Egg drop soup or Danhuatang is a very popular Chinese home cooking dish. Nowadays, it has becomes so popular that you can even find it throughout Chinese restaurants in the US.
Serve: 6 people
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 king oyster mushroom, cut into 1/3-inch squares
3 leaves Napa cabbage, cut into 1/3-inch squares
1 corn, sliced off the cob
1 tomato, cut into 1/3-inch squares
2 stalks scallions, the green part, minced
6 cups of chicken stock
3 tablespoons cornstarch slurry (3 tablespoons cornstarch and 3 tablespoons water)
4 eggs, separate egg whites and egg yolks into different bowls
½ teaspoon sesame oil
1 cup extra small shrimp, 61/70, peeled and deveined
a dash of rice wine
a pinch of white pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt (add more or less based on your preferences)
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon white pepper
In two separate bowls with the egg whites and egg yolks are separated, add ½ teaspoon of rice vinegar in the egg whites, and beat the egg whites. Also add ½ teaspoon of rice vinegar in the egg yolks, and beat the egg yolks. (By doing so, the egg will stay soft and tender. And we separate the egg whites and egg yolks so our egg drops soup will have the color of white and yellow.) Set aside.
To season the shrimp, in the bowl with the shrimp inside, add a dash of rice wine and a pinch of white pepper. Mix well.
To mix all the seasonings, in a bowl, add the salt, sugar, and white pepper. Put aside.
To cook the soup, in a large pot, pour in the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
Transfer in the corn, king oyster mushrooms, Napa cabbage, tomato, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables softened.
Then introduce the shrimp and seasonings. Cook over medium-high heat for about 1 minute.
Pour in the cornstarch slurry to thickening the soup. Quickly stir with a pair of chopsticks until thickened.
Turn to high heat, slowly add in the egg whites in a circular motion, and stir with your chopsticks a little. Bring to a boil. Then slowly add in the yolks in a circular motion as well, continue to stir with your chopsticks.
Lastly, add in the scallions and sesame oil. Serve!