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Easy Egg Drop Soup

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Easy Egg Drop Soup is a quick version of he American Chinese egg drop soup recipe. Only 3 ingredients, it is very simple and quick to make!

Egg drop soup in a white soup mug with a spoon on a white wood table

Egg Drop soup is chicken broth with a beaten egg dropped in. Egg Drop soup is commonly thinner in Chinese Cuisine than in the American Chinese version.

Easy Kosher Egg Drop Soup is the thicker version of the soup and is basic, because this soup may otherwise include tofu, bean spouts, corn, or scallions and pepper.

Not only is this soup delicious, check out the benefits of eggs!

A little about eggs

For many years eggs were considered a source of high cholesterol and a possible cause of heart disease and people were warned against them and recommended to have only a few per week in their diets.

It is true that one large egg yolk has 200 mg of cholesterol, however the additional nutrients that eggs contain may actually help LOWER the risk of heart disease by raising the “good” cholesterol in one’s body.

In addition, eggs are packed with nutrients and health benefits.

Eggs are high in protein and filling, but low in calories. They are nutritious and contain a large variety of vitamins as well as some anti-oxidants.

The color of the yolk depends on the diet of the hen and different types of chickens may lay different colored eggs; white or brownish.

Egg white consists primarily of approximately 90 percent water and contains almost no fat or carbohydrates.

The yolk of a new egg is firm, but then it absorbs water from the egg white, which causes it to increase in size and become loose.
You may be suprised to know that raw egg white is sometimes used in the preparation of vaccines.

Many people believe that since eggs are found in the refrigerated section of the supermarket, and very frequently near the dairy section, that they are also dairy.

Nonetheless, eggs are NOT DAIRY. You CANNOT milk a chicken!

To make the soup vegetarian, use vegetarian consommé powder.

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A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

A little about American Chinese Food

American Chinese cuisine is a style of Chinese cuisine that was developed by Chinese Americans. These dishes significantly differ from traditional Chinese dishes, because American-Chinese dishes were adapted to suit American tastes.

Chinese immigrants arrived in the United States in large numbers in the mid 19th century in order to escape the economic difficulties in China, hoping to find work during the California Gold Rush and on the Central Pacific Railroad.

They mostly settled together in ghettos, individually known as Chinatown, and – since there were laws preventing them from owning their own land – they opened their own businesses, such as laundry services and restaurants.

Initially, the family-owned businesses catered to miners and railroad workers and estaurants were set up in places where Chinese food was unknown. Food was based on the requests of the customers and recipes were created to suit American tastes using whatever ingredients were available.

One major difference between traditional Chinese cuisine American-Chinese cuisine is in the use of vegetables. American Chinese recipes will use raw or uncooked ingredients and those not native to China. Traditional Chinese cuisine, on the other hand rarely contain raw or uncooked ingredients and often uses Asian leaf vegetables.

While he new dishes were not traditional Chinese, these restaurants were responsible for the development of the ever-popular American Chinese cuisine.

Egg drop soup is a popular soup in American Chinese restaurants, including those that are kosher, because there are no non-kosher ingredients if the chicken soup is kosher.

The little history of Kosher Chinese Food

It is well known that Jews (especially those with ties to New York) love Chinese food. You can find at least one and, more often than not, several kosher Chinese restaurants in predominately Jewish neighborhoods. In the town of Cedarhurst, New York, for example, there are two within a couple of blocks – both excellent…and don’t even get me started on Brooklyn.

There is a popular joke, which has been passed around for many years which describes the Jewish dependency on Chinese food: “According to the Jewish calendar, the year is 5749. According to the Chinese calendar, the year is 4687. That means for 1,062 years, the Jews went without Chinese food.” That was back in 1989 and who knows when the joke even started?

Jews as a group were probably first introduced to Chinese food in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where immigrants of various cultures settled in their own neighborhoods in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

By the early 1900s, approximately one million Jews from Eastern Europe and half a million Italians from Southern Italy shared the Lower East Side of Manhattan with only approximately 7,000 Cantonese Chinese, most of who had moved from California.

Due to anti-Chinese laws and acts, which prevented them from competing with whites, many Chinese opened restaurants.

The majority Jewish immigrants at that time were observant in their religion and ate only kosher food when they arrived in New York. But, over time, many assimilated and their children, who were less interested in keeping “the old ways” and more interested in other cultural experiences, even more so.

Some continued keeping kosher at home, while allowing themselves to stray while out. Sunday was a favorite time for eating out and Chinese food was not only reasonably priced, but their restaurants were open on Sundays.

Not only that, but Chinese food didn’t use milk and while excuses may be made for eating non-kosher meat outside of the home, there was still the forbidden mixing of meat and milk to consider.

Having been raised with what is forbidden, these Jews seemed to feel that if they couldn’t tell it was non-kosher, it wasn’t that bad (or wasn’t repulsive), even if it contained pork or non-kosher seafood. The attitude seemed to be, if I can’t see it, it won’t kill me.

But what about Jews who did keep kosher? It took decades, but finally one enlightened Jewish, kosher deli owner found a solution. Using Cantonese Chinese recipes and substituting kosher veal, beef, and chicken livers for pork, he began selling the first kosher Chinese food. This was Sol Bernstein, the eldest son of Schmulka Bernstein.

Schmulka Bernstein ran kosher butcher store and smokehouse on the Lower East Side of Manhattan near Essex St for approximately 30 years from the 1930s until the mid-1960s.

In 1959, Sol, opened a delicatessen on Essex Street and called it Bernstein-on-Essex. His slogan was “Where kashrut is king and quality reigns” (kashrut = kosher).

Although the deli was separate from Schmulka’s butcher shop and belonged to Sol, everyone still called it Schmulka Bernstein’s and anyone who is still around and remembers, still does so till this day. In fact, I doubt that many people even know that the deli belonged to Sol or that it was Sol who was the originator of Kosher Chinese food in the US.

Sol continued to sell deli while he incorporated Chinese foods into the menu and did very well. The restaurant continued to prosper until he died in 1992, when it was sold.

Want to try some other kosher versions of American Chinese dishes?

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Easy Egg Drop Soup

Egg drop soup in a white soup mug with a spoon on a white wood table

Delicious 3-ingredient Egg Drop soup, kosher.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 - 4 tablespoons chicken consommé powder (vegetarian or regular) or to taste
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch (do not add if you prefer the thinner version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric or a little yellow food coloring (optional) to get a more yellow color
  • 4 cups water


  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons consommé powder slowly and mix well to ensure there are no lumps (taste to see if you need more and add as desired).
  3. Lower flame to medium.
  4. Add turmeric or yellow food coloring if so desired.
  5. Pour cornstartch into a bowl and add some soup (1/4 cup or so). Mix well.
  6. Pour back into soup and mix.
  7. Beat the eggs and slowly pour into boiling broth as you mix.
  8. Simmer for a few minutes and remove from heat.


* Skip steps 4 and 5 if you are not adding corn starch.

If you would like your soup to have a little more yellow color, add a little ground turmeric or yellow food coloring.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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