Mushroom Egg Drop Soup

by Kiran on April 5, 2013 · 70 comments

in Appetizer, Gluten Free, Soups


But where are the fresh ramps or fava beans that I’ve been wanting to devour? Where’s the sunshine and blooming flowers? All we are getting is a very wet, gloomy and chilly days.

Everyday weather is taken with a grain of salt . We should be thankful, at the very least that it’s not snowing over here. Well, not quite. But who knows about the future.

It can and might snow one of these days and I wouldn’t be just as shock.

Egg Drop Soup |

Yet another weather related breaking news: It’s been raining so much this last two days and all we wanted was to slurp down bowls of comforting clear soups.

Something light in tummy and pockets. I’ll explain.

You see…

I’m still dreaming about successfully baking macarons someday, but for now the idea is left in the back-burner. More humidity is not going to help and we can’t afford to waste anymore money on almond flour and eggs.

Egg Drop Soup |

On the other hand, I don’t seem to have problems in making mushroom and egg drop soup. It’s so economical, easy and tasty. And it’s a healthier take on traditional egg drop soup — there’s not a trace of starch in here 🙂

And did I tell you about how my livelihood depends on clear soups? Well, now you know.

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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 small star anise
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 qt organic low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 2 stalks of scallions, sliced


  1. Heat a large saucepan on medium. Wait for the pan to heat before adding olive oil.
  2. Throw in minced shallot, sliced ginger and star anise. Fry until shallots are translucent, about 1 minute.
  3. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for 2 more minutes.
  4. Drizzle in vegetable broth, sprinkle some five spice powder, salt, black pepper and lemon juice. Stir to combine and simmer for at least 5 more minutes.
  5. In the meantime, crack 2 eggs in a small bowl and beat to combine.
  6. Once the broth begins to simmer, make swirls with a laddle and carefully drizzle in beaten eggs. Work fast but safely.
  7. Remove broth from heat but keep stirring. Sprinkle on some scallions and laddle soups into bowls to enjoy!


Egg Drop Soup |

Here’s wishing for better baking days ahead in my near future. And if you are baking today, don’t tell me about it. Unless you are willing to ship your baked goods to us.

Consider this as a warning 😉

What is your favorite soup on a dreary day?


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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 5, 2013 at 12:16 PM

This sounds and looks incredible- wish I had a bowl right now!!
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2 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Liz — thank you my friend 🙂


3 Nandita April 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

The soup looks so comforting. Loved the shot of mushrooms in the bowl 🙂


4 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Nandita — thank you so much my dear 🙂


5 Rosa April 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Very healthy and scrumptious! This soup reminds me of the one my granny made…




6 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Rosa — oh, I’m so glad this soup brought back memories of your granny 🙂


7 Ansh | Spiceroots April 5, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I love love love clear egg drop soups. You brought so many delicious memories of these soups for me.

Oh did I tell you I am baking croissants today 😉 but before you make me work on your warning – I am in the same boat in the macaroon department. 🙁
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8 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Ansh — thank you and i know your croissants are gonna be delish!


9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) April 5, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I am making this tomorrow – I have all the ingredients and it looks awesome!
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10 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Alyssa — yay! i hope you enjoyed it my friend 🙂


11 Lail | With A Spin April 5, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Eggdrop soup was my fav childhood soup. Delicious. Made some last week.

I never used star anise or five spice on the soup. Good idea.
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12 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Lail — thank you! I love adding twist to favorite recipes. And I can’t live without spice, if you don’t know already 😉


13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I will happily ship you some baked goods! 🙂 What a comforting soup!
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14 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Laura — omg. i might jump for the offer 😉


15 Monica April 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I’ve been thinking about making hot and sour soup…but we satisfied ourselves by having lunch at a Malaysian restaurant today. : ) I love soups of all kinds. Your mushroom egg drop here looks really great!


16 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Monica — thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed feasting at a Malaysian restaurant ::)


17 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas April 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

This soup looks absolutely heavenly! Tempted to make this right now, and I just ate dinner!
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18 Kiran April 12, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Joanne — thank you so much. i hope you get to try this soup soon 🙂


19 Carolyn Jung April 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Mmm, so earthy. And full of golden eggy strands. A perfect bowl for this time of year.
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20 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Carolyn — ditto!


21 Simply Life April 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

this is one of my favorite kinds of soup- looks perfect! And I am sooo excited about warmer weather (hopefully) coming soon!


22 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Gina — it’s getting warmer these days, but I think I spoke too soon. It’s raining cats and dogs now. Bleh.


23 Choc Chip Uru April 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

What a beautiful spring dish 🙂

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24 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Uru — thanks my dear 🙂


25 Viviane Bauquet Farre- Food and Style April 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Kiran, this looks so tasty!
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26 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Viviane — thank you!


27 Carolyn Chan April 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Mmmm that is my kind of soup !
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28 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Carolyn — 🙂


29 A_Boleyn April 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I love your mushroom, egg drop combination. I wish I still had some of my home made chicken/duck broth as a base but used it all up making tamales and chicken and leek noodle soup. I suppose I could use as miso soup base instead.

