Recipe: Marian Burros’ Chinese Egg Drop Soup

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Every Thursday on the Good Food Blog we share a recipe from our archives.  Food writer and author Marian Burros first shared this recipe for Chinese Egg Drop Soup with us on May 17, 2003.

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Chinese Egg Drop Soup
6 cups

6 cups Chicken Soup (recipe to follow)

1/4-inch thick slice fresh ginger

3 lightly beaten eggs

2 tsp dry sherry

3 green onions, which and light green parts, finely chopped

Toasted or Asian sesame oil for garnish

Make the chicken soup with a slice of ginger, or add a slice of ginger to the soup when you reheat it. Bring the soup to a boil. Remove the ginger and discard.

Whisk the eggs with the sherry. Slowly pour the eggs into the boiling soup in a steam, stirring back and forth (not around) with a pair of chopsticks until all the eggs have been added. Remove the soup from the heat and allow to sit for 30 seconds.

Ladle the soup into bowls, top each serving with some of the green onions, and drizzle a few drops of the sesame oil on top of eat bowl.

Chicken Soup
6 cups

3 to 4 pounds chicken parts

3 carrots, washed

3 stalks celery, washed and cut into thirds

1 large sliced onion

4 sprigs parsley

6 peppercorns

1 sprig thyme

1 sprig rosemary

1 sage leaf

Salt and finely ground black pepper to taste

6 cups water

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain the broth through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Chill for several hours.

Remove the soup from the refrigerator and skim the fat from the soup. Reheat and serve.

*You can use any combination of chicken parts in this recipe. The soup will keep a couple of days in the refrigerator, or a month in the freezer.