I’ve had a few Egg Drop Soup failures in the past, but this recipe has redeemed my attempts. I love it because it’s simple, easy to make, and still adds Chinese cuisine to our menu. Plus, I almost always have the ingredients on hand.
This version is a little Americanized I think, but the additions were well received and had the Egg Drop Soup flavors we love. It was hěn hào chī (very delicious) and 5 out of 6 of our family members loved it. It’s almost impossible to please everyone in our family anyway, so I’m calling this one a big win. The fried noodles made everyone really happy too.
Here’s the recipe I worked with from I Wash… You Dry:
Egg Drop Soup Ingredients:
4 cups chicken stock
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 green onions, chopped (save 1 green onion for garnish)
1 cup frozen mixed veggies (corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
3 eggs, lightly beaten
pepper to taste
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp cornstarch
Fried Noodle Garnish:
wonton wrappers, cut into strips (as many as you want to fry up for munching)
For the soup: In a stockpot, combine the 4 cups of chicken stock, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, and green onions. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes to flavor the broth. Steam the 1 cup frozen mixed veggies in the microwave, or add to the broth and return to a boil.
Meanwhile, combine the 1/2 cup water and 2 tbsp cornstarch in a separate bowl and mix until completely dissolved. Slowly add to the soup to thicken as desired. Next, whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then slowly stream them into the soup while stirring the broth in a clockwise direction. That’s what gives the eggs the wispy look. Season with pepper to taste.
For the fried noodles: Heat oil in a pot, about 1 inch high. Once hot, add several wonton strips at a time to fry. They should brown pretty quickly; about 30 – 60 seconds. If they aren’t browning quickly, the oil needs to be hotter. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and put on a plate with a paper towel.
Serve the soup in traditional Chinese bowls if you have them, I really think they add a little something. I picked ours up at the local Chinese market. Garnish with fried noodles and green onions, then enjoy slurping the goodness!