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chinese seaweed egg drop soup

seaweed egg drop soup

This Chinese seaweed egg drop soup is easy, nutritious, and comes together in just 10 minutes. My parents always made sure to put soup on the dinner table, and this soup was their go-to whenever they were short on time (which was very often when we were younger)! 

What is Chinese seaweed? 

While most other Asian seaweed found at the grocery store are either packaged in squares or rectangles, Chinese seaweed is most often distinctly packaged in a round “cake” shape
Its texture once cooked is very delicate and wispy. It barely requires any chewing, so it’s a great staple ingredient for many Chinese soups! 

How to prepare Chinese seaweed

Preparing Chinese seaweed is very fast and simple! We like to tear it into smaller pieces, then submerge them into a bowl of water. This step quickly rehydrates the seaweed, and also helps remove any sand or grit that may come with the seaweed. 

These days, packaged seaweed is more likely to come cleaned already, but my parents continue to prepare it this way just in case. 

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chinese seaweed egg drop soup

Seaweed Egg Drop Soup

This comforting and nutritious soup comes together in just 10 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 4


  • 0.1 oz Chinese dried seaweed (6-8 grams)
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz tofu cubed (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • few dashes of white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • scallions
  • cilantro


Prepare the ingredients

  • In a large pot, bring the chicken broth and water to a boil. In the meantime, prep the other ingredients.
    4 cups low sodium chicken broth, 4 cups water
  • Tear the dried seaweed into smaller pieces and submerge them in a bowl of warm water. Doing this rehydrates the seaweed and removes any sand or grit. Drain.
    0.1 oz Chinese dried seaweed
  • If adding tofu, slice the block into small cubes.
    4 oz tofu
  • In a bowl or measuring cup (I like using one with a spout for easy pouring later), beat 2 eggs thoroughly. Set aside.
    2 eggs

Make the soup

  • Once the broth has come to a boil, add the cubed tofu and lower the heat until the soup is at a simmer.
  • Add the rehydrated seaweed.
  • Turn off the heat, then use a ladle to swirl the soup in a clockwise motion. Once it has built momentum, stop swirling and slowly drizzle in the beaten egg. You should see beautiful strands of egg form instantly.
  • Add salt, white pepper, sesame oil, scallions, and cilantro. Adjust seasoning to your preferences. Enjoy!
    1.5 tsp salt, few dashes of white pepper, 1/4 tsp sesame oil, scallions, cilantro
Keyword chinese seaweed soup, egg drop soup, seaweed egg drop soup, seaweed soup
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this easy recipe! Not often my son compliment my cooking but he asked me did I buy this soup when I served it for dinner πŸ˜…. I told him I made it. He said it is really good πŸ˜… of course credit goes to Susanna for this easy recipe made my life easier dealing with picky kids. Only thing I added to the soup is corns which my kids love. Thank you.

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