Tomato Egg Drop Soup

Tomato Egg Drop Soup

This recipe for Tomato Egg Drop Soup is the perfect comfort food a cold or rainy day. The addition of the tomato adds a much needed depth of acidity to the dish and the fact that there is no broth added but instead it is made from cooking the pork and adding water delivers a very flavorful and fresh base for the rest of the soup.

Tomato Egg Drop Soup

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ¾ pound ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • ⅓ pound ground pork
  • 5 ½ cups water
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten together in a bowl
  • 5 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • Black pepper
  • Sambal Oelek to taste (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan set over medium. When shimmering, add the onion and cook until soft, about four minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt, stir well, and then cover the saucepan and cook until the tomato tomatoes have broken down, about five minutes. Stir occasionally, and turn down the heat to prevent the tomatoes from sticking.
  2. Remove the cover and add the fish sauce and pork. Stir well with a wooden spoon to break the ground pork up into little pieces. Pour in the water, raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. While soup is simmering skim off any scum that rises to the surface with a spoon.
  3. Turn off the heat, and then pour the lightly beaten eggs into to saucepan in a wide circle. Then stir gently with a wooden spoon to break the egg up into chiffon-like pieces. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro.


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