Vegan Hot & Sour Noodle Soup

Here’s how to make it…


  • 800ml mushroom stock
  • 300g cooked rice noodles
  • 200g firm tofu
  • 150g shiitake mushrooms
  • 100g spring greens
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 bell peppers
  • A handful of bean sprouts
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 red chillis
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chinese five spice
  • A drizzle of sesame oil
  • A pinch of sea salt & black pepper


  • Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6)
  • Line a large tray with baking paper and set to one side
  • Drain and lightly press the tofu to remove the excess water. Chop in to bite size pieces
  • Add the tofu to a bowl along with a little sesame oil, a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper. Toss together
  • Place the tofu on the lined baking tray. Put the tray in the pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crispy
  • While the tofu is baking, prepare the soup. Finely chop the mushrooms and peppers. Add the mushrooms and peppers to a large pan along with a generous drizzle of sesame oil. Saute on a low heat for around 5 minutes
  • Finely grate or chop the garlic, chilli and ginger. Add the garlic, chilli and ginger to the pan
  • Stir to combine then saute for 5 minutes
  • Finely chop the spring greens and spring onions. Add the spring greens and spring onions to the pan along with a handful of bean sprouts
  • Stir to combine then saute for a further 5 minutes
  • Add the mushroom stock, rice vinegar, tamari, sugar and chinese five spice. Stir to combine then simmer on a medium heat until the mushrooms are soft
  • Remove the tofu from the oven and transfer to the soup along with the cooked rice noodles
  • Stir to combine, season to taste then serve

This recipe serves 4.

2 thoughts on “Vegan Hot & Sour Noodle Soup

  1. Hi Lauren,
    Where can I buy tamari ? Also would this recipe work just as well using the Cauldron marinated tofu pieces ?

    1. Hello!
      You can find tamari in the Asian section of most supermarkets. It’s essentially soy sauce but it’s a little thicker, free from gluten and lower in salt. If you have soy sauce in the cupboard, you could use that instead. Maybe just 1 tbsp instead of 2? 🤔
      If you’re short on time, the Cauldon marinated pieces would work. Just skip the first couple of steps 👍

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