Silky Egg Drop Soup


Warm, comforting, and delightfully silky, Egg Drop Soup is a classic Chinese dish that soothes the soul and pleases the palate. With its delicate ribbons of egg floating in a flavorful broth, this soup is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Whether you're looking for a quick meal on a chilly day or a soothing dish when you're feeling under the weather, Egg Drop Soup is the perfect choice.

Silky Egg Drop Soup

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl (about 250 ml)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 70 kcal
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 850 mg
  • Ingredients
  • 4 cups (950 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • Salt to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare the Cornstarch Slurry: In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water until fully dissolved. This will help thicken the soup.
  2. Heat the Broth: In a medium-sized pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the grated ginger, minced garlic, white pepper, and soy sauce. Stir well.
  3. Create the Egg Ribbons: In a separate bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly. Reduce the heat to low and gently stir the broth in a circular motion. Slowly pour the beaten eggs into the broth, creating thin, silky ribbons as the egg cooks instantly upon contact with the hot liquid.
  4. Thicken the Soup: Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot, stirring constantly. Let the soup simmer for another 1-2 minutes until it reaches the desired thickness.
  5. Season and Serve: Taste the soup and add salt if necessary. Garnish with sliced green onions before serving hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Perfect Ribbons: Pour the eggs slowly and steadily while stirring the broth to create the perfect egg ribbons.
  • Broth Base: Use a high-quality chicken broth for the best flavor. Homemade broth can elevate this simple dish.
  • Texture: If you prefer a thicker soup, add more cornstarch slurry in small increments until you reach the desired consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth?

  • Yes, vegetable broth can be used as a substitute for a vegetarian version of this soup.

Can I add other ingredients to the soup?

  • Absolutely! Common additions include tofu, mushrooms, and peas.

How do I store leftovers?

  • Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove.

Indulge in the simple yet sophisticated flavors of this Silky Egg Drop Soup. It's a quick and easy dish that promises comfort and warmth with every spoonful. Perfect for any occasion, this soup is sure to become a favorite in your culinary repertoire. Enjoy the delicate dance of flavors and textures that make Egg Drop Soup an enduring classic.