Homemade Hot-n-Sour Soup

We have some friends who are crazy about Sriracha. Seriously, the husband puts it on everything – even thanksgiving turkey.  My husband and I are also big fans of Sriracha, but they put us to shame :)

Being a lover of Sriracha as well, this  is one of my favorite recipes! Especially when my tummy is not feeling great, or it’s dark and rainy outside like it is tonight. I originally discovered this recipe at QueenBee Coupons several months ago and since then the hubby and I have made this a dozen or more times and added our own modifications to it. It is very inexpensive, quick and easy to make, and oh-so comforting on those rainy cold nights. It’s also great for fighting colds, nothing like some heat to scare off any cold, plus it holds up well for leftovers.

Here is what you need for the base:

  • 8 cups chicken stock (we have tried vegetable stock and it’s still good, but the chicken gives it a little something more)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha *we like it hot so we add more to our bowls so the kids mouths dont burn ;)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Ingredients for Hot-n-Sour Soup

That’s it – there is your soup base!

In a large soup pot mix chicken stock, rice vinegar, soy sauce and Sriracha.

Next mix the cornstarch with 1 tbs water and add to the soup.

cornstarch add-in

Mix One tbsp Cornstarch with equal part water, then add to the soup.


Once it comes to a light boil you can add anything you want to it that suits your mood. This recipe is so versatile, just get the base and add what you like: chicken, water chestnuts, bamboo shoot, omit the tofu, egg  and mushrooms… so many possibilities depending on what you feel like or have on hand. Some of our favorites are:

  • 1-2 bags of frozen mixed vegetables, thawed.
  • 1 bag of stir fry veggies (fresh or frozen). Its an asian soup so I think these work best.
  • 3-4 cups Crimini mushrooms and 9oz firm tofu *like the original recipe calls for and shown in the ingredient picture above.

To finish off the soup you can add in two eggs, whisked, or top with green onions (my hubby’s favorite). It’s a bowl of comfort with a spicy kick :)

Hot-n-Sour soup homemade! So good and less than $10 to make!

Hot-n-Sour soup homemade! So good and less than $10 to make!


This recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each. If you want to make a heartier meal out of it you can serve with rice, stir-fry or your favorite Asian side (we like Trader Joe’s pot stickers and fried rice).

Chili Oil

Feeling brave? Add some Chili Oil to the soup for a super yummy kick of heat and taste!



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