Hot and Sour Tofu Soup (Suan La Dofu Tang) Recipe -
Hot and Sour Tofu Soup (Suan La Dofu Tang) Recipe
  • READY IN 25 mins

Hot and Sour Tofu Soup (Suan La Dofu Tang)

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"Forget the complicated Cantonese Hot and Sour Soup with a million ingredients! This is an authentic central Chinese version that will warm your heart and your palate without sending you on a hunt for ingredients."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    25 mins


  1. Measure broth into a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add tofu and green onions. Slowly drizzle in the beaten egg to make long strands of egg. Add mushrooms and cabbage, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and season with chili sauce, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir in citric acid if using.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 09, 2004

Very nice recipe, but not anything like hot and sour soup - more similar to miso soup if anything. But highly recommended all the same.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 20, 2006

This is a very easy and quick soup recipe but tastes nothing like a traditional hot and sour soup. I will probably not make again.


38 Ratings

Feb 18, 2009

Such a delicious soup! I may never go out to Chinese food again! I did make a few modifications based on my personal preferences and what was available. I added some sesame oil while cooking because I've read that is the secret ingredient to asian foods in general. I garnished with sesame seeds. I left out the rice vinegar because I didn't have any (and because I like my soup a little less sour) and subbed lemon juice for citric acid. I threw in some chopped celery leaves because I like the flavor. I used the chili garlic paste (rooster on front, green lid), ~1 tbsp, and it was VERY HOT... will probably decrease that next time. But oh my, was it GOOD!!!

Jan 03, 2008

I made this recipe minus the mushrooms and cabbage and it was DELICIOUS!!! a few of my coworkers smelled it and asked for the recipe, i passed it on and got rave reviews from them as well!! SIMPLE and delicious, nice bit of zip!

Sep 17, 2006

The reviewer before me said that this soup was more like miso and I have to disagree with that. It's definitely hout and sour soup and I like the fact that all of these ingredients were easy to find (I live in a small town) and the soup was easy to make. i'm fighting a cold and that's why I chose this recipe. It definitely got the job done for me. It's a good "feel-better" hot and sour soup.

Dec 13, 2010

Delicious!! Be sure to add the chili paste and rice vinegar to taste. I also added miso paste and bits of dried seaweed (there's a better asian name for this) that I didn't know what to do with; not traditional, but great addition.

Sep 21, 2009

This is a good recipe! I felt quite healthy after eating. I modified it only a little bit. Instead of silken tofu I used firm, which was fine. I also thinly sliced two cloves of garlic and threw them in with the green onions. Drizzled 2 eggs instead of 1. Used 6 cups of water instead of 4, but only used 4 cups worth of veggie boullion. Finally, used red Thai curry paste, and low-sodium soy sauce. I'm unsure where the "sour" comes from - I used double the rice vinegar (love vinegar) and it wasn't really very sour at all. It was good though, with the extra water added and low-sodium soy, it was nicely balanced and not too salty at all.

Dec 29, 2008

Very good recipe, and just what the doctor ordered to cure my sore throat! I didn't have cabbage or mushrooms on hand, so skipped those. I also wanted to make it a little spicier so i added 1 TBSP Chinese-style Chili Garlic sauce, another 1 TBSP pureed fresh ginger root, and instead of the citric acid, I used 2 TBSP lime juice. Delicious!


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  • Calories
  • 256 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.5 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 5.8 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 21.2 g
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 2390 mg
  • 96%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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