Egg drop soup

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Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup.jpg
Place of origin
China
Main ingredients
Eggs, chicken broth condiments (black pepper or white pepper), scallions, tofu
Cookbook:Egg drop soup  Egg drop soup
 
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Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup.jpg
Place of origin
China
Main ingredients
Eggs, chicken broth condiments (black pepper or white pepper), scallions, tofu
Cookbook:Egg drop soup  Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup
Traditional Chinese
Literal meaningegg flower soup
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese

Egg drop soup (traditional: ; pinyin: dàn huā tāng; literally "egg flower soup") is a Chinese soup of wispy beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth. Condiments such as black pepper or white pepper, and finely chopped scallions and tofu are also commonly added. The soup is finished by adding a thin stream of beaten eggs to the boiling broth in the final moments of cooking, creating thin, silken strands or flakes of cooked egg that float in the soup. Egg drop soup using different recipes is also known as a simple-to-prepare soup in different European countries and Japan.

American Chinese cuisine[edit]

In the United States, egg drop soup is often one of the main soups offered in American Chinese cuisine, and is also called egg flower soup. Cornstarch may be used to thicken it.

Chinese cuisine[edit]

In Chinese cuisine, egg drop soups have a thinner consistency than their Western counterpart. Depending on the region, they may be garnished with ingredients such as tofu, scallion, bean sprouts and corn.

Japanese cuisine[edit]

In Japan, egg is often dropped scrambled as the topping for tsukimi (月見) udon or soba. The moon-like appearance of the whole yolk is responsible for the name, which means "moon viewing".

European cuisine[edit]

In Italy, stracciatella, a version made of egg and parmesan cheese, is a popular variant of egg drop soup.

Similarly in France le tourin, a garlic soup, is made with egg whites which are drizzled into the soup in much the same way as egg drop soup is made.

Also in Spain, the similar and traditional sopa de ajo (literally "garlic soup") uses egg whites to thicken the broth in a similar fashion.

In Austria, egg drop soup (Eierflockensuppe[1] or Eierflöckchensuppe[2]) is a simple, traditional recipe generally made for very young children or sick people. Scrambled eggs are mixed with flour and then poured into boiling soup in order to make small egg dumplings. Spices can be added to the egg-flour mixture according to taste.

In Russia, semolina is usually boiled in the chicken stock before the eggs are whisked in for the more substantial fare, and flavored with chopped scallion and black pepper. A simple egg dough dumplings similar to lazy vareniki or the Ukrainian halushky are a frequent addition in the southern regions.

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