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A bowl of hulatang
Alternative names Spicy soup
Type Soup
Place of origin Henan
Region or state Xi'an, Henan
Main ingredients Beef broth, capsicum, black pepper
Cookbook: Hulatang  Media: Hulatang
Traditional Chinese 胡辣湯
Simplified Chinese 胡辣汤
Literal meaning peppery and spicy soup

Hulatang is a kind of Chinese traditional soup created in Henan Province but became popularised in the cuisine of Shaanxi Province. Chinese immigrants have introduced it to the United States, where it is known as "spicy soup". It can be divided into two different versions: Xiaoyao Town version (from a town near Zhoukou City) and Beiwudu version. As its name — literally the characters 'pepper' + 'capsicum/chilli' + 'soup' — implies, capsicum and black pepper are put into the broth made by beef soup.


Pepper was brought to China during the Tang dynasty. According to records,[citation needed] the ingredients used were similar to present day recipes.[1] In addition to pepper, some herbs and flavourings such as ginger, aniseed and fennel are added into the boiling soup to improve the flavour and make it spicy and hot.

In modern China, especially for northerners, hulatang is a popular breakfast dish. A bowl of soup usually[when?][where?] starts at four Yuan, but can be more expensive depending on the fame of the restaurant, quality and variety of its ingredients.


Cooked beef, beef soup, flour, vermicelli, kelp, spinach, pepper, ginger, salt, vinegar and sesame oil.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 胡辣汤 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  2. ^ 美食名吃——胡辣汤 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2009-03-10. [permanent dead link]