Recipe: Egg drop soup

Serves: 6
Course: Starter
Cooking Time: 0 hr 30 mins
  • Egg drop soup
  • Serve 4-6
  • 2 pints of stock, ideally chicken but vegetable is fine too
  • 3 thick slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 3 tbsp chives or small spring onions, very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste 

Pour the stock in a medium-sized saucepan then add the sliced ginger, star anise and Chinese five spice. Simmer the stock gently for about half an hour to let the flavours develop.

Crack the eggs into a jug and whisk till well combined.

Finely chop the spring onions or chives. Set aside. When you are ready to eat, remove the stock from the heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the star anise and ginger slices. Carefully pour the egg into the hot broth, whisking all the time, quickly and thoroughly until thin ribbons of egg appear and all of the raw egg  mix is added. Add the sesame oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into bowls and scatter the chives and sesame seeds over the top. This soup doesn’t keep or reheat well so serve right away.

Lilly Higgins

Lilly Higgins

Lilly Higgins, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a food writer