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Hulatang: Hot Pepper Soup from Henan

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I grew up in Henan province where hulatang is originated from and my dad used to take me to the breakfast shop nearby to have hulatang as breakfasts before school. It’s a type of hot and thick soup packed with various ingredients, such as beef slices, day lily, wood ear, etc.

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Beef Hulatang

Fake Hulatang Vs. Real Hulatang

As someone who grew up in Henan, I can’t stop my laughter when I read some food blogs that talks about fake hulatang. They don’t look like hulatang nor they taste like it. That’s the reason why I can’t wait to share with you the TRUE hulatang.

FAKE Hulatang

The real hulatang is a thick soup that has a brown color and strong spice aroma.

real hulatang
Real Hulatang


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Henan Hulatang Hot Pepper Soup

Hulatang is a tasty and flavorful dish known for its spiciness and depth of flavors. It's a type of brown color thick soup that has various ingredients, including beef, tofu skin, dried day lily, wood ear, etc.
Author: Lilith Wong
Keyword: breakfast, henan, sichuan peppercorn, soup, spicy
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 1 hour


  • 1 tbsp Sichuan pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorn powder
  • 1 tbsp 13 spices powder
  • 1 tbsp Malaxian
  • 500 g Beef stock
  • 30 g Dried day lily
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Chicken extract
  • 20 g Dried wood ear
  • 20 g Scallion
  • 10 g Ginger
  • 50 g Tofu skin, optional
  • 15 g Deep fried peanuts, optional
  • 70 g Braised beef, Buy from Chinese supermarket
  • 1 tbsp Corn starch
  • 1 tbsp Wheat flour


Ingredients preparation

  • Add dried day lily and wood ear into a bowl of water to soak. Water should be at room temperature.
  • Chop scallion into small pieces and chop giner into even smaller pieces.
  • Prepare all the powders listed in a container
  • Optional. If you have tofu skin, cut it into thin strips.
  • In a bowl, add corn starch and wheat flour to mix.

Start cooking

  • In a pot, add some cooking oil to fry chopped scallion and ginger (10g of each) until fragrant.
  • Add beef stock and same amount of water and bring it to a boil. Add deep fried peanuts if you have prepared. Add day lily and wood ear.
  • After 5 minutes, add all the powders we have prepared.
  • In the corn starch and wheat flour bowl, add a cup of water and mix it well.
  • Add the mixture to the pot gradually while stirring. This is to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Keep cooking the soup until it gets thicken. Then, add beef and 10g chopped scallion.
Nutrition Facts
Henan Hulatang Hot Pepper Soup
Serving Size
100 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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