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Egg Drop Soup Easy to Make

Updated on December 28, 2012

Egg Drop Soup

Hot and tasty soup.
Hot and tasty soup. | Source

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Hot Satisfying Egg Drop Soup

It is cold outside and a hot nourishing soup made from chicken broth is just what the body craves. Who knew it would be this easy to make your very own egg drop soup? Well, it is easy to make.

You may use store bought broth or easily and inexpensively make your own!

Previously, I wrote about how you can take the store rotisserie chicken left over bones and make an easy rich healthy chicken broth. Now, here is just one way to use that lovely chicken broth. Here are the instructions on how to make the broth.

Homemade or Store Bought Broth Your Choice

Use the store bought box or can variety of chicken broth. The one thing that I would not recommend is the granules or cubes of broth. Those are not savory enough to stand on their own in this recipe. I do use the granules or cubes of broth as an addition to many recipes, though. They just are not flavorful enough to carry egg drop soup.

As you can see this soup is quick and easy. Here is how to make it:

Cook Time

Prep time: 4 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 14 min
Yields: 2-4 servings (large or small)




  • 1/2 quart homemade chicken broth
  • 1/2 quart filtered water, DO NOT add water to commercial made broth use full strength 1 quart
  • 2 egg whites, separate from yolks
  • 6 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1/4 C. filtered water
  • dash salt and pepper
  • dashes to taste soy sauce, served with not IN soup

Mmmmm Smells Good!


Easy to Make Egg Drop Soup

  1. Combine the broth and the water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.
  2. Whisk the cornstarch and water together. Whisk into the hot soup a bit at a time. Bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to a low boil and whisk for about 2 minutes while the cornstarch cooks into the soup.
  3. Toss in the chopped green onions and whisk. Reduce heat to just warming.
  4. Separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites until slightly frothy
  5. Remove the pot from heat and drizzle in a bit at a time the egg whites.
  6. Serve at table with salt and pepper and soy sauce

Gourmet House of Hong Kong Egg Drop Soup

Soy sauce was added at the table
Soy sauce was added at the table | Source

Chinese in Origin

China is a huge country and has regional cooking just like the USA does. Egg drop soup is mostly a northern China hot soup. However, it is just as popular all over China as it is in the rest of the world.

The Chinese version of the Egg Drop soup comes in many types. Different regions add ingredients that they have on-hand. Often other ingredients may include tofu and tomato. I have made this with already cooked mushrooms as well. For an extra kick use white pepper as it is stronger.

This soup was very popular during the Great Depression of the 1930’s in the USA. I would suspect this is so because it is another way of using food efficiently and getting all the good nutrition out of the chicken. It is also very inexpensive to make.

However, the soup above is mostly what we find here in the USA. It is a traditional USA Chinese restaurant egg drop soup. Here is the soup from our favorite Chinese Restaurant here in Phoenix Arizona, Gourmet House of Hong Kong.

Easy Clean-Up

Easy clean-up
Easy clean-up | Source


We all know that Grandma’s traditional chicken noodle soup is very good for you when you have a nasty cold. Egg drop soup is known to be very good for you when you have a cold or other inflammatory illness. Dr. Andrew Weil is a fan of chicken soup as a remedy for what ails you too.

Many cultures serve soup as a first course. It is considered wise to warm up your stomach at the beginning of the meal in order to facilitate digestive action. Try having a small cup of soup before you have a meal if you have tummy problems. It also helps fill you up.

So, why not help your body prepare for the meal? This soup may be able to help you ward off the winter colds. It is worth a tasty try! Preventative medicine is the best.

So, there are many reasons to eat this yummy soup!


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      NMLady 5 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      Thanks for all the nice comments!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for your great swing of a family favorite.

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I loved this article NMLady! Not only do I love Egg Drop Soup, your method of creation is simple and amazing... plus you have all these little tips... like warming up your tummy before eating... Awesome.. I can so see this Hub of the Day!

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      minababe 5 years ago

      I love egg drop soup-- that and hot and sour soup are my favorite!