Tomato Egg Soup 番茄蛋汤

Instead of making tomato egg-drop soup (similar to Bitter Melon Egg Drop Soup, Chive Egg-Drop Soup) in which the egg is gently stirred into the soup towards the end of cooking, to create pretty, soft and silky egg swirls and ribbons;  I switched the sequence a little - first, by frying tomatoes with egg (Tomato Scrambled Eggs recipe), then adding the tomato scrambled eggs to a vegetables-based broth, making the soup of today - Tomato Egg Soup.

The sweet tomatoes impart natural umani flavors to this soup and it is absolutely delicious. Soup season is here! A comforting and satisfying one-dish noodle soup is definitely a keeper in the cooler months ahead.

Tomato Egg Soup 番茄蛋汤
3-4 medium size tomatoes, divided use (2 tomatoes sliced to wedges, 2 tomatoes chopped to bite-sizes)
3 organic eggs, lightly whisked
1 shallot
2 green onions, finely chopped, separate the white and green portions, divided use
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 cup chicken stock or vegetarian stock (or water)
1 celery thinly sliced (optional)
1/2 organic green bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
Salt and ground white pepper to taste

Directions: Fry the tomato wedges and eggs with 1/3 of white portions of green onions in 2tbsp cooking oil (refer Tomato Scrambled/ Fried Eggs recipe). Dish out and set aside. Fry the shallots and remaining white portions of green onions in 1tbsp cooking oil, then add garlic and lightly saute till shallots turn slightly translucent. Add the stock or water and let it come to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and celery and let it cook in the simmering broth. (Note: Celery and bell peppers are optional. I added them because I had them in the fridge, and wanted to add some vegetables to complete my one-dish meal). Return the tomato and eggs back to pot, pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle in 1-2 tsp of sesame oil. Turn off heat. Cover pot and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes, allowing all the flavors to come together. Serve as soup base to noodles.

Not only do we share similar tastebuds and cooking styles, both of us coincidentally made this similar dish quite at the same time -  Noobcook's Tomato Egg Noodles (is that telepathy?).

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