This restaurant style egg drop soup is easy, authentic, and ready in 15 minutes! Made with fresh eggs, chicken stock, and corn. An authentic restaurant style egg drop soup!
This restaurant style egg drop soup is an easy, delicious Asian soup that's ready in only 15 minutes! Made with delicate ribbons of egg, sweet corn, diced carrots, and a hint of garlic and ginger.
What makes this restaurant style egg drop soup is how the egg ribbons are created. It's all about the technique when adding the eggs and how you swirl the soup. Adding the corn adds a bit of sweetness and texture which is a great addition to this soup.
The finishing touch is a drizzle of toasted sesame oil which adds richness and nuttiness.
Some people refer to this as egg flower soup since the beaten eggs resemble a flower blossoming while it's being drizzled into the soup.
What I love most about this recipe is:
- It's a quick and easy recipe with all the authentic flavors of restaurant style egg drop soup!
- Made with ingredients you most likely have at home.
- A great way to sneak in some vegetables. Add corn, carrots, and peas to this soup. They taste amazing!
- It's a great make ahead soup that can be reheated in the microwave.
Egg Drop Soup Ingredients
- Eggs - use large, fresh eggs
- Stock - use chicken stock or vegetable stock
- Corn - adds sweetness and a bit of texture
- Cornstarch - used as a thickener; mix with water to make a cornstarch slurry
- White pepper and sesame oil - gives this soup authentic flavors, just like how it's served at Chinese restaurants
How to Make Egg Drop Soup
- Start by beating the eggs in a measuring cup with a spout. The spout will help with pouring the eggs into the soup later.
- Add the garlic, ginger, and oil into a heated pot. This is to flavor the oil so that the egg flower soup has a subtle hint of garlic and ginger without overpowering the delicate soup. Remove the garlic and ginger after 1 or 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken stock, carrots, sugar, and white pepper into the pan and bring it to a simmer.
- Once it simmers, add the cornstarch slurry to the stock and stir until the soup thickens.
- Next, slowly swirl the soup in one direction so that it creates a 'whirlpool'. This will help create thin, long strands of egg ribbons.
- Slowly drizzle half the eggs into the broth while continuing to stir in one direction. The stirring helps create the egg ribbons or in the soup. Wait 30 seconds so the eggs finish cooking, and then slowly drizzle in the other half of the eggs the same way.
- Add the corn and toasted sesame oil.
- Garnish with chopped scallions cut on the bias.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Expert tips and tricks
- Add the beaten eggs one half at a time because it prevents them from sticking together and forming lumps.
- Pour the eggs in slowly to avoid big pieces of eggs. A measuring cup with a spout helps.
- Swirl the soup in one direction the entire time. I like using chopsticks for this because it helps separate the beaten eggs and creates beautiful, delicate egg ribbons or egg flowers, as it's also called. This is key to getting restaurant style egg drop soup.
- Stir slowly so you get long ribbons of egg. If you stir too fast, this will break up the eggs and you'll end up with small pieces.
Storing & reheating leftovers
Store leftovers in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it covered in the microwave.
More soup recipes to try:
- 15 Minute Asian Chicken Noodle Soup
- Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
- 15 Minute Sweet Corn Soup
More takeout favorites:
- The Best Chicken Lo Mein
- Yaki Udon - Stir Fried Udon Noodles
- Kimchi Fried Rice with Spam
- Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken
- Panda Express Mushroom Chicken
Egg Drop Soup - Easy and Authentic
- 3 to 4 large eggs
- ½ cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 ½ tablespoons water
- 2 stalks green onions - chopped, for garnish
- salt to taste
- 4 cups chicken stock - or vegetable stock
- 2 cloves garlic - minced
- 2 teaspoon vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon white pepper - or black pepper
- ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder - (optional) for color
- Mix the eggs: Scramble the eggs in a container with a spout for easy pouring. Set it aside.3 to 4 large eggs
- Make soup base: Heat a large pot over medium heat and sauté the garlic with oil. Then add the stock, sugar, white pepper, and turmeric powder (if using). Bring to a boil over high heat, then add the mixed frozen vegetables.4 cups chicken stock, 2 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoon vegetable oil, ½ teaspoon sugar, ⅛ teaspoon white pepper, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ½ cup frozen mixed vegetables
- Thicken with cornstarch: Make a cornstarch slurry by mixing the cornstarch and water together. Once the soup is simmering, add the slurry and stir until the soup thickens.2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch, 2 ½ tablespoons water
- Add egg ribbons: Slowly swirl the soup in one direction so that it looks like a whirlpool.Slowly drizzle half the eggs in a thin stream while continuing to swirl. Wait 30 seconds for the eggs to cook, then repeat with the other half. See Note 1.
- Serve: Taste and adjust with salt as needed. Garnish with chopped green onions and add toasted sesame oil. Serve and enjoy!2 stalks green onions, ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
✎ Recipe Notes
- Egg ribbons - Slowly pouring the eggs while stirring helps create long, thin ribbons typically seen in restaurant-style egg drop soup. Avoid pouring too fast as it can create lumps that look like scrambled eggs.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.
So yummy! Best egg drop soup recipe.
Thanks Elaine! So glad to hear that! 🙂
If i were to add silken tofu to this recipe do you think i should add before the egg or after? Thanks! This looks so good
Hi Naomi! I would add the silken tofu after the egg. If you add it before, it might break apart too much when swirling the soup to make the 'egg ribbons.' Also you might want to adjust the amount of stock added since silken tofu has quite a bit of liquid itself. Hope that helps and you enjoy this recipe!
This soup is delicious, and so much easier than I ever would have expected. I really appreciated your tips for getting the perfect egg ribbons - the chopstick tip was amazing!
Love the flavours, and it was a lovely and warming dish.
I’ve never had Egg Flower Soup with carrots so I left them out along with the corn. I did use peas and followed the instructions the rest of the way. It was almost as good as my favorite takeout I still gave a 5 star because I did change the veggies up, but don’t think that should have made any difference.
Thanks Mimi! So glad you liked it and that's a great idea to add peas. 🙂
I didn't know making egg drop soup would be so easy! I followed your instructions and it worked out fabulously - as good OR BETTER than my fav takeout place!
So easy to make, and so delicious - better than anything I have had from takeout. Will be making this egg drop soup from scratch from now on!
LOVE this quick, easy and delicious soup. I have never tried making egg drop soup at home because of the worry of making scrambled egg soup. But with your detailed recipe, it was a success! The eggs turned out just like they should and it tasted so good!
I was craving this so much! This was so quick and easy to make! It tasted great and i love how much egg there was!
This egg drop soup was so easy and just as delicious as when I order this at a restaurant! This is the best egg drop soup recipe I've tried!
Your recipes are always so amazing Jamie!! I love the authentic nature of this soup and I can't wait to give it a go. The pics are awesome as they tell me exactly what I need to do to recreate this awesome dish. Thanks lady x