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Hot and Sour Soup

Posted on June 21, 2021 | No Comments on Hot and Sour Soup

Asian flavors are always close to our hearts – none more so than this hearty bowl.  Kaffir lime leaves add that sour flavor and are available in specialty shops like Spices and Flavours at Market! Market!.  If you can’t find it, replace with calamansi juice to spice up the sour flavors.

Yield: 6 portions


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup ginger, finely sliced into strips
  • 1 piece large onion, chopped
  • 4 pieces chili peppers
  • 3 pieces lemongrass stalks, white parts and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup thai fish sauce
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 6 pieces kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 1 piece tofu
  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • white pepper


  1. Heat 2 tablesppons oil in soup pot.
  2. Add mushrooms and saute for about 6 minutes. Set aside mushrooms when done.
  3. Add remaining oil and saute giner, onion, chili, and lemongrass.  Cook until soft for about 6 minutes
  4. Add fish sauce and vegetable sock, lime leaves and anise.  Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until stock reduces by one-fourth.
  5. Strain stock then return to pot.  Add shiitake, vinegar, basil and tofu.
  6. Adjust seasoning and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

  • Calories (kcal)138
  • Carbohydrates (g) 6
  • Protein (g) 4
  • Fat (g) 11

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