Vegetable Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Vegetable Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Ingredients :
1/2 ounce (about 5) dried shiitake mushrooms
8 ounces boned, skinned chicken breast
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. soy sauce
3/4 teaspoon white pepper, divided
2 qts. vegetable broth or chicken broth
8 to 10 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
2 small carrots, roll-cut into 1-in. pieces
1 medium onion, diamond-cut into 1-in. pieces
1 stalk celery, V-shaped-cut into 1-in. pieces
1 slender zucchini, roll-cut into 1-in. pieces
1 large tomato, peeled*, diamond-cut into 1-in. pieces
4 long cilantro sprigs, small sprigs pinched off and stems cut into 1-in. pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 to 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 large eggs

How to Make It :
Step 1
Soak mushrooms in a bowl with 1 1/2 cups warm water until pliable, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove mushrooms, saving liquid. Snip out stems with scissors and discard. Slice mushrooms diagonally 1 in. wide, then diamond cut.

Step 2
Meanwhile, lay chicken flat on a work surface and slap with the side of a Chinese chef's knife to flatten to 1/4 in. Cut into lengthwise strips about 1/2 in. wide, then diamond cut. "I use 1 portion of meat for 3 or 4 portions of vegetables," Yan notes.

Step 3
In a bowl, combine chicken with cornstarch, 1 tbsp. soy sauce, and 1/2 tsp. white pepper. Set aside.

Step 4
Bring broth, mushroom soaking liquid, and ginger to a boil in a large covered pot over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high and add carrots and mushrooms. "Don't throw in everything together or it will be overcooked. In Chinese cooking, you want everything to have crunch."

Step 5
Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, then add onion, celery, and zucchini. Cover, return to a low boil, and cook until onion is tender-crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 6
Add chicken, tomato, cilantro stems, remaining 1/4 tsp. white pepper and 2 tsp. soy sauce, the salt, and oil to taste. Cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through, 3 minutes more.

Step 7
Using chopsticks or a fork, whisk eggs in a bowl until whites are completely blended but not so much that they foam. "If they foam, they will float on top and be messy," Yan cautions.

Step 8
Turn off heat under soup. Stirring it very slowly with a ladle, gradually pour in eggs. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Step 9
*To peel tomato, cut into wedges and slide a sharp knife between peel and flesh.

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