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Chinese Corn-and-Mushroom Soup

To make an egg-drop version of this soup, beat two eggs in a bowl and slowly drizzle them into the simmering broth just before serving.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2016


  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 ears corn, shucked and snapped in half
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 8)
  • 1 1/2 inches fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 pound silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil, plus more for serving (optional)


  1. In a pot, bring broth and 2 cups water to a boil. Meanwhile, slice corn from cobs and set aside; add cobs to pot. Remove and discard shiitake stems; cut caps in half (into quarters, if large) and add to pot. Thinly slice scallions and add white and light-green parts to pot, reserving dark-green tops. Grate ginger directly into pot. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes.

  2. Remove cobs from pot. Add corn kernels and tofu. Stir, breaking tofu into bite-size pieces; simmer 1 minute. Stir in soy sauce, sambal oelek, and oil. Serve, with scallion tops, drizzled with more sambal oelek and oil.

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