Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

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A few readers have requested for easy and quick weekday meal recipes. Like many of you who work full-time, I find it quite challenging to cook a “real” meal on weeknights because of the constraints in time and resource. However, it can also be fun and rewarding if you know how to whip up sometime quick with what you have.

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

Case in point, when hurricane Sandy hit New York, I was stuck home for a few days. After I ran out of the stock I started to put together simple meals with whatever I could find in my fridge and cabinets. Pretty soon I was left with only some chicken stock, eggs, and dried seaweed. Since I couldn’t make anything brilliant with those ingredients I ended up making a egg drop soup with the seaweed. It turned to be the best decision I ever made J

This seaweed egg drop is a classic Chinese homemade soup dish eaten in most part of China. The combination of the seaweed flavor and the egg drop soup reminds me of childhood comfort food. The seaweed used in the soup is a particular variety of dried seaweed called zicai (紫菜). You should be able to find it in many Chinese grocery stores.

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

In this recipe I also used some dried baby shrimp. Compared to regular dried shrimp, the dried baby shrimp is lighter-colored and have a less intense of flavor, adding just right amount of savory to the soup.

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

As I mentioned, this dish is extremely easy to make that you can probably make it in less than 10 minutes. Definite give it a try if you are looking for a quick weekday dish!

1. In a soup pot, combine the chicken stock with the sliced ginger. Bring to boil

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

2.Tear the zicai / dried seaweed into smaller pieces and drop into the stock. Stir gently. Turn the heat to simmer. Add dried baby shrimp (optional)

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

3.Thicken the soup with corn starch. Slowly drop in egg and gently whisk with a fork. Turn off the heat immediate to not overcook the egg. Flavor the soup with salt and pepper

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

Garnish with chopped scallion when serving

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of zicai / dried seaweed (??)
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • 3 cup chicken stock
  • Sliced ginger
  • 2 tbsp corn starch, mixed with 3 tbsp of water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried baby shrimp
  • Chopped scallion for garnishing

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot, combine the chicken stock with the sliced ginger. Bring to boil
  2. Tear the zicai / dried seaweed into smaller pieces and drop into the stock. Stir gently. Turn the heat to simmer. Add dried baby shrimp (optional)
  3. Thicken the soup with corn starch. Slowly drop in egg and gently whisk with a fork. Turn off the heat immediate to not overcook the egg. Flavor the soup with salt and pepper
  4. Garnish with chopped scallion when serving
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Seaweed Egg Drop Soup (紫菜蛋花湯)

36 comments

  1. I like to add black beans in chili oil to add an earthiness and a bit of heat. White pepper is good as well as Sichuan pepper. I use dried sardines as a sub for the shrimp sometimes. Hey thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. Hi Yi! This soup is really great – however, as I have no Asian supermarkets near me, I had to use something else for the seaweed. Using spinach for it is still very good, and adding a little bit of white pepper made this soup a star with my family!

    Thank you for the upload, and hoping to make a successful hot pot tomorrow using your recipe. :)

    • Hello Chen, thanks for the feedback. I think the spinach works very good with egg drop soup. I’ve done a similar soup and I like it alot. I am looking forward to hearing your feedback on the hotpot recipe :)

  4. Hi Yi,
    I just found your blog today and I think it is great.
    I am trying to cook today 2 courses from your webpage.
    Seaweed egg-drop soup and Peking sauce pork and rice.
    I would love to try again Xi’an Jiaozi.
    I ate them when I was travelling around China many years ago.
    There was in Xi’an, in very small local bar. It was served with very hot soya sauce, 2 drops of the sauce and it I could hardly eat it.
    The taste of this simple dish was so perfect I still miss it.
    Maybe you know this recipe.
    all the best
    Ra’deck

    • Hello Ra’deck, thanks for your comments. I am so happy to hear that you were going to try those two recipes. These are some of my long time favorites. Please let me know how they came out! Regarding the Xi’an jaozi, do you have any more descriptions for me to research? Are they just like regular dumplings? What is in the sauce? I would love to find out for you if you can provide a little more information. Thanks.

  5. My family like this simple & tasty soup. You can add tofu & shiitake mushroom too, try it. :)

    • hi Earlene, i totally agree. I’ve made this soup with tofu and shiitake mushroom before and it came out excellent. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe and thanks for the good pictures!

    I was searching the Net for some information about a package of some seaweed I have bought a long time ago. All it siad was “chinese red algae”, and I haven’t got a clue how to use it. I needed some seaweed for a fish recipe. Now I know! Thank you.

    Btw. It seems you just drop in the zicai and then it is ready to eat in no time. But can it tolerate extensive cooking? 10-15 min or more perhaps? you dont wash it before using it, is it right?

    Bye from Denmark (were noone eats seaweed, except me!)

    • Hello Lasse,

      I am glad to find that I have a reader from Denmark (a truly beautiful country and I have “traveled” a good part of the country through google earth).

      The zicai requires little cooking. I normally let it cook for no more than 3 minute as it gets a little tougher the longer you cook. As for washing, I normally buy the package that says wash-free. If you find your zicai sandy just quickly rinse it in cold water before you cook it.

      Hope you get to cook this soup!

  7. I like this soup too! Simple yet so soothing and comforting, esp. on a cold winter night.

  8. Your egg drop soup looks beautiful Yi! When I started to make this soup, my egg wasn’t pretty… not fluffy at all. After many practice (sort of), I finally can make fluffy soft egg. I’ve never used this type of seaweed (there are so many kinds of seaweed!), and so glad you shared it with us. I love the use of dried shrimp too. I only have “sakura ebi” (small shrimp we use for Japanese cooking) but I’ll check this type of shrimp in Chinese market next time. We’d love this soup!!

  9. Love this soup…easy and fast…and so tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe Yi.
    Have a great week!

  10. Very nice and simple soup dish, I love it

  11. What a healthy and warming recipe :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  12. wow! yi this is so good! let yi recipes keep coming!

  13. wow! yi this is so good! more more more yi recipes!

  14. Egg drops soup is always comfort to me, but adding seaweed and dry shrimps I know that is packed with a lots of flavor! Looks very delicious!

  15. This is my kind of soup. Simply delightful! I love them with a couple of steamed buns for the lunch.

  16. I noticed the ying yang in your bowl of soup, nice touch Yi! I absolutely love egg drop seaweed soup, it’s always so comforting to come to your blog and see dishes I grew up with, keep up with the great work!

  17. a chinese classic that I love, simple and healthy (:

  18. This looks like such a terrific soup! And so quick to make. I don’t often use seaweed in my own cooking, but always enjoy it when I eat at restaurants – I really need to start using it at home, too. Good stuff – thanks.

    • Hi kitchenriffs, i always have some seaweed sitting around my kitchen for emergencies. It stores very well so you can keep a package of it for months. Definitely give it a try next time:)

  19. This is such a healthy and simple recipe. Perfect for a cold winter night. :)

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