Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published March 20, 2020
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Asian soups are known for their rich and deep flavors, even without much additional seasoning. This is achieved by boiling the ingredients for many hours, which allows all the natural flavors to infuse into the soup.

Also known as egg flower soup in Chinese, this oriental comfort meal is an inexpensive crowd-pleaser. It’s full of rich flavors and has a natural thickness from the egg, which adds a sort of creaminess to this broth-based soup as well.

How to Make Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Make Chinese food from the comfort of your own home with this healthy egg drop soup. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and includes ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen.

  • 2 eggs (large)
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Scallions (chopped, for garnish)
  • Sesame oil (few drops)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until tiny air bubbles are formed. Set aside.

  2. In a pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.

  3. Pour the eggs into the broth in a steady stream, stirring gently with a metal whisk. Mix in one direction until all beaten eggs have been added. Continue stirring the eggs until they solidify.

  4. Season with white pepper and salt. Add 2-3 drops of sesame oil for extra flavor.

  5. Serve in a bowl and garnish with chopped scallions.

If you’re short on chicken broth, you may use vegetable or mushroom broth as a replacement. Alternatively, if you don’t feel like using store-bought broth, you can always make your own.

Homemade Chicken Broth

In a large pot add:

  • Rotisserie chicken bones
  • 1 quartered onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • A few stalks of celery, chopped
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • A bay leaf
  • Herbs like thyme or parsley.

Add water till the top of your ingredients and let boil on a slow flame for 3-4 hours.

Use only the highest quality ingredients when creating such an easy meal. The key to great flavor is always in the freshness of your ingredients — fresh eggs will leave you with a tastier soup. 

How to Make Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup

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Make Chinese food from the comfort of your own home with this healthy egg drop soup. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and includes ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen.

Preparation Time: 2 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Scallions, chopped, for garnish
  • Sesame oil, few drops

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until tiny air bubbles are formed. Set aside.

  2. In a pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil.

  3. Pour the eggs into the broth in a steady stream, stirring gently with a metal whisk. Mix in one direction until all beaten eggs have been added. Continue stirring the eggs until they solidify.

  4. Season with white pepper and salt. Add 2-3 drops of sesame oil for extra flavor.

  5. Serve in a bowl and garnish with chopped scallions.

Recipe Notes

If you're short on chicken broth, you may use vegetable or mushroom broth as a replacement. Alternatively, if you don't feel like using store-bought broth, you can always make your own.

Homemade Chicken Broth

In a large pot add:

  • Rotisserie chicken bones
  • 1 quartered onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • A few stalks of celery, chopped
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • A bay leaf
  • Herbs like thyme or parsley.

Add water till the top of your ingredients and let boil on a slow flame for 3-4 hours.

Use only the highest quality ingredients when creating such an easy meal. The key to great flavor is always in the freshness of your ingredients — fresh eggs will leave you with a tastier soup. 

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 12mg
  • Calories: 32kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 82mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 30mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 31mg
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 119IU
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Commonly Asked Questions

How can I make this dish vegetarian or vegan?

For a vegetarian version, swap out your chicken broth for vegetable broth. Additionally, add in some mushrooms for a deeper flavor. If you’re going vegan, skip the egg entirely but thicken your soup with cornstarch or arrowroot powder. This will help you keep the same texture without the eggs.

My egg cooks in lumps instead of ribbons. What am I doing wrong?

Stir your pot gently and frequently as you add the eggs. This will create the right amount of movement to make egg ribbons. However, don’t stir too much or you will lose the egg ribbons entirely.

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Conclusion

Chinese egg drop soup is an easy way to experiment with different cuisines. It's tasty, nutritious and makes for good comfort food. If you've been thinking about trying some new recipes in the kitchen but aren't sure where to start, this is a good place!

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