Egg Drop Soup or Egg Flower Soup (Dan Hua Tang 蛋花汤), is a savory soup that is amazingly popular in every part of the world. Made with chicken broth and eggs, it is an extremely simple dish to make and one where your entire family can enjoy. Learn how to make this amazing dish today!
One of my families all time favorite soups to make is something called an “Egg Drop Soup”.
This soup would always be our go-to soup whenever my family needs something quick or just too lazy to make anything else.
The reason for this is because this soup is incredibly easy to make as you can make it in as little as 10 minutes. Plus, it is also incredibly hearty, filling, and tastes absolutely amazing.
Not only that, but it pairs perfectly well with many other food items as well.
I remember one time when I was a kid, and my parents served me this soup. At that time, I didn’t like drinking soups yet, but somehow I was attracted to this soup. Well not really…more like I was attracted to the egg ribbons.
It was funny because I would always try to use a fork and pick out the ribbons to eat, but leave the soup for my mom to drink. But as I grew older, I stopped doing that and have since learned to enjoy this soup in the way that it is made.
It’s a very comforting soup that I have since incorporated into my everyday life.
And now I want to share it with all of you. My hopes is that once you all try this soup, you all will like it just as much as me.
So without dragging this any longer, lets get started!
What Is Egg Drop Soup?
If you ever been to any Chinese restaurant or even some Chinese take-out spots, one special item you might find on the menu is something called an Egg Drop soup / Dan Hua Tang / 蛋花汤.
Egg Drop Soup is a popular Chinese soup dish that is beloved by many people all around the world. It is a savory soup dish that consists of chicken stock, eggs, and some seasoning. All of which provides a soup that is hearty, filling, and tastes amazing.
But what makes the soup special is actually not just the soup, but because of the beautiful egg ribbons you find inside the soup. These ribbons are beautiful to look at as they swirl around the soup looking like a piece of art.
Another signature component about this soup is that it is exceedingly yellow.
Now you might be thinking, how can a soup be so yellow?
Well in all honesty, the yellow color is nothing special and just used to help make it more attractive. Depending on where you go to get this soup, the chefs will either use yellow food coloring for that bright yellow color or turmeric powder for that darker yellow color. Both of which provides the same effect.
Without the yellow food coloring or the use of turmeric powder, the soup will actually be clear/darkish brown in color.
How To Make The Egg Ribbons?
The ribbons in egg drop soup is probably the signature part about this entire soup.
After all, who doesn’t like looking at beautiful strands of yellow egg flowing around their soup? It is amazing!
On first look, the ribbons might seem like a daunting thing to do, but in fact they are actually quite easy to make.
There are actually many different ways you can produce the ribbons with the most popular way being as how you simply just pour the egg mixture straight into the soup while stirring things around.
However my preferred method is to actually use chopsticks!
The reason why I chose chopsticks is because in my opinion, it is a lot easier for you to get the ribbon texture and shape when using the chopsticks. Basically all you do is lay out a few chopsticks across your pot to make some lines. Then you just pour the egg mixture down into the cracks of the chopsticks and it’ll flow and create the beautiful ribbons you know and love.
Or if you don’t have chopsticks, you can use a fork and pour the mixture through the holes of the fork. It’ll produce the same effect.
Ingredients To Make Egg Drop Soup
The ingredients to make Egg Drop soup / Dan Hua Tang / 蛋花汤 are all really easy to find. Almost all supermarkets you visit will be able to carry all the ingredients you’ll nee to make this soup.
The ingredients you’ll need are as followed:
- Eggs – 4 Large Eggs
- Chicken Broth – 4 Cups Chicken Broth
- Green Onions – Green Part Only Chopped Into Tiny Pieces
- Ginger – 1 Slice Ginger
- Sugar – 1/4 Teaspoon
- White Ground Pepper – 1/4 Teaspoon
- Salt – 1/4 Teaspoon
- Corn Starch – 2 Tablespoon
- Water – 1/4 Cup Water
- Sesame Oil – 1 Teaspoon
- Turmeric Powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
And that’s basically it!
