, including me have such fond memories as yours:) hope this reicpe helps capture some of the essence!


Anonymous said...

that's an easy recipe for a great soup! indian-chinese fusion can never go wrong!


musical said...

This used to be my favorite soup at Chun-Wah's in Bangalore :). Yummy!

Rina said...

Love this soup recipe mansi. Looks gr8

Shweta said...

Yummy! The soup looks great! So you went to Yosemite? We went to Mammoth and since Tioga Pass was open, we drove all the way to Yosemite! We might have crossed ways! :)

Dee said...

Hmm..Indian chinese food.
Very Nice!

I am amazed that you comes up with so many great recipes. Way to go!

Sagari said...

delecious soup mansi

Pravs said...

soup looks yummy ! But, but can i sneak in some chicken ?

Mansi said...

Glad I could share the recipe with you folks! I know it tastes great!!

pravs - you can sneak in anything that you like:) after all, it's for you, remember!

Shweta - we actually may have crossed paths! would have been fun to meet u:) the weather was not that chilly, and it was a clear sky; we hiked a lot, even saw the waterfalls, and a spectacular view from the Glacier point!

TBC said...

This is one of our fav soups. We always get this one from the Chinese place near our home. I'm bookmarking this one just like I bookmarked your tomato soup. I have no idea when I'm going to make all these recipes that I've been bookmarking.:)

Kribha said...

This is my fav too. I order it all the time in the chinese restaurants. I did find a recipe to try it but dropped the idea later as it was little complicated. This sounds delicious and easy will add it to my list Thanks for sharing.

Julius said...

I love all the great recipes you post on your blog!

I gotta try this one.

Julius from Occasional Baker

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Here's one more joining the "love this soup" brigade! I add a bit of noodles to the soup and its a one dish meal.

Sylvia said...

Mansi ,Iam impress, I dont like so much soup, just a little few, but,this soup is something ...sooo
gooooddd, love it

Amrita said...

Wow, gonna try this today

zlamushka said...


I love SUAN LA TANG (Chinese Style). I am so amazed you can come up with the vegetarian version of it looking so darn authentic.... Bookmarked!

laila said...

Hi Mansi,

I m new to this site.but i love cooking but dont know much to cook.
so tried this Hot and sour soup with sum chicken and eggs in it and it was great.

Mansi said...

zlamushka - thanks for the compliment:)

laila - I'm so glad you tried it! cooking is so much fun once you get to it, and that's precisely my aim in running this site:D I'm so happy it helped you cook something you enjoyed!

Anonymous said...

I tried this with just beans, spring onions and carrots and like it...thanks so much!

Supriya H