Chicken Egg-Drop Soup
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 1 -inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
- 4 scallions, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine) or dry sherry
- 1/2 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 3 large eggs, well beaten
- 1 small bunch watercress, tough stems removed
Bring the chicken broth, ginger and scallions to a boil in a saucepan. Cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a large bowl; discard the ginger and scallions. Return the broth to the saucepan and stir in the mirin.
Meanwhile, toss the chicken, sesame oil, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Dissolve the remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch in 1/4 cup water. Return the broth to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until glossy and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the chicken and simmer until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle the eggs into the soup a little at a time, creating thin sheets of cooked egg. Gently stir in the watercress. Divide the soup among bowls.
Photograph by Con Poulos