How To Make Egg Drop Soup
Making Egg Drop soup / Dan Hua Tang / 蛋花汤 is a relatively simple thing to do.
The process to make this soup consists of:
First you’ll want to prep your egg mixture.
Crack 4 eggs into a bowl and lightly beat it. Then set it aside.
Next, you’ll want to pour your chicken broth into a large pot and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
Once the broth starts boiling, you’ll want to add in your sesame oil, salt, sugar, ground white pepper, ginger. Then stir things around and let it cook for another minute or so.
After that, add in your turmeric. This will give your Egg Drop Soup that nice yellow color which makes it attractive.
While you’re soup is still cooking, you’ll want to prepare your cornstarch mixture. So grab a small bowl and add in the cornstarch and water. Stir things around until the cornstarch is completely dissolved.
Then add the cornstarch mixture into your soup.
Now for the final step, which is making the egg ribbons.
You can either use the chopstick method, the fork method, or the pouring method. I will explain all three of these down below.
- Chopstick Method – Place 2 to 3 chopsticks across the top of the pot. Then grab your egg mixture and pour it between the cracks of the chopsticks to create the ribbons.
- Fork Method – Grab a Fork and place it over the pot. Then grab your egg mixture and pour it between the cracks of the fork to create the ribbons.
- Pouring Method – Simply stir the soup around while pouring the egg mixture straight down the middle of the pot.
Once you have poured the egg mixture into the pot, stir the entire soup around immediately which will help create the ribbons.
Once you have created the ribbons, you can turn off the heat.
Serve the soup in a bowl and top it some chopped green onions.
How To Store/Keep For Future Use
Storing this amazing Egg Drop soup / Dan Hua Tang / 蛋花汤 dish is actually a really simple thing to do.
Basically you’ll want to wait till the soup cools down first before you store it. Then put the soup into an airtight container with a lid or a pot with a lid. Once you have covered the soup properly, you can store it in the fridge where it will be good for up to 3 days.
As for freezing, I would not recommend freezing this soup as the consistency and texture will change. And not for the best, which is why I would always recommend just refrigerating this dish if you can.
As for re-heating this dish, it is pretty simple to do.
All you have to do is pour the soup back into a pot and heat it over medium-high heat on the stove for a few minutes. Once the soup is hot enough, then it is ready to serve.
Egg Drop Soup Recipe (Dan Hua Tang 蛋花汤)
- 4 Eggs
- 4 Cup Chicken Broth
- 2 Stalks Green Onions Green part only chopped into tiny pieces.
- 1 Slice Ginger
- 1/4 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
- First thing you'll want to do is prep your Egg Mixture.Grab a bowl and crack 4 eggs into it. Then lightly beat the eggs and set it aside.
- Next, pour your chicken broth into a large pot and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Once the broth is boiling, add in the sesame oil, salt, sugar, ground white pepper and ginger. Stir things around for a minute or so.
- Then add in your turmeric powder. This will give you your yellow coloring that you find so amazing.
- While your broth is still cooking, you'll want to prep your cornstarch mixture.Into a bowl, mix together your cornstarch and water together until the cornstarch fully dissolves.Then pour the cornstarch mixture into the broth.
- Now it's time to make your egg ribbons.You can use the chopstick method, fork method or the pouring method.(Choose One)Chopstick Method – Place a few chopsticks across the pot and pour the egg mixture between the cracks.Fork Method – Grab a fork and hold it above the pot. Then pour the egg mixture through the cracks of the fork.Pouring Method – Stir the broth around while pouring in the lightly beaten egg mixture.
- Once you pour your egg mixture into the broth, stir the contents around for a minute or so to help create the egg ribbons.
- After that, turn off the heat.Scoop some soup into a bowl and top with some chopped green onions.Serve immediately.
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