Hot and Sour Soup (Gluten Free)
Authentic Chinese gluten-free hot and sour soup with loads of vegetables, tofu, and an egg cooked in a rich chicken broth or vegetable broth. The flavor is enhanced by balsamic vinegar and a decent amount of ground black peppers.
It’s hot and it’s sour.
But it’s not mouth-burning hot and it’s not that kind of sour where you take a sip and you squeeze your eyes, nose, and mouth altogether.
Instead, this hot sour soup recipe I am about to share with you has a very balanced flavor. It’s another recipe I learned from my mom when I was visiting her in China. As long as you don’t hate vinegar, you’ll be able to enjoy it. I promise.
Both crunchiness and tenderness.
The crunchiness comes from certain vegetables like carrots and water bamboo shoots. Obviously, we don’t have that here in the States. At least I haven’t seen them. So we are gonna substitute with broccoli stems. (My genius mom came up with this idea. I hope you don’t throw away broccoli stems anymore after learning this recipe.)
Next, tofu and a beaten egg are going to bring the soup that hearty and comforting tenderness. Most importantly, there will be two types of mushrooms in the soup – shiitake, and enoki. To me, the mushroom texture is the third layer, somewhere in between the carrots and the tofu.
Vegetable broth, chicken broth, or even beef bone broth will all work as the soup base. It depends on what you have in the kitchen or your preference. You know I prefer homemade stuff.
Now, you’ve got the ingredients down. We are going to cut everything into thin matchsticks. Why? Why don’t we just dice the vegetables like we normally do for soup?
Because the hot sour soup is a quick one to make. We don’t simmer the vegetables for long. The actual cooking time is only 10 minutes. By cutting the vegetable thinly into strips, they’ll be easier to cook. Within the 10 minutes, the carrots and broccoli stems are not going to be melt-in-your-mouth tender, but they will be soft and still crunchy, which is exactly what we want. Other ingredients will be cooked almost instantly in the boiling broth.
After a holiday feast, give your stomach a break or cleanse by enjoying this hot sour soup the next day. Your taste buds will be happy too!
Hot and Sour Soup (Gluten Free)
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4–6 servings 1x
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Diet: Gluten Free
Authentic Chinese hot and sour soup with loads of vegetables, tofu and an egg cooked in a rich chicken broth or vegetable broth.
- 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup enoki mushrooms
- 1/2 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks
- 1/2 cup broccoli stems, cut into matchsticks (stems, not florets)
- 6 cups chicken bone broth
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1/4 (16-ounce) black extra firm tofu, cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Fresh cilantro leaves for garnishing
- Place shiitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, carrots, broccoli stems, and chicken bone broth or vegetable broth in a large saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
- Turn the heat to medium, and add vinegar, coconut aminos, and tofu. Gently stir.
- Slowly stir in the dissolved cornstarch in the soup. Keep stirring. The soup will start thickening. Add the beaten egg and immediately start stirring. Turn off the heat. The egg should break into very small pieces floating on the surface of the soup.
- Season the soup with 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper first. Taste and add more if desired. (I found that 3/4 teaspoon black pepper is perfect for my taste. But you can adjust the amount according to your preference.) Dish and garnish with cilantro. Serve warm.
If desired, you can add 2 sticks imitation crab meat in the soup. Add it with the tofu at step 2. Imitation crab meat contains wheat.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 153
- Sugar: 6g
- Sodium: 368.4mg
- Fat: 5.3g
- Carbohydrates: 15.9g
- Protein: 10.6g
- Cholesterol: 33.9mg
Keywords: hot and sour soup
What is the difference in chicken broth and chicken bone broth? I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it.
Hi Lois, a broth is a more translucent liquid that’s made primarily from meat scraps, such as chicken or beef. A stock is made by boiling bones, ligaments, and connective tissue in boiling water for roughly 3-4 hours. A bone broth is a stock because it’s made from boiling bones, ligaments, and connective tissue for extended periods of time, and it has a thicker texture. Bone broth is different from a normal stock because it’s simmered much longer—between 12 and 48 hours—to release as many nutrients as possible from the bones.
I explained the difference between stock, broth, and bone broth in detail in this article: https://www.streetsmartkitchen.com/bone-broth/ Hope you find it helpful.
Gluten free. Yummy recipe. Thank you for sharing
This is the best Chinese soup I’ve ever tried. The combination of spicy and sour is just amazing.
This looks delicious! Where do you usually get your enoki mushrooms? I would love to try this recipe out!
You can definitely find them in an Asian grocery store and many WholeFoods carry them too. Good luck on finding the enoki mushrooms. Hope you enjoy this recipe!
With the egg, it is not vegan.
You are totally right. My bad. It’s updated now. Thank you for pointing it out.
This meal looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
This. Looks. So. Good.