Quick and Easy Hot and Sour Soup


1 cup chicken broth
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
½ cup canned bamboo shoots, rinsed and drained
2 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup cooked pork or chicken, cut as desired
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
White pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ cup water
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 green onion, minced
A few drops sesame oil

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth and water to a boil. When it is
    boiling, add the salt, sugar, soy sauce, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and
    cooked meat.
  2. Bring back to a boil and add the rice vinegar and white pepper. Test the
    broth and adjust the taste if required. Mix the cornstarch and water and
    slowly pour it into the soup, stirring. When the soup thickens, turn off the
  3. Pour in the beaten egg and stir quickly to form thin shreds. Stir in the green
    onion. Drizzle with the sesame oil. Give a final stir and serve hot.