Tangy, full of flavour and nutritious, Hot and Sour Soup is the ultimate comfort food. This recipe is simple and fast to make. For vegetarians, remove the meat, add your choice of vegetables and this soup still tastes just as good.

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Serves: Approximately 4 portions
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

2 pints chicken or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
Small piece of ginger, peeled and finely diced
1 tablespoon of both dark and light soy sauce
180 grams tofu
70 grams shrimp
1 carrot, diced
Handful of peas
100 grams diced fillet pork
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons vinegar (increase or decrease depending on how sour you want the soup to be)
3-4 oyster mushrooms
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 fresh chilli, sliced
Cornflour to thicken

1. Bring the chicken/vegetable stock to the boil in a large pot. Add the ginger, chilli, carrots, mushrooms, pork, salt, sugar, dark and light soy sauce, oyster sauce and vinegar, place on the lid and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
2. Add the tofu, shrimp, peas to the soup and replace the lid, simmering for a further few minutes.
3. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of cornflour to thicken the soup and finally add the beaten egg and sesame oil. Remove from the heat and serve, garnished with spring onion.