2 Ingredient Egg Drop Soup

2 ingredient egg drop soup
2 ingredient egg drop soup

In the bustling kitchen of my parents’ Chinese restaurant, we religiously prepared three soups every day: wonton soup, hot and sour soup, and egg drop soup. These classic delights graced every Chinese menu, offering a comforting start to any meal. As the winter chill enveloped the kitchen, we would warm our spirits with a small cup of wonton or egg drop soup before diving into our culinary endeavors.

While everyone has their preferred soup, mine is undoubtedly classic wonton soup. However, I must confess that I do enjoy a good egg drop soup as well. In fact, we even introduced the popular Chicken Corn Egg Drop Soup to our takeout menu, which quickly became another personal favorite.

What Is Egg Drop Soup?

Egg drop soup, or “egg flower” soup as it is called in Chinese, gets its name from the method used to create the soup. Raw eggs are delicately dropped into hot broth, resulting in mesmerizing swirls reminiscent of blooming flowers. This recipe focuses on the classic restaurant-style egg drop soup that you can easily recreate at home.

Why Make Egg Drop At Home?

Now, you might wonder why bother making egg drop soup at home when you can simply order it for a few dollars. Well, the truth is, with this recipe, you can whip up a bowl of delicious egg drop soup in just 15 minutes. It’s even faster than waiting for takeout!

Moreover, many restaurants liberally use monosodium glutamate (MSG) to enhance the flavors of their soups. While we have no qualms about MSG, making your own soup ensures full control over the ingredients. You can use homemade chicken broth, organic chicken broth, or even vegetable broth. Customize the seasoning to suit your taste and opt for organic eggs if you desire.

This restaurant-style egg drop soup recipe is so quick and easy that you could have made a bowl for yourself in the time it took me to write this post! (Though I must admit, I am a very slow typist.)

Hope you relish this culinary delight!


Egg Drop Soup Recipe Instructions

Let’s now venture into homemade egg drop soup territory. Here’s how to make this delectable dish:

  1. Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a medium-sized soup pot.
  2. Stir in the sesame oil, salt, sugar, and white pepper.
  3. Optionally, you can add turmeric or yellow food coloring for that rich, vibrant hue typically found in restaurant-style egg drop soup.
  4. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning, if needed.
  5. Next, add the cornstarch slurry. To ensure a smooth consistency, mix the cornstarch and water well, as cornstarch settles quickly. Continuously stir the soup as you gradually pour in the slurry to prevent clumps.
  6. Adjust the amount of starch based on your desired thickness. You can add it in small batches if necessary. Allow the soup to simmer for a couple of minutes and assess the consistency.
  7. For more information on using cornstarch effectively in Chinese cooking, check out our detailed guide on How to Use Cornstarch in Chinese Cooking.
  8. Now, the most exciting part: the egg! Slightly beat the egg before adding it to the soup. The speed at which you stir the soup while adding the egg determines the size of the egg swirls. Feel free to experiment and enjoy either large “egg flowers” or smaller swirly bits of egg, based on your preference. Some even like chunks of egg in their soup, so feel free to customize it as you like.
  9. Once the soup reaches your desired consistency, use a ladle to create a circular motion while slowly drizzling in the egg.
  10. Serve the soup in bowls, garnish with scallions, and indulge your taste buds!

For an extra touch, you can pair the soup with a few fried wonton noodles.



How do I store leftover egg drop soup?

To store leftover egg drop soup, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days. When ready to enjoy, simply reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Can I add extra ingredients to my egg drop soup?

Absolutely! While the classic version only requires eggs and a few seasoning ingredients, you can enhance the soup by adding ingredients such as cooked chicken, shrimp, tofu, mushrooms, or vegetables. Tailor the soup to your preferences and let your culinary creativity shine!


Now that you have the recipe for this delightful 2 Ingredient Egg Drop Soup, why not try making it at home? With just a few simple steps, you can savor the comforting flavors and captivating swirls of this classic Chinese soup. Plus, by making it yourself, you have full control over the ingredients, ensuring a customized and wholesome experience.

For more culinary inspiration, recipes, and cooking tips, visit Takeout Food. Remember, the joy of food lies not only in its consumption but also in the creative process of preparation. Happy cooking and bon app├ętit!

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