10-minute Hot & Sour Soup

For when you need comfort food fast – this is hearty, flavour-packed chicken soup in just 10 minutes. It’s a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken and tofu – as well as that pesky half a carrot that always seems to be in the crisper!


10-minute Hot & Sour Soup

10 minutes

½ carrot*

6 cups chicken stock

1 cup (about 150g/5oz) cooked shredded chicken (left-over BBQ/rotisserie chicken is perfect)

200g (7oz) mixed mushrooms (e.g. shitake and enoki)

100g (3.5oz) firm tofu, sliced

100g (3.5oz) bamboo shoot strips

1 tsp ground black pepper

2 tsp dark soy sauce

¼ cup light soy sauce

¼ cup white vinegar

3 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch), mixed with 3 tbsp water

sea salt

finely chopped spring onion (scallions), to serve

  • Step 1

    Use a julienne peeler to shave thin strips of carrot into a saucepan.

  • Step 2

    To the carrot, add the chicken, mushrooms, tofu, bamboo shoots and chicken stock. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Add pepper, soy sauces and vinegar.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until mushrooms are just softened.

  • Step 3

    Add cornstarch mixture to the soup and stir.  Simmer for another 3 minutes to thicken. Taste the soup and adjust seasoning to your taste. Add salt, vinegar and pepper to your liking. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with spring onion.

  • Notes

    – Alternatively use pre-packaged carrot strips.

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What our customers say

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May 3, 2024

This soup was so amazing and easy!!! I will be making it all the time. It’s perfect as is but subbing Chinese black vinegar for the white vinegar is wonderful! White pepper does add a bit more heat. Marion never disappoints. She is wonderful and so is her recipes 😊

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Natalia UB

Best Hot & Sour Recipe!

April 22, 2024

I searched for quite some time to find a good recipe for hot & sour soup — and this one nailed it! Only thing I added was some ground white pepper… Thank you so much for sharing!

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It is delicious

January 24, 2024

It is one of my favourite recipe. Thanks for sharing with us.

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