Egg Drop Soup

January/February 1996

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Garlic and ginger flavor the broth of this egg drop soup.

Egg Drop Soup

Makes: 4 servings, 1 cup each

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  • 2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 4 coin-sized slices fresh ginger, unpeeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, or white peppercorns
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 46-ounce can or 3 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth, (about 5 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon rice wine, or dry sherry, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste


  1. Crush garlic cloves (do not peel) and ginger slices with the flat of a chef’s knife. Crush peppercorns with a heavy saucepan. Trim scallions and separate green and white portions; slice greens and reserve. Tuck the garlic, ginger, peppercorns and some scallion whites into a tea infuser (or cheesecloth bag) and place it in a large saucepan.
  2. Pour chicken broth and 1/3 cup rice wine (or sherry) into the saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, until reduced to 4 cups, 15 to 20 minutes, skimming off any froth that rises to the surface. Remove the tea infuser and adjust heat to maintain a simmer.
  3. Whisk egg, egg white and the remaining 1 teaspoon rice wine (or sherry) together in a small bowl. Slowly pour a steady stream of the egg mixture into the simmering broth as you stir the soup with a spoon. Remove from the heat, stir in sesame oil and season with ground pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve, garnished with scallion greens.


Per serving: 96 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 60 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 0 g fiber; 233 mg sodium; 36 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 1 fat

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