An article about tomato egg drop soup and 3 recipes.
Tomato and egg are two very nutritious food. Research into tomato has revealed that it contains loads of vitamins and minerals while egg is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids minus the animal fats.
One of my favourite ways of eating eggs with tomato is to stir-fry the 2 together seasoned with a little soy sauce. Another is of course tomato omelette.
They are also great in soups. Chinese tomato egg drop soups tend to be clear soups with fresh tomatoes. You won’t find canned tomatoes or tomato puree or sauce used in Chinese soups. Here are 3 quick recipes for you to try.
1. Quick egg drop soup with cherry tomato
I used baby tomatoes cut into halves here. Yummy!
This egg drop soup recipe is a very quick and simple recipe. The actual cooking time of this tomato egg drop soup is under 5 minutes.
2 tomatoes / 8 baby tomatoes
2 cups soup stock
2 tbsp cooking oil
2 tbsp chopped spring onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash and cut the tomatoes into bite-sized quarters
Beat the eggs
Heat the cooking oil in a saucepan or wok
Add the tomatoes and fry quickly for 1 minute
Add the soup stock
Bring the soup and tomatoes to a boil
Add the seasonings
Turn off the heat
Do the egg drop to create your favorite egg flowers
Garnish with chopped spring onions
The recipe above is a basic one with only eggs and tomatoes. To this basic recipe, you can add other compatible ingredients. These include Chinese seaweed and tofu.
2. Tomato egg drop soup with seaweed
This tomato egg drop soup with seaweed produces a simple home-cooked soup. Humble and simple but full of nutrition. Make this fresh tomato soup when the tomatoes are in season.
Dried seaweed 紫菜 (zi cai) is a popular ingredient in home cooked Chinese soups. One of my favorite soup ingredient. It is different from the Japanese wakame, nori and konbu. It is called zi cai in mandarin which translates literally as purple vegetable. The official English name is laver. It contains iodine and potassium. When re-hydrated it expands, so a little goes a long way. It may not look like much but is quite tasty and nutritious. Don't cook it for too long or it may turn slimy.
1/4 sheet dried seaweed
1 tbsp chopped spring onion
350ml soup stock
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp chopped spring onion
Sesame seed oil
Remove tomato skin by scoring the skin and blanching in hot water
Let it cool a little before cutting into thin slices
Tear the seaweed into smaller pieces
Beat the egg
Bring the soup stock to a boil, add the tomato and seaweed. Cook till both seaweed and tomato are soft
Add the salt and pepper
Do the egg drop and remove soup quickly from heat
Pour into serving bowl
Garnish with chopped spring onion and sesame seed oil
3. Fresh tomato soup with soft tofu and egg
This fresh tomato soup recipe is a quick and easy soup. It is one of those homemade soups that a busy housewife whips up in a jiffy. The ingredients are fairly common and easy to find. It does not require any special cooking technique except that a flavorful soup stock is a must.
I would put this on any weight loss menu as it is delicious, nutritious and satisfying yet low in fat and salt.
1 packet of Chinese soft tofu
1 big fresh tomato
1 stalk spring onion
Salt and pepper
6 cups soup stock
Wash the tomato and cut into thin quarters. You can decide whether to remove the seeds or not depending on your preference. I usually leave everything in
Cut the tofu into cubes
Wash and finely chop the spring onion
Beat the 2 eggs gently
Bring the soup stock to a boil in a pot or wok
Add the tofu cubes and tomato wedges
Cook the soup until the tomatoes softened
Pour the beaten eggs in and give the soup a few quick stirs to break up the egg
Add salt to taste
Garnish with the chopped spring onion just before serving
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