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Our quick & easy Egg Drop Wonton Soup, is a perfect lunch or dinner idea for a cold Fall or Winter day. The recipe is a combination of our two favourite Chinese soups: Egg Drop Soup and Wonton Soup.
This comforting Wonton Egg Drop Soup features flavourful ingredients like chicken broth, white pepper, sesame oil, turmeric, ginger, chives and plump pork wontons.
The eye-catching dish stands out thanks to the luscious egg “flower” ribbons that float through this comforting Chinese chicken soup.
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What Is Soup?
Soup is a liquid food, generally served warm or hot (but can also be served cold like gazpacho), that is prepared by combining meat or vegetables with stock or water.
Hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavours are extracted, creating a rich broth.
Soups are similar to stews, and in some cases there may not be a clear distinction between the two. Soups generally have more liquid (broth) than chunkier and heartier stews.
In traditional French cuisine, soups are classified into two groups: clear soups (bouillon and consomme) and thick soups (purees, bisques, veloutes).
Purées are vegetable soups thickened with starch; bisques are made from puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream; cream soups may be thickened with béchamel sauce; and veloutés are thickened with eggs, butter, and cream.
History of Soup
Evidence of the existence of soup can be found as far back as about 20,000 BC. Boiling was not a common cooking technique until the invention of waterproof containers, such as clay pots. To boil the water hot rocks were used.
The word soup comes from French soupe (broth), which comes through Vulgar Latin suppa (“bread soaked in broth”) from a Germanic source, from which also comes the word “sop”, a piece of bread used to soak up soup or a thick stew.
The word restaurant (meaning “restoring”) was first used in France in the 16th century, to refer to a highly concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors, that was advertised as a cure to physical exhaustion. In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a shop specializing in such soups. This prompted the use of the modern word restaurant for eating establishments.
In America, the first colonial cookbook was published by William Parks in Williamsburg, Virginia, in 1742, based on Eliza Smith’s The Compleat Housewife; or Accomplished Gentlewoman’s Companion, and it included several recipes for soups and bisques.
English cooking dominated early colonial cooking; but as new immigrants arrived from other countries, other national soups gained popularity. In particular, German immigrants living in Pennsylvania were famous for their potato soups. In 1794, Jean Baptiste Gilbert Payplat dis Julien, a refugee from the French Revolution, opened an eating establishment in Massachusetts called The Restorator, and became known as the “Prince of Soups”.
Travel to China by Cooking Wonton Egg Drop Soup at Home
I love traveling through Asia.
As a professional food and travel writer I’ve eaten my way through India, Maldives, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
My first visit to Asia had me living in South Korea for a year as an English teacher. That’s when I was first introduced to yummy fermented vegetables like kimchi.
In Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, I’ve slurped through steaming bowls of traditional Wonton Egg Drop Soup at restaurants and food markets.
Our authentic Wonton Egg Drop Soup recipe is a comforting Chinese Chicken Soup featuring plump pork scallion dumplings that burst with flavour.
After enjoying your first few sips, you’ll realize why a steaming bowl of Egg Drop Wonton Soup is a must-try when visiting East Asia.
Where To Eat Authentic Wonton Egg Drop Soup
If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Chinese restaurant that serves their own Egg Drop Wonton Soup recipe.
Haven’t traveled to Asia before? It may be helpful to first sample traditional Wonton Egg Drop Soup at a local restaurant to better understand how it is served. You’ll get an idea for the ideal consistency, amount of plump wontons to serve in each bowl and best garnish ideas.
You’ll also find inspiration on what to pair with Wonton Egg Drop Soup including Chinese inspired dishes like Vegan Chinese Cucumber Salad, Crispy Ginger Beef, Mapo Tofu and Dandan Noodles.
In Toronto, popular Chinese restaurants the may serve Wonton Egg Drop Soup include Not Just Noodles, Rol San, Chop Chop, Swatow, Hutaoli, Yueh Tung Hakka Restaurant and Crown Princess.
My Family Loves Egg Drop Wonton Soup
My family has a tradition of eating soup and salad for lunch on Sunday’s after getting home from church. Soup is such an simple and brainless meal to serve a busy family with kids.
My dad would often make cream of tomato soup and serve a bowl with grilled cheese sandwiches and pickles. Our family also loved slurping through bowls of Butternut Squash Soup, French Onion Soup and Chicken Noodle Soup.
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood spent in Toronto, Markham, Oakville and Muskoka are cozying up to a bowl of homemade soup with gourmet crackers, artisanal cheese and sourdough bread.
