Egg drop soup is an American version of a Chinese soup that no self-respecting Chinese person would ever order in a restaurant, since there really is no such thing. "Egg drop" is any old kind of soup with a beaten egg swirled into any old kind of soup or broth. It is a meaningless term that has endeared itself to "round eyes." For example, hot and sour soup usually has a beaten egg swirled into the broth.
Best Chinese Soup - 2008
Chef Chen Chinese Restaurant
The history of the won ton dates to ancient Chinese times, and since then, people have had to choose their soup: egg drop or won ton? Well, maybe it hasn't been that long — but it is a problem. Do you order the rich, thick egg drop or the savory won ton? If you go to Chef Chen's, you won't have to decide. Here they serve an egg drop/won ton combo with wispy threads of egg plus freshly made dumplings. And it's cheap: A quart costs $3.25, a pint just $1.80. Hours are Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.