As some commenters mention on this Simply Recipes Hot and Sour Soup thread, it’s definitely not one of the most attractive soups out there, but when done right (not that gloppy bad take out stuff) I thrive on the dish. I could live off the Kikkoman mix that I’ve enjoyed since childhood (almost literally – I bought a case from Amazon as it became harder to find in local stores) but this more time consuming, fresh ingredient version, is definitely worth the extra preparation. It’s light, which might be surprising and we added some chicken to make it a heartier meal. We also substituted fresh mushrooms and were unable to add the more unique ingredients like lily buds. But it’s a recipe open to interpretation and your own flare.