Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Modified: April 11, 2022

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.

Easy Chinese Egg Drop Soup Recipe

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.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken broth, or chicken stock
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil, few drops

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs until tiny air bubbles are formed. Set aside.
  2. In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth or stock to boil.
  3. Very slowly pour in the lightly beaten eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for 1 minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
  4. Season the soup with white pepper, salt, and sesame oil.
  5. Pour into bowls and garnish with spring onions. Serve hot and enjoy!

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. 

Nutrition

  • Sugar: 1g
  • :
  • Calcium: 26mg
  • Calories: 50kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 87mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 89mg
  • Protein: 4g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 904mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 183IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently 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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