Jul 11, 2023

Tomato Egg and Tofu Soup 番茄雞蛋豆腐湯

It tastes somewhat like a Chinese sour and spicy soup, but more of a milder version. The tomato egg and tofu soup requires less ingredients and thus easier to make. One might think that the flavor can be dull. To be honest, the end result was just the opposite and quite refreshing, light but still tasty thanks to the fruity aroma from the tomatoes and a slight herbal touch from the cilantro.

Tomato egg and tofu soup 番茄雞蛋豆腐湯 - 

Tomato egg and tofu soup


  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small box/290 grams silken tofu
  • 1 small pack/200 grams enoki mushroom
  • 1 small pack/100 grams white beech mushroom
  • 1 small bundle cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other preferred cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • Some white pepper powder
  • Some salt
  • 6 cups water
  • Some corn starch and water mixture
  • Some rice vinegar (optional)


Dice the tomatoes. Finely chop the cilantro. Trim-off the stem for the enoki mushroom and slice the remaining to shorter sections. Trim-off the stem for white beech mushroom and separate to individual pieces. Drain and cube the tofu. Beat the eggs in a bowl first.

Prepped ingredients for the tomato egg and tofu soup

Use a big pot and drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil or other preferred light-tasting cooking oil. Switch to medium heat. Add in diced tomatoes along with 2 teaspoon of salt. Give it a quick mix and cook for about 2 minutes.

Cooking chopped tomatoes

Season with 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce. Mix then pour in 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil.

Add in both mushrooms and bring to a boil again. Once boiling, switch to lower heat to keep it at a light bubbling stage, continue to cook for couple more minutes.

Cooking tomatoes and mushrooms

Add in tofu and cook for a minute. Taste and adjust with salt if needed. I actually added 1 more teaspoon of salt here. Also seasoned with 1/4 teaspoon of white pepper powder. Mix till evenly blended.

Turn to lowest heat and wait for couple minutes. Ready the corn starch and water mixture. Pour in the mixture while stirring the soup at the same time to prevent clumping. We are aiming for slightly thickened but still runny consistency. Imagine thinner sour and spicy soup, that should do it.

Pour in beaten egg and give it a nice swirl.

Lastly, mix in chopped cilantro and let it cook in low heat for one or two more minutes. If you don't like the texture of the cilantro stems, you can only add in chopped leaves instead. Per my case, stems don't bother me at all. 

Tomato egg and tofu soup

you can enjoy the soup as it is, or sprinkle some more white pepper powder for a pungent kick. Personally I love to add some rice vinegar, the translucent kind, for an even sourer taste. Once more vinegar was added, the soup actually tastes similar to the common sour and spicy soup, but with a brighter and cleaner flavor approach.

I suppose you can also modify the recipe a bit and turn it into a hearty meal. Just add some pork slices and pump up the seasonings. Also incorporate more corn starch and water mixture for thicker consistency. Simply scoop that over steamed rice and enjoy.  

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