I have a love/hate relationship with soups that are typically offered at inexpensive Chinese restaurants. Sometimes they are obvious afterthoughts to bulk up a lunch special and aren’t very good. But some of them are great. After years of ordering wonton by default I typically go for hot and sour soup. It is a hearty and complex concoction with peppery heat and sourness from rice vinegar added at the end. Ingredients include everything from tofu to roasted pork to re-hydrated Chinese mushrooms.
I have eaten some great versions recently, notably at Lenexa’s tiny Rice House.
Sometimes I think that the vinegar flavor is too pronounced. The hot and sour at Rice House was exceedingly well-balanced, with a very rich chicken broth that included pieces of both chicken and pork.
Another good, homemade hot and sour soup is available at Iron Horse in Olathe, which I have written about before.
And at a newish joint near 87th and Quivira called Fortune Palace.
Do we have any hot and sour soup enthusiasts out there? Where is your favorite in town?