“Hot & Sour Soup, the home cooked version. It’s easy and palatable enough to enjoy it at home.”
Hot and Sour Soup is excellent as soup to enjoy before having your main course as its pleasant sour taste with a hint of spicy heat increases one’s appetite. Campbell brand produces canned Szechuan Hot and Sour Soup which turned out to be one of my favourite as instant solution to a quick meal which happened to me once in a blue moon. Having said that, the home cooked version of Hot and Sour Soup would still my best option. Subtly flavoured, added with abundance of ingredients in it, I certainly knew what went into my soup.
Most importantly, I wouldn’t add extra MSG in my soup. Well, I was aware that chicken broth in a way contains another form of MSG. I tried to cook this with plain water instead of chicken broth, its taste turned out way under-powering. Nope, that’s not what hot & sour soup should taste like. Unless, you would mind at all, I had to admit that certain soups would go with chicken broth, at its minimal. In any case, replace chicken broth with plain water, if you insist.