Hot & Sour Soup

Lean how to make easy and quick Asian hot & sour soup in just 20 minutes, with no strange ingredients and fantastic flavor. 

Hot & Sour Soup |
Spicy Asian hot and sour soup in the comfort of my own kitchen, fuzzy slippers, and messy bun. THIS is the life. As perviously mentioned about 927 times on this blog, I used to work at a Chinese restaurant (thank you Joy Luck for the good times and the college savings). After a busy shift or between doubles on the weekends I’d almost always grab a big bowl of hot and sour soup with a side of cream cheese wontons to help me power through.

Hot & Sour Soup |

Now that we’ve moved a couple of towns away from my old stomping grounds, it’s a huge time saver to be able to make one of my favorite Asian soups at home. It’s SO easy to bring this soup to fruition with extremely simple ingredients like water-packed tofu, canned bamboo shoots (or fresh if your market carries it!), broth and soy sauce, and Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs. These lightly dried herbs are carefully dried  through a process that preserves the oils in the herbs which allows them to last for weeks in the fridge. The flavor is straight-up amazing and they make it so easy and convenient to add fresh herb flavors to your cooking, and in this case, our hot and sour soup.

Hot & Sour Soup |

This classic is easy to whip up on your stove top and ready to eat in just 20 minutes. It serves 3-4 people as a main dish, or 6 as a side dish to your favorite fake-out-take-out meals. Put this tasty soup on your menu for the week, you will  not regret it my friends. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $50 Walmart gift card and $15 worth of tasty Gourmet Garden Products – all you have to do is comment below telling me what your favorite herb to cook with is!

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Hot & Sour Soup

Learn how to make easy and quick Asian hot & sour soup in just 20 minutes, with no strange ingredients and fantastic flavor.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Asian
Keyword soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany


  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 14-ounce package water-packed extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bamboo shoots (usually found canned), cut into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Cilantro (or Lightly Dried Chives)
  • 4 tablespoons cold water + 3 tablespoons corn starch


  • Chop tofu into cubes and set aside.
  • In a large pot combine broth, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Stir in tofu, mushrooms, and bamboo shoots and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Stir together cold water and corn starch until dissolved. Pour into pot and stir until soup thickens. Cook 5-10 minutes longer. Garnish with dried cilantro or chives and serve immediately.

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I use a lot of parsley! It is so good in a lot of dishes. We grow a big patch of it in the yard with our other veggies and herbs so we never run out!

My favorite herb to cook with is thyme! I love the flavor it adds especially to chicken and mushrooms.

My favorite herb to cook with is basil.

I absolutely love cilantro although finding flavorful cilantro in the grocery stores is not easy. I might try growing some in a pot this year so it doesn’t take over my garden.

I like cooking with basil.

This soup looks good and I just love how quickly you can put it all together! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

I like to cook with cilantro and basil the most out of the herbs.

I love using fresh basil. I especially like to make pistachio pesto with it. Let me know if you want the secret recipe.

5 stars
My favorite is fennel! I love fennel, and my fav way to use it is to grind it in a mortar and pestle with a little sugar. It goes good with so many things, especially meats and tomato sauce. Also in sweets!

I love to cook with chives and basil

i love cooking with cilantro

I love cooking with fresh basil, which I grow in my kitchen and my second favorite is fresh thyme. Thanks for the giveaway!

My favorite herb is thyme, especially with chicken. Sometimes I like to add lemon zest with the thyme.

This soup looks amazing, I will definitely have to try it!

Cilantro, hands down 🙂

I love to cook with Cilantro. It adds such a wonderful flavor to Tex-Mex style dishes.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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This soup looks soooo yummy!!! Pinned!! My favorite herb to cook with is dry sage!! Thyme comes in a close second 😉

My favorite herb is rosemary, especially in spaghetti sauce or on chicken.

I love rosemary especially on chicken and potatoes.

I like to cook with basil.

Hmmmm, can’t decide if Basil or rosemary is my favorite. Can I have 2 favorites ? 😊

I love hot and sour soup and look forward to giving this recipe a try. My favorite herb to cook with is thyme because it goes with so many things however coriander runs a close second. Will let you know how the recipe comes out.

3 stars
My favorite herb is tarragon.

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