Hot and Sour Soup

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This Hot and Sour Soup is just like you’d find in a Chinese food restaurant… and it’s low fat too!

Pot of Hot and Sour Soup

It has been super cold in Arizona this week. And by Arizona standards, that means we’re waking up to temperatures in the mid-thirties… and the highs during the day in only the mid 50’s. That may sound like heavenly winter weather to people in the colder parts of the world (and it is). But we’re just not used to it! Chilly days require soup to warm us up. This Hot and Sour Soup is the perfect solution, especially if you’re trying to eat light.

You may wish to purchase these items to go with your soup:

  • Asian Soup Bowls: these are so pretty! And bonus that you can use them for salad or pasta too.
  • Asian Soup Spoons: If you have Asian bowls, then you must have Asian soup spoons to go with them!

serving Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup is a classic Asian soup recipe. You can probably spot it on just about any Chinese restaurant menu. It contains ingredients to make it taste both spicy and sour.

How to make Sweet and Sour Soup:

Dried mushrooms are hydrated with hot water. Then you’ll combine chicken broth, rice, vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce and dark sesame oil and bring that to a boil. Then you’ll add the mushrooms, tofu and bamboo shoots. To thicken the soup, you’ll add a cornstarch/water mixture. And a beaten egg white is swirled in at the end. That’s it!

Bowls of Hot and Sour Soup

About Tofu:

This recipe calls for using reduced-fat soft tofu. Tofu is low in calories and has a lot of protein. It’s usually added to Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, so I wouldn’t skip it. Tofu doesn’t really have much flavor. It absorbs the flavors that are in the dish. The photo above shows the tofu in larger chunks, but I prefer it cut into small cubes for this soup.

Bowls of Hot and Sour Soup

Is this soup Weight Watchers friendly?

Absolutely!  This is a nice, light soup recipe. And it’s a great soup recipe to try if you’re on the WW program. Point totals are include at the top of this post and in the recipe card. They’re low points all around! The recipe making enough for 4 servings, so just divide that into four equal portions.

Bowl of Hot and Sour Soup

Here are a few more soup recipes you might like to try:

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Hot and Sour Soup

Just like what you'd find in a Chinese restaurant!
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 102kcal
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian
Keyword hot and sour soup


  • 6 whole dried mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat soft tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • One 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, drained and thinly sliced
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • chopped green onions for garnish, optional


  • In a small bowl, combine the dried mushrooms with enough hot water to cover by 2 inches; let stand 15 minutes, and then drain.
  • In a large saucepan, bring the broth, vinegar, soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce and sesame oil to a boil. Add the drained mushrooms, tofu and bamboo shoots. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl; stir in about 1/4-cup of the hot liquid, and then return to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat; slowly drizzle the egg mixture into the soup while stirring in a circular motion. Serve immediately.


  • This recipe is gluten-free adaptable- just be sure to use brands of chicken broth, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce that are known to be GF.
  • For ease in preparing mushrooms, place water in pyrex cup and heat in microwave. Then add mushrooms and soak.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1357mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 1 | Green WW Smartpoints: 2 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 1
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  • Linda Straczynski wrote:

    This sounds delicious. I will definitely make this, but what chili garlic sauce

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Look for it in the Asian section of your market.

  • Jane wrote:

    I think it needs white pepper.

    • Lori Lange wrote: