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Aug 28, 2009 12:16 AM

Best Hot & Sour Soup????

This used to be my favorite thing as a kid, and I have not found one that can compare to the (now closed) Chinese place we used to go to in the 90's.

I know my own tastes have changed, but someone in town must make an outsanding H&S Soup!!!

I prefer to stay away from the SGV (I'm in the Southbay) but if it's worth it i'd be willing to drive.

Thanks in advance!


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  1. It's possible a little more information might help other hounds better understand what you consider to be good h & s soup. For instance, what was the place you mentioned that is closed now? What are some of the specific places you've tried it and found it "wanting" to you? Do you like it more on the sour end of the spectrum or the hot side?

    For instance over here in the Coastal West LA area we like the version at Cheng Du on Pico Blvd. just a little west of Sawtelle Blvd. and also the one over at Hop Woo on the SW corner of Sepulveda and Olympic Blvd. is tasty. There was this previous thread about h & s soup up in Hollywood:

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    1. re: Servorg

      The restaurant on from my youth was called "Szechuan" and was on sepulveda in Westchester , right where hometown buffet is now. It was great american-chineese food.

      I don't know how I'd describe the soup. It dide have a good kick to it though.

    2. I too enjoy a solid bowl of Hot & Sour soup. While I have yet to find an outstanding version, my current favorites are: Yang Chow (Downtown and in Woodland Hills), Bamboo (Sherman Oaks), Hop Le (Downtown and West LA), and Chung King (SGV). The Chung King version has a different flavor profile than the others listed here, probably because of the pepper combo they deploy in their soup.

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      1. re: anothernotch

        Is that Bamboo on Ventura or Bamboo Forest on Magnolia? The hot and sour soup at Bamboo Forest is the best I've found in the SFV.

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        1. My favorite sweet and sour is the one served at City Wok on Ventura Blvd and Vineland. I haven't explored many options for sweet and sour soup but those I know who have and have tried City Wok have claimed it as being one of the best.

          1. The best that I have ever had is at East Winds Asian Cuisine in Huntington Beach on the south-east corner of Edinger/Golden West near Sizzler's. Its very dark and thick and has a great bite to it.