Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup
Bee Yinn Low


  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 1 cup  plus 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 3/4 cup  homemade or store-bought chicken broth
  • 1/2  tomato, diced
  • dashes white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt, or to taste
  • large eggs, beaten lightly

The egg drop soup served at Jesse, a little restaurant frequented by Chinese food connoisseurs in Shanghai, China, is mild and refreshing, with the sweet tang of fresh tomatoes. My recipe closely replicates the version I had in Shanghai, but slightly thickened with cornstarch. It’s eggy, soothing, and utterly comforting, especially on a cold day.


In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of the water. Stir to blend well. Set aside.

In a pot, bring the chicken broth and remaining water to a boil. Add the tomato, white pepper, and salt. Thicken the soup with the cornstarch mixture. Stir the soup with a ladle and turn off the heat.

Swirl the beaten eggs into the soup and immediately stir around 3 times with a pair of chopsticks. Cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid for 2 minutes. The eggs should be cooked and form into silken threads.

Portion into individual serving bowls and serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

92 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 15g 23%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 4g 22%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 6g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 24g 48%
  • Cholesterol 385mg 128%
  • Sodium 1,921mg 80%
  • Calcium 87mg 9%
  • Magnesium 40mg 10%
  • Potassium 726mg 21%
  • Iron 3mg 17%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 330mg 47%
  • Vitamin A 190µg 21%
  • Vitamin C 9mg 16%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 14%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 49%
  • Niacin (B3) 7mg 35%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 24%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 77µg 19%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 15%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 6µg 7%
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