Recipe: Egg Drop Soup


One of those recipes that looks *not quite* as good as it tastes. Don't be shallow when it comes to how food looks though, otherwise you'll miss out on tasty beauties like this soup.


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 150 g sweetcorn
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1 bunch spring onions
  • 3 eggs
prepare the chicken

Step 1

Prepare The Chicken

Cut the breasts and legs off of the chicken. Place the whole chicken carcass and the breasts and legs into a huge saucepan and cover with cold water. Peel and halve the onion, carrot and celery, then add into the pan with the peppercorns and bay leaves.

cook chicken and stock

Step 2

Cook Chicken And Stock

Heat to a very gentle simmer and after 10 minutes scoop out the chicken breasts and after another 10 minutes remove the legs, allowing both to cool. Simmer the remainder of the stock for another hour.

strain the stock

Step 3

Strain The Stock

Strain the stock through a colander to remove the big bits, then again through a fine sieve to leave you with a clear stock and heat to a boil.

add the egg

Step 4

Add The Egg

Dribble in the beaten egg as you whisk and as the soup boils to create the silky egg-drop texture.

add chicken and veg

Step 5

Add Chicken And Veg

Strip the chicken meat into small pieces and return to the soup along with the sweetcorn and sliced spring onions.

garnish and serve!

Step 6

Garnish And Serve!

Wash and finely slice the coriander. Stir into the soup along with the sesame oil and then season to taste before serving. Serves 4

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