Basic Egg Drop Soup

Basic Egg Drop Soup

If you’re not already familiar with Egg Drop Soup, it can be found in Chinese buffets everywhere and it’s a good way to wash down dry or fried food. I really enjoy the rich texture and thin silken strands of beaten egg that float almost artistically in chicken broth lightly seasoned with pepper and sesame oil. It’s calming, not too intrusive on your taste buds and does exactly what it’s supposed to do: act as a neutral side dish to give way to more prominent flavored entrees, without sacrificing too much flavor on its own.

Basic Egg Drop Soup

While the ingredients are simple, the challenging part is creating the perfect egg strands. If you drizzle or stir in the egg too quickly or start the drizzling while the soup is still boiling, you’ll end up with an eggy mess. And when I say mess, I mean mess. Beautiful strands are created through slow drizzling and delicate stirring. It took me some practice to get it right and even now, I still kinda suck at it.  One trick I’ve developed is to dip a fork in the egg and use it to brush in thin strands with delicate strokes. Be sure to wait for the egg to solidify before making more strands. It’s an art form!

Basic Egg Drop Soup

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Basic Egg Drop Soup

Basic Egg Drop Soup

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 egg, beaten
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Over medium high heat, bring chicken broth to a boil
  2. Season with sugar and pepper and pour in the cornstarch mixture
  3. Once the soup has thickened, remove from heat
  4. Drizzle in the egg slowly and gently stir in one direction with a fork until you have enough egg strands
  5. Pour in sesame oil and mix well
  6. Garnish with green onions and serve hot

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1 Comment

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    Arpita Patel
    April 14, 2020 at 8:08 AM

    Great recipe, although I’ve not made it with tomatoes (I need to try that still). I’ve made it several times successfully and the family really likes it. It really is super easy to make. For me the white pepper is what makes this dish so good. I’ve made other recipes for this soup that did not contain it and there always seemed like there was something missing.

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