Hot & Sour Soup 101 酸辣湯 | Hunger Bangs


Hunger Pangs is a series about cooking great Chinese food at home, starring ATK’s Kevin Pang and his father Jeffrey. In this episode, they show you how to make Hot & Sour Soup. Get our recipe for Hot & Sour Soup: Buy our winning stockpot: Buy our winning chefs knife: Browse all Hunger Pangs recipes: ABOUT US: Located in Boston’s Seaport District in the historic Innovation and Design Building, America’s Test Kitchen features 15,000 square feet of kitchen space including multiple photography and video studios. It is the home of Cook’s Illustrated magazine and Cook’s Country magazine and is the workday destination for more than 60 test cooks, editors, and cookware specialists. Our mission is to test recipes over and over again until we understand how and why they work and until we arrive at the best version. If you like us, follow us: .





  1. I need to learn my fungi! The small bowl of wood ear looked like black fungus to my uneducated eyes. I know black fungus is popular in Chinese cooking, so I thought, "Wait, black fungus is wood ear?" And I was almost ready to commit to that false assumption until the flavor of wood ear was described as "pungent". Because to my knowledge, black fungus is sort of famously mild in flavor, serving as a visual and textural element to a dish rather than contributing significantly to the final flavor. When I've had black fungus in a dish, it reminds me of pig ear in texture, but without the flavor.

    So thank you for mentioning that wood ear is pungent, because I almost stapled wood ear and black fungus together. From your distinction, I will now endeavor to taste wood ear for the first time. I like most of the mushrooms I've tasted, specifically after they have been cooked. I've already had black fungus, so if I continued to think they were the same, I wouldn't taste wood ear because I would have assumed that I had already tasted it as black fungus.

  2. Hi folks. Hot and Sour has been my favorite for ages. The balance between hot and sour is remarkable. I generally like it in the hot side but always willing to see what the chefs provide. The Hunger Pangs are great fun and great chefs. A great wonton soup is also awesome. The Lion was brilliant. Thanks.

  3. I grew up eating my Mom’s Thai-style soups, so those are my favorites, especially Thai wonton soup. For soup at a Chinese restaurant, Hot and Sour is my favorite, but it’s difficult to find one with a nice balance of heat and tang. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It looks so delicious and fairly easy to make.