Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Make the restaurant-style Chinese egg drop soup with the minimum ingredients, within 15 minutes, and without any fuss.

Make the restaurant-style Chinese egg drop soup with the minimum ingredients, within 15 minutes, and without any fuss.

Soup is an important element on a Chinese family’s dinner table. Back in Beijing when I was living with my parents, my mom would serve soup every day along with steamed rice, stir fried seasonal vegetables and a meat dish. Egg drop soup was always her first choice.

Cooking egg drop soup only takes 15 minutes, but you get a hearty soup that tastes way better than the one in Chinese restaurants.

You don’t need to add tons of spices like star anise and cloves because it overpowers the delicate egg flavor. I was astounded to see some egg drop soup recipes call for 6 to 7 spices. It’s unimaginable. We’re cooking a quick side dish here, not Vietnamese pho.

You only need some fresh green onions and ginger. That’s it. They bring out the sweetness of the egg without the taste being overwhelming.

Make the restaurant-style Chinese egg drop soup with the minimum ingredients, within 15 minutes, and without any fuss.The key to make the soup more flavorful is to bring the soup to a boil and let it cook with the ginger and green onion for at least 10 minutes to release the flavor. That’s it. You don’t even need to chop the ginger. Just add a whole slice and you can fish it out and discard it before you serve the soup.

When you’re ready to add the rest of the ingredients, turn down the heat to let the broth simmer gently. Whisk in cornstarch slurry to lightly thicken the broth.

Then, slowly add the beaten eggs by using a fork to slow the flow. Let the eggs sits for a few seconds, then use a pair of chopsticks to break them apart to your liking.

Drizzle with a few drops of sesame oil. You will get the most comforting soup with a silky texture and delicious eggs bits.

That’s it.

There is no fuss about making a hearty egg drop soup that tastes even better than the one in a Chinese restaurant.

Chinese Egg Drop Soup Cooking Process

How to alter egg drop soup

There are a few things you can do to make your daily soup taste a bit different.

  1. Add 1 to 2 chopped tomatoes at the beginning. (One of my mom’s favorites – it makes the soup refreshing and changes the taste.)
  2. You can add a handful vegetables, such as bok choy, spinach, mushrooms, or cucumber (sounds weird, but it works). But remember that less is more.
  3. Add corn and peas to make it a corn soup (and you can add ground chicken to make it richer).
  4. Add a few soaked dried shrimp at the beginning, to infuse more umami flavor to the soup. My mom uses this method with some chicken bouillon when we don’t have chicken stock at home. If you use chicken stock and dried shrimp, the soup will taste even better.

Make the restaurant-style Chinese egg drop soup with the minimum ingredients, within 15 minutes, and without any fuss.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.

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Chinese Egg Drop Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soup, Side
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 green onions, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 1 slice ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • (Optional) 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder, for the yellow color
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the chicken broth, the white part of the green onion and ginger in a small pot. Cook over high heat until brought to a boil. Turn to a low heat and let the soup reduce to a simmer.
  2. Combine cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Whisk until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Swirl into the soup and mix well with a spatula.
  3. To add eggs, hold a fork (or two chopsticks slightly apart) across the top of a small bowl, drizzle the egg mixture slowly through the gaps into the soup. Let the eggs set for a few seconds, then stir gently to break up the egg to the desired sized pieces.
  4. Drizzle sesame oil and sprinkle with the green part of the green onion.
  5. Serve warm.

 

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Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. She’s learned to love barbecue, but her heart belongs to the food she grew up with. For her, Omnivore’s Cookbook is all about introducing cooks to real-deal Chinese dishes, which can be as easy as a 30-minute stir-fry or as adventurous as making your own dim sum. Recipes, step-by-step photos and video are the tools she uses to share her knowledge—and her enthusiasm for Chinese food.

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7 thoughts on “Chinese Egg Drop Soup

  1. ChannonD

    Thank you so very much for this recipe! I want some simple, authentic egg drop soup SOOOOO badly right now! I’ve been living in SoCal for over 5 years now and have yet to find any restaurant serving this version. Worse yet, for me at least, most put canned corn in the soup, which becomes the only flavor I can discern. All the rest add meat and mied vegetables so the price is higher because they cannot afford to sell “cheap” menu items. [Most also sell egg rolls in large batches.] The one place that made a version I enjoyed (cabbage was only addition) was forced out of business when the landlord doubled his rent. Great family, great restaurant. I am so sad for them.

    It’s chilly out this week, so I will be whipping up a bowl in just a little while.

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Channon, I’m glad to hear you like this recipe! Hope your dish turned out well 🙂
      I rarely order egg drop soup in a restaurant, because it’s so quick to cook at home. I guess I was spoiled with my mom’s cooking growing up!
      We do have a corn soup, which is the next kin to egg drop soup, but we use frozen corn and ground meat, which makes the soup quite rich.
      But yes, I love keeping my soup simple the most of the time, as a nice addition to the dinner 🙂

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  2. Richard

    First time eating and making this dish. Absolutely wonderful. I added diced tomatoes and sliced mushrooms. Will try cabbage next time. One teaspoon of sesame oil is enough as two overpowered it. It’s a keeper.

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  3. Stuart

    Had this wonderful soup for breakfast just this AM. Lite but filling with an English muffin.

    I’m getting hooked on all your recipes.

    Thanks for the hard work,
    Stuart

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  4. Dale thompson

    I would like to make soup can I make it if I triple the ingredients? I volunteer at American legion and think this would really go over thanks.

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Dale, yes you can triple or multiple the ingredients any way you like. It’s quite a forgiven recipe so I’m sure it will work out well in bulk. It’s one of those dishes we enjoyed the most in college cafeteria 🙂

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