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Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on March 7, 2018.



Chinese Hot and Sour Soup

  • 1/2 cup sliced pork tenderloin
  • 2 teaspoons mirin (rice wine)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom
  • 1 cup sliced firm tofu
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium shoyu
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped Chinese parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


In a medium bowl, mix pork tenderloin, mirin, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch and mix again, until pork is evenly covered. Marinate for 10-15 minutes. In a small bowl mix together rice vinegar and white pepper and set aside.

In a pot on medium high, add water. Add tomato, mushroom and tofu, cover, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium low, add shoyu, and boil without lid for 5 minutes.

Mix remaining cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a bowl until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Slowly add cornstarch-water mixture into soup, stir well. The soup should be thickened but not too heavy. Add pork into soup; stir several times to avoid the pork strips sticking together. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Slowly swirl in the beaten egg and stir well. The egg should be scattered and not clotted.

Add vinegar and pepper mixture; stir well, then remove from heat immediately. Add Chinese parsley and sesame oil, give a final stir. Serve while warm. Serves 5.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
130 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 750 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 9 g protein


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