Vegan Hot and Sour Soup Recipe -
Vegan Hot and Sour Soup Recipe
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Vegan Hot and Sour Soup

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"Vegan version of the Asian restaurant staple. This soup has been a favorite at KZSU barbeques, and will be sure to please crowds at any potlatch. Any extra peas and peppers you may have will go well in this soup. Add near the end if you want to keep their crunch."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr


  1. In a small bowl, place wood mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and lily buds in 1 1/2 cups hot water. Soak 20 minutes, until rehydrated. Drain, reserving liquid. Trim stems from the mushrooms, and cut into thin strips. Cut the lily buds in half.
  2. In a separate small bowl, soak bamboo fungus in 1/4 cup lightly salted hot water. Soak about 20 minutes, until rehydrated. Drain, and mince.
  3. In a third small bowl, blend soy sauce, rice vinegar, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Place 1/2 the tofu strips into the mixture.
  4. In a medium saucepan, mix the reserved mushroom and lily bud liquid with the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, and stir in the wood mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and lily buds. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Season with red pepper, black pepper, and white pepper.
  5. In a small bowl, mix remaining cornstarch and remaining water. Stir into the broth mixture until thickened.
  6. Mix soy sauce mixture and remaining tofu strips into the saucepan. Return to boil, and stir in the bamboo fungus, chili oil, and sesame oil. Garnish with green onion to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 05, 2009

Very good recipe, as good or better than from a restaurant. I did not have wood ear or shitake and so I just sliced up some regular mushrooms... Also, like a few of the other reviewers, I did not use the bamboo fungus or lilly buds. I substituted bamboo shoots for the fungus, but found out afterwards that bamboo fungus is actually a type of mushroom that grows on bamboo. You can find it at an Asian grocery store - it is dried, looks like pasta noodles, and is called "long net stinkhorn". Also, if you did not already know, to make the soup "crackers" that are served in Chinese restaurant, get some wonton wrappers (I found mine in the frozen section of the Chinese grocery store) - these thaw quickly and are doughy shavings that fry up very quickly.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 28, 2012

great! not quite like restaraunt hot and sour soup, and i had to add extra soy sauce, but pretty good(:

Mar 10, 2009

Loved it. Really! Things I left out: wood ear mushrooms; tiger lily buds, bamboo fungus, tofu, white pepper, dried mushrooms, and chili oil. Things I added: entire package of shitake mushrooms (about 6 oz), a quarter cup of miso, about 6 oz thick Chinese noodles, Sriracha to taste, and some leftover water chestnuts. I think you could do almost anything with this recipe and it would work well... more veggies, add chicken (if you eat meat), etc.

Jan 21, 2009

I've made this several times now, and I think i've got it version is NOT vegan as I prefer to add a beaten egg at the end...I always add some bamboo shoots which I cut into strips, and the tofu I use is already cubed...I leave out some of the more exotic ingredients (no tiger lily buds or bamboo fungus) but I include everything else...this is a really yummy, cold weather type soup that I will make again and again

Jan 07, 2011

It tastes just like the restaurant version and the lady at the Asian market who assisted me told me this recipe is very traditional. The bamboo fungus is a MUST in this recipe and so is the white pepper. It does make all the difference. The bamboo fungus can be found in the dried mushroom section of the Asian market, because it's really a type of mushroom. You can find all the ingredients for this recipe at your local Asian Pacific market with assistance from those that work there. Will become a staple in our home.

Jan 23, 2006

This is a really neat recipe, thank you so much! I changed it a little bit; I couldn't find bamboo fungus, so I used chopped up bamboo shoots instead. I have never used rehydrated mushrooms before, so I was really excited about that. The texture came out just like the restaurant versions. The flavor is a little bit richer, I think, and less sweet... I don't think most restaurants use the mushroom stock, but I cannot imagine having thrown it away! Overall a great recipe, thanks again!

Jan 21, 2010

Best hot and sour recipe I've found yet! Might have been my broth, but I found 3 tbs of soy sauce to be 1 too many. Everything else was perfect. I think the white pepper is very important, so would not recommend leaving that out. Add sliced scallions before serving. Delicious.

Mar 03, 2011

This is FANTASTIC. I didn't even have half of the stuff the recipe called for, but I wanted hot & sour soup because I am sick with a stuffy nose. So I used what I had, following this basic recipe, and wow! It's so good! Here's what I used: tofu, tamari instead of soy, rice vinegar (lots of it), veggie broth, water, black pepper, chili flakes, sriracha and the cornstarch. Since I was sick and didn't feel like putting it all in different bowls, i just sort of dumped it all in the pan. It came out sooooo good and cleared my nose right up!


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  • Calories
  • 238 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 8.8 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 14.8 g
  • 59%
  • Protein
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 1152 mg
  • 46%

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

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