Chinese seaweed soup is a delicious and healthy soup made with Chinese seaweed, which is a dried seaweed called Zicai (紫菜), eggs, dried small shrimp and scallions. It's a perfect meal for a cold winter day, within 10 minutes, this lovely soup can be finished. The combination of the seaweed flavor and the egg drop soup is quite comforting in winter.
What's Chinese Seaweed?
Chinese seaweed, also known as Zicai meaning "purple vegetables", is a type of dried seaweed that is often used in Chinese cuisine. It has a dark purple color and a slightly salty taste. Chinese seaweed is rich in nutrients, including iodine, iron, and calcium. And it is widely used in soups like this simple egg drop soup and wonton soups.
With only a very small portion, this magic dried seaweed can bring great umami flavor to the soup. Although named as "purple vegetable", the fresh Chinese seaweed might be green, red or even dark in different area. After long time sun-drying, it becomes either dark purple or dark brown because of the algal red element.
Chinese seaweed may be quite common in most of the Asian stores. When choosing , look for seaweed that is dark purple in color with a natural luster. High quality dried seaweed has a very lovely luster. Avoid those are completely dark or super red.
Note: Chinese seaweed is different from the Korean salted version.
Tips for super tender egg drop flower
This is my newest way of making egg drop flower and it creates super egg drop flower. It is nothing about adding some extra starch or something else. The key is the fire.
1) Bring the water or stock to a boiling and then turn off the fire.
2) Wait until the water don't seethe anymore, add the egg drop by swirling (give them some space to expand). Don't heat it again.
🥣What will be needed
- high quality Chinese seaweed- not too much 10g will be enough.
- 2 eggs- eggs not only provide the lovely flavors but also the fabulous yellow color.
- scallions- for extra flavor and lovely green color
- Small dried shrimp- this is commonly used in a classic Chinese version, feel free to skip it if hard to find.
- small piece of ginger- smashed
- soy sauce- more umami flavors.
- salt and pepper- to taste, providing a very basic flavor .
- sesame oil - a must in this Chinese seaweed soup, adds fabulous flavors from oil.
- water - or you can improve the flavor by using stock. But this soup with water is delicious enough.
Add the seaweed in the serving bowl, add chopped scallions, coriander, dried shrimp, sesame oil, salt and pepper in the bowl too.
Make sure you buy high quality dried seaweed don't require wash before using. Read the instructions on the package to see whether you need to wash it or not. Add the dried seaweed in the serving bowl too.
Whisk egg with a small pinch of salt and pepper.
Add water to a pan or wok, around 6 cups of water with smashed ginger. Bring to a boiling and then turn off the fire. Pour the egg liquid in by swirling. You will see the lovely flower in the pan.
Pour the egg flower directly to the serving bowl. The remaining heat will stimulate the aroma immediately.
Chinese Seaweed Soup
- 3 eggs , whisked with salt
- 1 tumb ginger ,smashed
- 6 cups water or chicken stock
- 10 g Chinese dried seaweed , divided into two serving bowls for me
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. chopped scallion
- 2 tbsp. chopped coriander
- 1 tbsp. dried shrimp
- 1 tsp. salt
- ground white pepper as needed
- Add chopped scallions, coriander, dried shrimp, sesame oil, salt and pepper in serving bowls too.
- make sure you buy high quality dried seaweed soak, and read the instructions to see whether you need to wash it or not. Following the instructions and then add dried seaweed too (either dried or washed as instructed).
- Whisk egg with a small pinch of salt and pepper.
- Add water to a pan or wok, around 6 cups of water or chicken stock with smashed ginger. Bring to a boiling and then turn off the fire. Pour the egg liquid in by swirling. You will see the lovely flower in the pan.
- Pour the egg flower directly to the serving bowl. The remaining heat will stimulate the aroma immediately. Serve hot!