Egg drop soup
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|Place of origin||China|
|Main ingredients||Eggs, chicken broth, condiments (black pepper or white pepper), scallions, tofu|
|Cookbook: Egg drop soup Media: Egg drop soup|
|Egg drop soup|
|Literal meaning||egg flower soup|
|Alternative Chinese name|
Egg drop soup (traditional: 蛋花湯; pinyin: dànhuātāng; 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 known to be a simple-to-prepare soup in different European countries and Japan.
American Chinese cuisine
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.
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 or Eierflöckchensuppe) 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.
In Cyprus and Greece the egg is beaten and then slowly stirred in the soup so it does not curdle. Lemon and rice are the additional ingredients besides the chicken stock to make Avgolemono soup.