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Egg Drop Soup with Crab Meat.

Egg Drop Soup with Crab Meat

Egg drop soup or egg flower soup or Dànhuātāng is one of the most popular soup menu items that you can find at any Chinese restaurant.
It's a silky and thin soup that is usually made with lightly beaten eggs, chicken stock and simple seasoning.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 129 kcal


  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth, (Here's a great recipe for Chinese chicken broth)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • teaspoon ground white pepper, (or use black pepper, add more according to your liking)
  • 3 whole eggs, (lightly beaten)
  • 6 oz crab meat
  • 1 cup creamed corn
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch , (mix with 1 tablespoon of water)
  • 3 stalks of scallions, (green parts only, diced)
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil


  • In a large pot, bring chicken broth, white pepper, and ginger to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add crab meat, creamed corn, and cornstarch mixture. Keep stirring for 4 minutes until the broth is thickened.
    Add more cornstarch and water mixture if needed until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Stir the broth in a circular motion, creating a “whirlpool” then slowly pour the lightly beaten egg into the pot as you stir.
    Let the soup sit for 15 seconds. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if needed.
    Turn off the heat, stir in the sesame oil and chopped scallions. Serve the soup while still warm. 


You can store the leftover egg drop soup in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
Sesame oil can be found at any grocery market, such as Kroger/Ralph's, Vons/Safeway/Albertsons, Trader Joe, Sprouts, Walmart, and Target. It's usually sold for around $2.98 per 5 oz bottle. 
Crab meat lump is sold at Von's/Albertsons for about $7.99 per 8 oz pack. 


Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 13gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 451mgPotassium: 331mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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