During October in Ontario we’d often visit popular Fall Fairs in Norfolk County, Niagara and Prince Edward County to go on fun rides, run through corn mazes and purchase fresh local fruits and vegetables at the peak of harvest season.
Ginger, chives and eggs are available in abundance year round in Canada but we especially love to serve this savoury soup during the chilly winter season.
The best Wonton Egg Drop Soup is full of hearty ingredients. This quick and easy Egg Drop Wonton Soup is a great way to incorporate nutritious ingredients into your diet during the colder months of the year.
Wonton Egg Drop Soup Health Benefits
Our Wonton Egg Drop Soup recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Chives are a humble herb from the onion family that are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
The star component of turmeric is curcumin, a potent phytochemical that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is often prescribed in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve arthritis, aid digestion and inhibit the growth of cancers.
Ginger contains at least 14 phytochemricals, many of which have impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a good source of copper, which supports your bones, blood and nervous system.
A useful source of copper, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus, sesame helps support circulatory, digestive and skeletal health.
Eggs contain two vital nutrients that are not present in many foods: iodine and vitamin D. Eggs are also rich in tissue-building protein and vitamin B12, which helps your body manufacture blood cells.
Chicken is high in protein and provides B vitamins such as niacin, which helps your body access the energy in foods.
Homemade Wonton Egg Drop Soup Recipe Tips
This healthy Chinese Chicken Soup is quick and easy to make at home. We’ve included a few tips for first time soup makers!
- Use a large cast iron dutch oven with a high rim to reduce splatter when cooking.
- We suggest using a high quality rubber spatula spoon when making soup so you can easily stir, scrape down the side of the pot and sip to check if it needs to be seasoned further with more salt before spooning into bowls.
- Visit a Chinese grocer to purchase fresh or frozen pork wontons. You can also substitute wontons stuffed with shrimp if you love seafood or a vegetarian variety featuring tofu and mushrooms.
- We wanted to write a quick & easy soup recipe so suggest using store-bought wontons. If you like to make all your meals from scratch, why not try making your own homemade pork wontons?
- If you’d like to make the recipe spicy, feel free to add additional white peppercorns or your favourite chili sauce. If you have a few hot peppers loitering in your fridge you can fry them quickly in sesame oil and add them to your soup for a fiery flavour.
- You can add additional protein to the soup by adding thinly sliced soft tofu or barbecued pork, duck or goose.
What To Serve with Soup
There’s nothing more comforting on a cold day then cozying up to a bowl of soup with a fresh salad, gourmet crackers, artisanal cheeses, sourdough bread, savoury muffins and homemade pickles.
If you’re hosting a large dinner party you might want to serve our easy Wonton Egg Drop Soup as an appetizer before serving heartier mains.
After dinner why not dazzle your guests with one of our popular desserts such as Oat Flour Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Lindt Lindor Cookies, Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes Recipe or Cinnamon Babka For Chocolate Lovers.
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If you have leftover Wonton Egg Drop Soup you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. To reheat simply zap it in the microwave or simmer in a small saucepan on the stove.
We love doubling our soup recipes so can store leftovers in the freezer and save time on cooking in the kitchen. We suggest storing leftover soup in Pyrex freezer safe containers that have a snug lid so there’s not spilling. My mother often uses old glass pasta sauce jars to store soup in the freezer.
Be sure to let your soup reach room temperature before storing it in the freezer. If you add a hot jar of soup to a cold freezer it will significantly reduce the interior temperature and potentially spoil your food.
How To Make Homemade Wonton Egg Drop Soup
Easy Wonton Egg Drop Soup
- Dutch Oven or Large Pot
- measuring cup
- measuring spoon
- French knife
- 5 cups Chicken Stock
- 1/2 tsp Sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp White sugar
- 1/8 tsp Ground White Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Ginger minced
- 3 tbsp Cornstarch mixed with 1/3 cup water
- 3 Eggs beaten
- 1/4 cup Scallions or Chives finely sliced
- 10 oz Frozen Pork Wontons
- It a dutch oven or large pot, bring the chicken broth to a simmer. Stir in the sesame oil, salt, sugar, white pepper, ground turmeric and minced ginger.
- Drop frozen pork wontons into the soup broth and let cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Add the cornstarch and water "slurry" mixture. Stir the soup continuously with a ladle as you drizzle in the slurry, or you'll get unwanted clumps of cooked cornstarch in your soup broth.
- The speed that you stir the soup when adding the egg determines whether you create large egg ribbons or smaller strands. Use a ladle to stir the soup in a circular motion, and slowly drizzle in the egg.
- Ladle Wonton Egg Drop Soup into bowls and top with scallions or chives.
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