As to the macarons, they’re on my cooking bucket list. I made only one attempt. Great almond meringues but nothing like a macaron. Funnily enough, I’ve never tasted a real macaron so I don’t even know that I like them. I like coconut macaroons but plain meringues and pavlovas do nothing for me.
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30 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

A_Boleyn — thank you! You can definitely use miso base for this soup! It’ll take a couple of practice for me to perfect macarons. I’ll have to have some faith 🙂


31 A_Boleyn April 15, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I’m sure you’ll do a great job with the macarons. It was the’ stir it until it’s the consistency of molten lava’ instructions that threw me. 🙂
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32 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Me too! And the pipping part — I’m bad at it 😀


33 Kate@Diethood April 7, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I want that bowl near me, stat! Then I want you to teach me how to photograph as beautifully as you! K? Thanks! 😀
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34 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Kate — you made me laugh so hard, my friend 😀


35 john@kitchenriffs April 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Lovely soup! I so enjoy nice, clear soups too. Super flavors in this – thanks for sharing. Terrific post.
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36 Kiran April 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

John — thank you so much!


37 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings April 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

As usual, your food is calling my name…”Jen, Jen!” It’s gloomy and rainy here in Toronto as well, so soup works well for me today! And yes, Spring is arriving here in Toronto…how do I know? For the first time in my life, I have seasonal allergies! From maple and juniper tree pollen! So sad…sniffling, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing…20 years here in Canada, and it’s the first time I’ve got allergies! A cuppa soup will work just fine right now. Sigh…


38 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Jen — lol, thanks so much my dear friend. And I pray you feel better soon. Seasonal allergies are the worst!


39 Your Cookery Book April 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Very healthy and innovative soup! 🙂
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40 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

YCB — thank you! 😀


41 rebecca April 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

lovely soup and you can so make macaroons I know you can
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42 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Rebecca — thank you my friend! I love your confidence in me to make macarons. The stakes are higher now 😉


43 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ April 8, 2013 at 4:11 AM

I love the ingredients you chose, especially the organic low-sodium vegetable broth. I hardly buy stock cubes because they seems to be a concentrate of salt to me but I’ve never thought I could opt for some low-sodium options. Good tip!
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44 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Daniela — I always cook with low-sodium broth. That way, I can control the amount of salt that’s going into the recipe. Homemade broth is the best!


45 Raymund April 8, 2013 at 4:57 AM

This is one of the soups which is really great for cold weather or when you are sick. Such a comforting soup
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46 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Raymund — totally agree 🙂


47 Gourmantine April 8, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Spring is overdue everywhere, but fingers crossed it will be here in full swing soon. In the meanwhile, it’s a good excuse to dive into soul warming soups 🙂
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48 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Gourmantine — it rained in Orlando today. And it’s so cold. Fingers crossed 😀


49 Gemma @andgeesaid April 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Yum. This looks like such comfort food :):) xx
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50 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Gemma — thank you!!


51 Kristen April 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Oh how I love the sounds of this recipe – our weather is finally cooperating and it feels like Spring. This soup would be a beautiful dinner for us tonight!
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52 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Kristen — thanks, my dear friend. I hope you enjoyed the soup for dinner 🙂 xo


53 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Kiran, I love egg drop soup and yours looks so perfect! I bet it’s full of vibrant, citrusy spring flavor unlike the ones I’ve had from takeout! 😉 I’d love to try it sometime.
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54 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Georgia — thank you so much! It’s definitely a lighter and fresher tasting than the usual take-out version. I hope you’d try it soon 🙂


55 Chocolate Shavings April 8, 2013 at 6:54 PM

This looks delish!


56 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:22 AM

CS — thank you!


57 Nami | Just One Cookbook April 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I love egg drop soup. We’re eating Chinese leftover tonight and I am now thinking of adding this soup as side. I have everything!
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58 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Nami — yay! I hope you enjoyed slurping this soup with the family 🙂

ps: hope you are feeling better. xoxo


59 Donalyn April 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Kiran – I know what you mean about the weather – not very encouraging this year here either. But then with a soup like this, you might not care so much – it looks fantastic!
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60 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Donalyn — I hope the weather is improving at your end. It has been raining over here whole day. Gah.


61 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies April 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Oh, I love this so much! Egg Drop soup was always one of my favorites growing up, but then I got bored of it. Adding mushrooms is the perfect way to change things up a bit. 🙂
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62 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Kiersten — and also some exotic spices to jazz it up 😀


63 ChopinandMysaucepan April 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Dear Kiran,

I have not had egg drop soup for so long. I usually cook it with spinach but mushroom is such a great idea especially when there are so many different varieties.
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64 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Chopinand — I wanted to add spinach too, but ran out of it 😀


65 Jess April 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Kiran – egg drop is one of my favorite soups, but I’m always intimidated to make it. You give me confidence that I should try it out. I gave macarons a try once, but it is always humid where I am, so it was a lost cause!


66 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Jess — thank you so much. I’m sure you’d ace this soup recipe. Perhaps we should try baking macarons again and do it together? Never let up hope 🙂


67 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Very delicious and comforting!
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68 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Angie — thank you 🙂


69 honeywhatscooking April 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Bookmarking this. My family would love me if I made this… they always order veggie soups at all the asian restaurants… looks divine and perfect for Spring. 🙂
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70 Kiran April 15, 2013 at 1:56 AM

HWC — your family would love it, no matter what 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the soup!


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