Seafood Egg Drop Soup
This seafood egg drop soup is a fast recipe that can be made in 15 minutes or less. My kitchen is warmer during this time of the year (and photography is more difficult because of the sun creeping in). To combat the hot weather, I did not thicken my egg drop soup with cornstarch for a lighter taste. I ended up liking the soupier texture of this seafood egg drop soup.
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FROZEN MIX SEAFOOD PACK
This recipe can be whipped up quickly because of my packet of frozen mixed seafood (pictured above). The seafood is ready to use after thawing, so I don’t have to bother with peeling & de-veining the shrimp, washing the clam shells etc. I got this seafood pack from Don Don Donki (SG), and I like that the shrimps are clean and the seafood taste fresh despite being frozen. I used the same seafood mix for my 15-minute seafood miso soup. Most Japanese supermarket generally carry 1 or more brands of such frozen seafood mix.
The seafood pack consists of deveined shrimp (prawn), clam meat & cut squid.
I also prepared sliced shiitake mushrooms, snow peas and ginger.
Add thawed seafood, mushroom & ginger. After that, bring the soup to a boil until the shrimps are just cooked (about 2-3 minutes).
This is the cooked ingredients which I fished out for a photo. Bring the soup to a boil again.
Make the egg drop soup. Make sure the soup is boiling then turn off the stove. Immediately swirl in a beaten egg all around the pot.
Wait a few seconds and at the first sight of the egg solidifying, stir the soup slightly to disperse the egg. This method will yield bigger egg flowers. I think big flowers go well with un-thickened egg drop soup, while smaller dainty egg flowers go well with soup that has been thickened with cornstarch slurry.
Add the snow peas. Most people will probably add the snow peas earlier, but I don’t want my snow peas to overcook & turn yellow. I’m treating the snow peas as a garnish instead of the usual scallions, so I want them to look vibrant. If you like the snow peas to be more cooked, add them before making the egg drop.
Dish out the soup. I enjoyed the lightweight taste of this seafood egg drop soup. It goes well with rice or as a side dish soup. You can also add noodles to make it a one-dish meal!