Tomato Egg Noodle Soup

how to make chinese tomato egg soup noodles recipe

Tomato Egg Noodle Soup is nutritious, comforting, and tasty Chinese noodle dish that only requires 3 main ingredients and 20 minutes of your time.

For many of us who grew up in China in the 90s, tomato egg noodle soup aka 番茄雞蛋面 was probably one of the ultimate comfort foods that people of my generation nourished on. It’s a timeless dish that has never gone out of style akin to foods like grilled cheese sandwich or peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the America.

What makes this noodle soup dish so good is the broth. That simple combination of scrambled egg and sliced tomato magically yields a delicious, tangy, and aromatic broth that you won’t believe there are only two ingredients.

how to make chinese tomato egg soup noodles recipe

The soup is best served with fresh wheat or egg noodles. If you don’t have them handy, check out my simple handmade noodle recipe. Otherwise, you can also use dried noodles or regular pasta.

Because this hearty noodle dish is super easy to make and only requires 3 main ingredients and 20 minutes, it has been one of my “fallback” recipes that I can always whip up when I am short on grocery or when I just don’t want to think about cooking.

I meant to share this iconic dish a long time ago but for some reason I never did. But when I started this Egg Recipe Series a few weeks ago, I said to myself that I had to share this recipe as part of the series. If you like eggs, please make sure you check out other recipes posted under this Egg Series.

Speaking of comfort, most of us live in a world that’s far from one’s comfort zone at the moment. In the times of lockdown, economic uncertainty, and unrest, we tend to find ourselves returning to the basics and turning to our comfort foods.

What are your comfort foods in times of stress? Please share in the comments below.

how to make chinese tomato egg soup noodles recipe

Before we get started, I’d like to share a few helpful tips to help you succeed:

  1. Use fresh wheat noodles or egg noodles if you can. You can actually make your own fresh noodles if you don’t have them handy.
  2. Remove the tomato skin before cooking. There is nothing wrong with eating tomato skin but it does give this unpleasant sensation when you try to drink the soup mixed with tomato skin. See the end of the recipe to see how to easily remove the skin.
  3. Use a unsalted broth instead of water for a deeper flavor. My favorite is unsalted chicken broth but if you’d like to keep it vegetarian, it’s totally fine to use vegetable broth
  4. Add either garlic or ginger to give some kick to the broth. I personally prefer garlic which is what I suggest in the recipe.

Tomato Egg Noodle Soup

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time:5

Cook Time:15

Total Time:20

Tomato Egg Noodle Soup is nutritious, comforting, and tasty Chinese noodle dish that only requires 3 main ingredients and 20 minutes to your time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, whisked until smooth
  • 1 medium  tomato, skin removed (see instructions at the end of the recipe)
  • 1 serving (4-5oz) fresh noodle or 1 serving of dried noodle/pasta
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2tbsp cooking oil
  • 1.251 cup water or unsalted broth (see notes)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (optional, see notes)
  • chopped scallions for garnish
 

Directions:

Slice the peeled tomato into chunks.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step1Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until smooth.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step2Heat up 1.5tbsp of cooking oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the egg until almost fully cooked. Set aside. Concurrently, start boiling a pot of water for cooking noodles.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step3Heat up 0.5tbsp of oil and add cut up tomato pieces and garlic. Sautee for about two minutes until tomato is slightly welted.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step4Add 1.25 cups of water or unsalted broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step5Add the cooked eggs, salt, and white pepper powder. Stir to mix and cook for another minute. Turn off the heat.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step6Drop the noodles to boiling water and cook them according to the instructions until they reach your preferred doneness.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step7Transfer the noodles to a soup bowl. Pour the tomato egg soup onto the noodles. Optionally garnish with scallions. Serve while hot.how to make chinese tomato egg noodle step8How to Remove Skin of a TomatoBring a pot of water to boil. Wash the tomato and make cross cuts at the pointy tip of the tomato.how to remove tomato skin easily step1Drop the tomato to boiling water and bring to a boil then cook for another 20 seconds. Remove the tomato and rinse in cold water.how to remove tomato skin easily step2The skin should have large cracks along the cuts made earlier. Peel off the skin long the cracks.how to remove tomato skin easily step3
Recipe Notes
  1. Use fresh wheat noodles or egg noodles if you can. You can actually make your own fresh noodles if you don't have them handy.
  2. Remove the tomato skin before cooking. There is nothing wrong with eating tomato skin but it does give this unpleasant sensation when you try to drink the soup mixed with tomato skin. See the end of the recipe to see how to easily remove the skin.
  3. Use a unsalted broth instead of water for a deeper flavor. My favorite is unsalted chicken broth but if you'd like to keep it vegetarian, it's totally fine to use vegetable broth
  4. Add either garlic or ginger to give some kick to the broth. I personally prefer garlic which is what I suggest in the recipe.
 
how to make chinese tomato egg soup noodles recipe