Drop an egg in your soup and make ‘egg drop soup’

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For egg drop soup, a beaten egg is stirred into hot soup until congealed egg flakes swirl through the soup. Simple, genius or worth a try? All.

Chinese classic

In China, egg drop soup is a classic in restaurants or as a warming takeaway in inclement weather. Fun fact: if you literally translate the Chinese term for the dish, you would get the word egg flower soup .

This refers to the way the egg solidifies in the soup: by stirring well, the egg spreads like small flowers in the broth. In Chinese cuisine, the stock is often topped off with some toppings such as spring onions, sesame seeds or fried wonton strips. And if the soup can be dressed up a bit, corn and/or seaweed are the usual options.

The Italian way: stracciatella alla romana

Funnily enough, in Italy they have their own version of this dish: stracciatella alla romana. There, this is a popular dish at Christmas and Easter, especially in the central Italy region. Knowing that here too the basis is formed by pure broth and egg, you understand that this is a textbook example of a dish from the cucina povera, the poor man’s kitchen.

In fact, not very different from the Chinese variant, although the difference is in a typical Italian addition: parmesan. It is grated and stirred into the egg mixture. This way you get an umami-rich soup that is often served as an appetizer.

Making egg drop soup

Whichever version you prefer, such a soup is in any case an ultimate satisfying dish. That satisfaction is already in the making (especially that moment when you see the egg immediately solidifying in the soup is worth gold) and of course also in the taste. Steaming broth: elegant strings of egg, the kick of the pepper…: quite a comforting dish, in all its simplicity.

Do you want to prepare it yourself? While the simplicity of the dish hardly requires a recipe, you can always follow The Woks of Life ‘s instructions . For the Italian version, we refer to Giallo Zafferano ‘s recipe (use the translate button).

More delicious soups:

  • All about pozole: a fantastic soup from Mexican cuisine
  • warm yogurt soup with spinach and chili butter
  • Indonesian bakso (soup with rice noodles and chicken balls)


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