Egg drop soup — favorite Chinese soup is so easy to make at home!
Ann at A Thousand Soups, a blog I’ve been reading since long before I started a cooking blog myself made egg drop soup not long ago. Hers looks more authentic and I’m sure the fact that I didn’t use corn starch accounts for mine being a bit cloudy. None the less I was pleased with mine and if nothing else it is a demonstration of how to be flexible in the kitchen when missing a vital ingredient. Corn starch certainly is signature in this dish, and yet, I totally loved my substitute too. I was very pleased at myself for making one of my very favorite soups that I’ve simply never tried to make before, despite the fact that it is very very easy! I need to thank Ann, though, for prompting me to finally do it.
I made it a bit differently than Ann in a number of ways. I added an extra egg as I wanted it to be a light meal. I then at the end added tamari and red pepper flakes along with the green onions that always appear on the soup. I always doctor it up in similar fashion at Chinese restaurants too.
So this is what I used and did:
- 4 cups soup stock
- 3 eggs beaten
- 2 tablespoons flour (I used my whole grain rye flour and I’m always amazed it doesn’t alter flavor more, but it’s a very neutral flour strangely enough. You should use corn starch if you have it — I always get non-GMO corn products, but if you want to use flour I imagine you can use whatever you like)
To garnish at the end:
- red pepper flakes
- tamari or soy
- sliced green onion
So I pretty much followed Ann’s directions. I brought most of the 4 cups of stock to a boil. I saved some to mix into the flour and stirred into a runny concoction which I stirred into boiling stock. When the stock and flour was also boiling I stirred the soup rapidly and poured in the beaten eggs slowly while continuing to stir quickly. I imagine it’s key to keep on rapidly stirring. As soon as the egg was all poured and stirred I took it off the heat.
The fastest and easiest soup you can imagine, with a big pay off of being wonderfully comforting!