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Chinese Recipe - Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup is a specialty in Szechuan food and has a most unusual but very attractive taste.

Serves 6


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 med. onion, sliced
  • 3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 6 oz. shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/3 c. sliced water chestnuts
  • 1/2 lb. sliced snow peas
  • 1 c. fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/4 c. rice-wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • Dash of chili oil


  1. Heat 2 tbsp. vegetable oil in a heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and carrots; cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger; cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken broth, water and soy sauce. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the mushrooms and water chestnuts; boil for 1 minute.
  6. Turn off heat, add peas and bean sprouts. Cover and let rest for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in rice-wine vinegar, sesame oil and chili oil. Heat through for 1 minute, serve immediately.

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