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Vegan Thai Hotpot (Sweet & Sour)

Spicy Vegan Hot Pot

5 from 5 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Spicy, sour, and a bit sweet hot pot that is super flavorful, comforting, and easy to make! Flavored with lemongrass, ginger, and chilies. Served with your favorite greens, tofu, and noodles!
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 45 minutes
Servings 3 servings



  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 lemongrass stalks halved
  • 1- inch ginger peeled and sliced
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 3 small Thai chilis sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 ear of corn sliced into 2-inch slices
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or regular sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste optional

The Rest

  • 5 ounces dry noodles of your choice
  • 3 cups mushrooms sliced
  • 1 block of tofu diced
  • a handful of your favorite greens: spinach, pak choy, okra, etc
  • vegan chick'n or TVP slices, optional


  • In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add lemongrass stalks, ginger, green onion, and chilis. Fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the chopped tomatoes and pineapple, and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the tomatoes have released their juice.
  • Pour the 4 cups of water into the pot. Add the corn, coconut sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Let simmer for about 20 minutes. If using, dilute the tamarind paste in a couple of tablespoons of warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Strain and add to the broth.
  • In the meantime, cook the noodles, wash and prepare the vegetables, and dice the tofu and/or vegan chicken.
  • Place the pot on a portable burner on the table and let it simmer. Place the vegetables, noodles, and tofu around it, and enjoy! Each guest can cook the veggies of their choice for a few minutes in the pot. Fill your bowl with noodles, top with tofu, veggies, and pour hot broth over them.


  • If serving more than 3 people or if you want leftovers, feel free to double the recipe.
Course : Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine : Asian, Vietnamese
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