Chinese Imperial Palace Egg Drop Soup

You can make this classic egg drop soup found at most Chinese restaurants.  It is very easy to make, and best of all you do not even need to leave the house.

A bowl of egg drop soup with green onions.

Egg drop soup is a classic Chinese soup that is found at most Chinese restaurants. It features delicate strands of eggs floating around in a light, savory broth and is sometimes called egg “flower” soup for how the strands of eggs look like flower petals.

What is Egg Drop Soup made of?

This copycat Chinese soup recipe is made with chicken broth, eggs, sesame oil, green onion, and white pepper.

It’s so easy to make this soup. If you can boil water and scramble eggs, you can make egg drop soup. And, the best thing is that you do not even need to get in your car and drive to a Chinese restaurant.

You will be so excited to find out how simple it is to create this delicious soup, and, trust me, you will be making it a lot! It’s a soup I turn to when I need something light, comforting, and warm.

All you need to make this copykat egg drop soup recipe is about 15 minutes (tops) in your kitchen, a few simple ingredients, and a quick tip for how to drizzle those magical egg ribbons.

Making the perfect bowl of soup

Once your stock has come to a low simmer, use a whisk or fork and begin stirring the stock round and round to form a slow “whirlpool.” Then gradually and gently drizzle in the eggs as you continue to stir. The eggs will turn into those beautiful little ribbons right before your eyes.

You might want to create that Chinese restaurant feel by serving your Chinese soup in pretty Chinese soup bowls and using Chinese soup spoons. And, don’t forget the fortune cookies! You can amaze your family by creating your own customized messages.

a bowl of homemade egg drop soup

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A bowl of egg drop soup with green onions.

Chinese Imperial Palace Egg Drop Soup

You can make Chinese Imperial Palace Egg Drop Soup with this recipe.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese Imperial Palace Egg Drop Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 18kcal


  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 egg lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 4 sliced green onion tops
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • Bring the broth to a simmer over low medium heat. Very slowly stream in the egg, use a fork to pull strands of the egg gently. Add toasted sesame oil to the broth.
  • Do not stir vigorously; you will have a mess if you do. Add white pepper and salt. Continue to cook until egg is done. Serve promptly.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 653mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 13.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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