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Feb 1, 2010 06:21 AM

Hot and Sour Soup

For years, my family has lamented to general decline in quality of chinese food and the corallary rise in other types of Asian food - like Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese.

One thing I have found indicative is the Hot and Sour soup. To me it seems a decent bowl is rarely really hot nor sour.

I guess I was wondering if anyone agrees with me, and moreover, might have a recommendation for a place that serves very good H/S soup.


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  1. I'm no expert. But about a year ago I had the best (imo) bowl of family style hot and sour soup, great blending of flavors, not too much or too little vinegar, soy, not too thick or thin, at East Ocean City. My kids remember it as the best ever.

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    1. re: justbeingpolite

      I am certainly not a hot and sour soup expert but I like the one at Joyful Garden in Brighton.

      1. re: justbeingpolite

        agree on East ocean city's hot and sour. At all places, you can request chinese vinegar to make it more sour.

      2. General decline??? where are you eating?

        1. Great topic! Hot and Sour soup is one of my favorites-and I cannot seem to find a good bowl of it lately either. I look forward to seeing peoples suggestions!

          1. My house.

            I like mine better than most restaurants in Boston. That's sad, IMO. It's one of my favorite things, and I am usually disappointed. Still, I am compelled to order it.

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I like the Jae's Cafe version, but haven't tried c. hamsters yet.

              1. re: Ora Moose

                I would love to have Jae's recipe and C. Hamster's

                perhaps a cookoff!

            2. Wang's in Somerville.