Egg-Drop Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Egg-Drop Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ bunch of spinach
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp white miso
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions

Instructions:

  1. Mince garlic, and chop carrot into thin coins. Remove mushroom stems, and chop caps. Wash spinach and pat dry.
  2. In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute, just long enough to become fragrant. Add carrots and mushrooms. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring so mushrooms don’t stick to the pan. Add spinach and a little bit of broth. Continue cooking until spinach is mostly wilted.
  3. Add the rest of the chicken broth and cover. Heat all the way through, but do not bring to a boil.
  4. Ladle out 1-2 cups of liquid into a bowl or glass container. Add miso and stir until miso is dissolved. Return to non-boiling soup, and stir to evenly distribute miso.
  5. Crack eggs, and drop them into soup, stirring to break up the whites and yolks. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve and garnish with green onions.

Makes 3-4 servings.

TCM analysis:

olive oil: sweet, sour, astringent, neutral; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids
garlic: acrid, hot; detoxifies meat & seafood; removes stagnant food or blood; warms yang
carrot: sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HRT; strengthens SP and HRT, nourishes and soothes LV
shiitake: sweet, neutral; SP, LU; supplements qi, boosts wei qi, lowers cholesterol
spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI; nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness
chicken broth: sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; supplements qi, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi
miso: salty, cool; aids digestion, neutralizes acid in the body, increases resistance to disease
eggs: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; nourishes yin & blood, supplements SP/ST, calms shen
green onions: acrid, warm; LU, LI; releases external wind-cold, invigorates blood, drains damp

In general, this recipe is neutral in temperature and sweet to tonify qi, blood, and fluids. Warm, acrid ingredients (garlic, green onions) lightly invigorate to prevent cloying, and balance other cool ingredients (spinach, miso). The recipe is directed to the middle jiao, where it strengthens SP and ST qi and promotes SP production of blood. The use of chicken broth, shiitake mushrooms, and miso also strengthens immunity by boosting protective qi.