Recently, I’ve been cooking a lot of egg drop soups. Tomato egg drop soup, chicken egg drop soup, mint egg drop soup and now this simple egg drop soup recipe with seaweed. Seaweed is one of my favourite things to eat whether it is in salad, wrapped with sushi or boiled in soups. The addition of seaweed in this egg drop soup turns it into a delightful light meal or a side dish.
I used Chinese laver for this soup. This type of seaweed doesn’t require cooking. When it comes into contact with the broth, the seaweed will soften and can be consumed immediately. You just need a small portion of it since it will expand when rehydrated. It is sold in circular sheets (as shown in the picture below) in the Asian section of a supermarket, certain Chinese medical halls or a Chinese dried provisions shop.
In Singapore, sometimes they come together with the soup when you order a ‘Fish Soup’ in hawker centers. But it is always a tiny piece. So whenever I cook seaweed at home, I’ll add as much of it as I want. 🙂
Besides this seaweed, other types of seaweed can be used too. Select those that are suitable for soups. Below are some examples.
Is seaweed good for you?
Seaweed is high in nutrients and low in calories. Some of the reasons to eat seaweed include: It has detoxing properties, help regulate hormones and is generally good for health.
The people in Okinawa, an island southwest of Japan are famous for their longevity. Okinawans eat more tofu and konbu seaweed compared to people from other parts of the world. Seaweed is rich in Vitamin A, C, D and B6. It also contains high levels of folate, iron and iodine. High iodine content is what gives seaweed its distinctive flavour.
I usually have soup with seaweed as a light side dish. If you want to turn this into a light meal, you may add other ingredients such as shrimps or mushrooms. However, I don’t recommend adding too many ingredients into an egg drop soup as they are meant to be quick cooking, light and uncomplicated.
If you enjoy eating seaweed like me, try this Chinese seaweed soup too.
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- 2 cups low sodium stock
- 1 cup water
- 5 g of seaweed (it looks like a little but it will expand on contact with liquid)
- 3 eggs - whisked
- 1 slice of ginger
- 9 thawed frozen prawns (leave whole or chopped into 1 cm pieces)- optional
- Salt - to taste
- Sesame oil - to taste
- Spring onions - chopped (for garnish)
- For cornstarch slurry
- 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water
- Pour in stock and water into a soup pot along with the ginger and let boil. Once boiling, add the prawns and cornstarch slurry. Cover lid and bring to a boil again.
- Turn off heat and remove the ginger. Slowly pour in the eggs with one hand and stir the soup with your other hand using a pair of chopsticks or fork. Stir more frequently if you want a more 'ribbon' like eggs or stir at a slower pace for larger egg strands. Season with salt if necessary. Add the seaweed and gently stir to loosen them.
- Drizzle sesame oil and garnish with chopped spring onions. Serve immediately.