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Vietnamese Tomato Egg Drop Soup Recipe (Canh Ca Chua Trung)

Updated on March 16, 2012

Pork and silky strands of egg swim in rich tomato and onion flavored broth. This is one of the quickest and easiest soup one can make. This is a hearty soup. Creamy, rich, tangy and colorful. Its delicious and beautiful too.

If fresh tomatoes are not available, then substitute it with canned tomatoes. It's important to add the eggs at the end of cooking process or just before serving, to produce a smooth, delicate and silky strands.


What You Need

Serves 4 - 6


1 lbs ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped

6 oz ground pork

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp fish sauce

6 cups water

2 eggs, lightly beaten

5 cilantro, chopped

ground black pepper

How to Fix

  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and onion. Cook for 4 -5 minutes or until soft, translucent and fragrant.
  • Add in tomatoes and salt. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes have turned into a thick mixture. Lower the heat to prevent the tomatoes from sticking.
  • Add the ground pork and fish sauce in. Use a spatula to break the pork into small pieces. Then add water and bring to a boil in high heat. Skim and discard any floating foam and scum.
  • Lower the heat. Continue to cook and simmer for about 15 minutes or the broth is fragrant and rich. Turn off the heat.
  • Before serving, reheat the soup. If necessary, add extra salt. Turn off the heat and pour the lightly beaten egg onto the soup. Stir gently to break it up into smaller pieces.
  • Serve the soup in a bowl. Garnish with chopped cilantro and ground black pepper.


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      Kate 5 years ago

      I cooked this tonight and it was a hit. I added soft tofu , cilantro with its roots. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing.


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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      great hub. great recipe. can't wait to try it out. thanks for sharing.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      Donna Sundblad: You are welcome

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      I love egg drop soup, and I like recipes that are quick. I'm going to have to give this one a try. Thanks so much for the great recipes you share.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      YOu are welcome

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      This sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing this, I'll have to give it a try.