Typically Hot and Sour Soup has its origins in the Asian cuisine. It is usually spicy and sour. I later came to know that the sourness was because of vinegar and spice was from chilli sauce. I remember having tasted this kind of a soup in some vegan restaurant few years ago. I remember that the soup was watery and had lots of vegetables and tofu, was tangy and spicy too. After reading through some recipes and I came up with this combination which truly warmed us on a rainy and muggy evening!

Inspiration came from S who reminded me of this soup and as a natural instinct I added cornstarch to slightly thicken the soup. I have prepared this soup a few times now and I have come to understand that the chilli sauce must be used judiciously. The first time I made this soup, it was way too spicy for me while S had a field time slurping the soup all for himself. So the next time I prepared I made sure I reduced the chilli sauce which saw me finishing the soup faster !!

Note - I have learnt that consuming Apple Cider Vinegar in a diluted form is recommended in some weight-loss clinics.

Hot and Sour Soup

Ingredients - 

Cabbage shredded 1 cup
Carrots julienned 3/4 cup
Beans french cut 1/2 cup
Vegetable Stock 4 cups (I used plain water)
Cornstarch 2 Tbsp
Soy sauce 2 Tbsp
Chilli Sauce (I used Sriracha brand) 1/4 tsp (or as needed)
Vinegar (I used Apple Cider Vinegar) 2 Tbsp
Salt as needed
Pepper as needed
Sugar 1 tsp
Ginger julienned as needed (I didn't add)
Garnish with chopped Spring Onions (I didn't use as I didn't have it!)

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated sauce pan, pour the vegetable stock (or just plain water) adding soy sauce, chilli sauce and vinegar.

Add all the vegetables and let them cook al dente. Make sure they retain the bite and are not soft and mushy! It would approximately take about 10-12 minutes.

Sprinkle in the required salt, pepper, ginger, sugar and simmer.

In a small bowl, add cornstarch to 5 tablespoons of water to make a lump free paste and add this paste to the simmering soup while continuously stirring to avoid lumps in the soup.

Remove from fire and garnish with chopped spring onions. I had to make do with coriander leaves this time around!!

Preparation Time 20 min 
Serves 3-4 
Posted by Harini on Thursday, September 8, 2011


  1. soujiart Says:
  2. I love veg soup....this looks absolute delicious!!!

  3. Sumee Says:
  4. My fav soup... You recipe looks so simple..

  5. refreshing and healthy soup.

  6. Aarthi Says:
  7. I love this soup..That looks really delicious...Yummy...I would love to try this..


  8. Ramya Says:
  9. this is my fave soup..love it on cold or rainy evenings

  10. Very comforting soup. Excellent preparation.

  11. healthy and delicious soup

  12. Prabha Mani Says:
  13. Wow..Soups luks very Delicious!!Just loved it :)

  14. divya Says:
  15. Looks very tempting.

  16. Sobha Shyam Says:
  17. absolutely delicious soup, lovely recipe..

  18. aipi Says:
  19. This is the soup that I like the best among all ~ looks so yum!

  20. Prathima Rao Says:
  21. Looks deeeeliiiiicous!!! This is my most fav soup..its spicy & too yummy!!
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    Prats Corner

  22. Padmajha Says:
  23. I love this one. Looks extremely tempting....

  24. Priya Suresh Says:
  25. Feel like grabbing the bowl of comforting soup and finishing rite now..sooo inviting..

  26. Unknown Says:
  27. wow looks delicious...and nice for these rainy days....

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  28. Unknown Says:
  29. This is one of my favs ....i love The vege version!

  30. nice recipe and presentation !

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