This is a central Chinese version of a hot and sour soup that will warm your heart and your palate without sending you on a hunt for ingredients.
Very nice recipe, but not anything like hot and sour soup - more similar to miso soup if anything. But highly recommended all the same. - 09 Jun 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Such a delicious soup! I may never go out to Chinese food again! I did make a few modifications based on my personal preferences and what was available. I added some sesame oil while cooking because I've read that is the secret ingredient to asian foods in general. I garnished with sesame seeds. I left out the rice vinegar because I didn't have any (and because I like my soup a little less sour) and subbed lemon juice for citric acid. I threw in some chopped celery leaves because I like the flavor. I used the chili garlic paste (rooster on front, green lid), ~1 tbsp, and it was VERY HOT... will probably decrease that next time. But oh my, was it GOOD!!! - 17 Feb 2009 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
I made this recipe minus the mushrooms and cabbage and it was DELICIOUS!!! a few of my coworkers smelled it and asked for the recipe, i passed it on and got rave reviews from them as well!! SIMPLE and delicious, nice bit of zip! - 03 Jan 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)