Crab Egg Drop Soup
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Crab Egg Drop Soup Recipe
This is the crabmeat I am using for this recipe. It is already cooked and packed in the pasteurised form. You can use any favourite brand of crabmeat – it should also be of the best quality (fresh, clean, not fishy) so that it can carry this dish well.
- 450ml rich chicken stock + 300ml water to taste; see note below
- 4 thinly sliced ginger
- 150g cooked crabmeat see note below
- 100g corn nibblets (frozen or tetra pak)
- cornstarch slurry dissolve 3 tbsp cornstarch in 3 tbsp water
- white pepper powder to taste
- 2 eggs whisked
- pure sesame oil to taste
- chopped spring onions &/or coriander to garnish
- Make soup base. Bring chicken stock, water and ginger slices to a boil, then stir in cornstarch slurry slowly to thicken the soup, until desired soup consistency is reached (you don’t need to use all of the slurry; use less slurry for a soupier consistency).
- Add crabmeat and corn nibblets and bring the soup to a boil for 2 minutes. Season with white pepper.
- Make egg drop. Lower the heat to a bare simmer. Using chopsticks or a spatula, stir the soup to create a whirlpool, then swirl in the whisked egg a few times around the pot. Stir the soup in one direction gently and slowly for a few rounds. As you do so, you will see the egg cooking and separating into smaller strands. Stop stirring once the egg strands are of the correct size you like; the more rounds you stir, the finer and more delicate the egg strands.
- To serve, ladle soup to serving bowls. Drizzle a few drops of sesame oil for added aroma. Garnish with spring onions &/or coriander.
- I’m using Heinz chicken broth with the ratio 3 parts stock: 2 parts water. Since every brand of chicken broth varies in saltiness, thin down the chicken broth accordingly with water to taste, making up 750ml in total. Alternatively, use 750ml low-sodium chicken broth instead without needing to add water.
- Since the crabmeat I used was already cooked (pasteurised), I only need to heat it up. If you are using raw crabmeat, do ensure that the crabmeat is fully cooked in step 2 before making the egg drop.
- For the egg drop making in action, you can refer to the step-by-step photos for my corn egg drop soup.