Chinese Egg Drop Chicken Soup

It’s not just during winter or cooler weather when I crave soup – there’s something about the comforting warmth that gets me every time! This super-simple version of the Chinese restaurant classic is ideal for a lunchtime fix, as a starter or as a side dish to the main event. Its aromatic broth and shredded chicken is food for the soul!


Chinese Egg Drop Chicken Soup

5 minutes
40 minutes

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 chicken thigh fillets

6 cups chicken stock

2 spring onions (scallions), bruised, plus extra finely sliced spring onion to serve

4cm (1.57 inches) piece ginger, sliced

1 tbsp dried shrimp

2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)

¼ tsp ground white pepper

tiny pinch of turmeric

1 tsp sea salt

4 eggs, beaten

1 tsp sesame oil

  • Step 1

    Heat the vegetable oil in a stock pot over high heat. Add the chicken fillets and cook 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Add the chicken broth, spring onion, ginger and dried shrimp. Bring to a simmer, then turn the heat to medium and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside for later. Discard the ginger pieces, spring onions and dried shrimp.

  • Step 2

    Combine the cornstarch, white pepper, turmeric, sea salt and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Whisk until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Pour into the soup and mix well.

  • Step 3

    Bring the soup to a gentle simmer and then drizzle the egg into the soup. Allow to set for a couple of seconds before breaking up with a spoon. Turn the heat off.

  • Step 4

    Drizzle over the sesame oil and sprinkle with the extra spring onion.

  • Step 5

    Serve warm.

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What our customers say

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Delicious spring rolls!!


I made these tonight but I used egg roll wrappers instead because they didn’t have the spring roll wrappers at the store and they were soooooo yummy!!! I doubled the recipe and I’m glad I did so we can have more tomorrow! Every recipe I make of Marion’s is spot on delicious and she’s my go to chef for so many recipes I’ve tried and I just love her!

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Michelle Ashley

Awesome comfort food


Super easy and so delicious!

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Easy-Peasy Wonderful Egg Drop Soup


I’ve made this several times and it has always turned out better than the local Chinese restaurants for a fraction of the price.

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