Using Chinese Eggs in Recipes – How to Save Money and Have Delicious Food

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If this recipe isn’t new to you, egg drop soup (also known as dumplings in Chinese) is a standard staple in Chinese restaurants around the United States. In it’s most basic form, it is usually made using lightly-seasoned cooked chicken or meat, mixed with fresh bamboo shoots or shiitake mushrooms in a stock made with meat or chicken stock. When simmering, these mushrooms and stock also serve as thick, soupy bases for the egg drop soup, which may not have additional vegetables or meat in it. The soup is typically served with small steamed white rice, which is also a traditional side dish for dumplings. Although the egg drop base is what makes it, the real star of the show is the flavorful egg whites.

Ingredients For Egg Group Soup

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An egg drop soup recipe that I love to prepare is one that includes various types of meats, mushrooms and vegetables, along with either white or yellow ginger, shaoxing wine or soy sauce. Typically, you’ll also include noodles in this recipe, such as Chinese noodles or macaroni, and will heat up for around four to five hours, depending on the size of the ingredients that you include. This meal can be a great option for lunch because of the rich flavor that it has, especially if you pair it with some steamed white rice.

Gather Some Of Your Ingredients

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For this recipe, you’ll want to gather some of your ingredients before you start preparing. Typically, you’ll start by preparing your chicken or beef stock, reduce the amount of ginger that you use, cover your clay pot and add in your shaoxing wine or soy sauce. Then, you’ll want to set your pot on the stove and bring it to a boil, but keep an eye on the pot so that it doesn’t boil over. Once it does, simply allow the contents to simmer for approximately five minutes, then cover the pot and let it simmer another five minutes, until it’s done.


This dish is very easy to prepare, and it’s also relatively inexpensive. When you go online and search for this particular recipe, you’ll find that it’s one of the more popular options out there. This is certainly a comfort food that you can enjoy on a cold winter’s night, but it’s also a great option for those who are trying to lose weight or have been dieting. The nice thing about this recipe, besides the fact that it’s rather simple to make, is that you can add different items to it to enhance the flavor, such as diabetic friendly flours or soy sauce. If you are trying to eat healthier, you may wish to consider reducing the amount of calories by adding in celery and other items.

Summing Up 

While there are many egg drop soup recipes that call for large quantities of chicken, it is definitely true that this dish can be made for a small number of people, particularly those on a diet. When you prepare this meal, it is important to use the freshest available ingredients. If you find that the ingredients are hard to find or expensive at the supermarket, you can always cook the dish in a pressure cooker or a regular stove.

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