Hot and Sour Soup

Difficulty: Simple
Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, outer layer discarded and finely chopped
  • 1 Gusto® Mixed Hot Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Tamarind concentrate
  • 1 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 lb Allegro® Tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 Cups Chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ lb Cooked chicken or shrimp
  • 2 Maestro® Sweet Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 2 Spring onions, sliced
  • 1 Cup Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat canola oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, lemongrass and Gusto® mixed hot pepper. Sauté briefly and add brown sugar, tamarind, fish sauce, limejuice and Allegro® tomatoes. Sauté for 5 minutes and add stock. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain soup through a fine mesh sieve and return to heat. Add chicken or shrimp, Maestro® sweet bell peppers and spring onions.
  3. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve, garnished with fresh cilantro.

*A more substantial meal can be made by simply adding shrimp, chicken or tofu.