When eating Chinese food, soups are a clear choice as an appetizer before the main meal. Many individuals love ordering a pint, bowl, or cup of egg drop and wonton soup. Both are staples in Chinese culture and are available on nearly every menu at a Chinese restaurant. However, what are the differences between the two soups? Aside from the ingredients, there are different origins, calories, and flavors associated with both soups.

What is egg drop soup?

Egg drop soup is originally from China. The soup is made of eggs and chicken broth. Egg drop soup is cooked by heating chicken broth to a boiling temperature and then pouring thinly beaten eggs into the broth, cooking the eggs upon immersion. This soup is offered in many countries around the world and oftentimes contains the same simple ingredients. However, in America, the soup appears much thicker than in China. In America, cornstarch is sometimes added to the soup in order to make it thicker.

Egg Drop Soup Prepared Food Dish
Egg drop soup is typically made with clear broth and egg yolks.

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What is wonton soup?

Wonton soup is also a Chinese-originated soup. It is made with clear flavored broth and Chinese wontons, which are a version of dumplings. Wontons are filled with many different things, but most often are filled with ground pork and vegetables. However, there are also shrimp wontons available in many Chinese restaurants. Wonton soup most often comes with pork-filled wontons. Some restaurants serve wonton soup with vegetables in the broth, instead of a clear broth, depending on where you are ordering from.

Which soup has more calories?

Egg drop soup does not have a ton of calories, as there are not many ingredients in the soup. Typically, a bowl of egg drop soup will have 65 calories. Wonton soup, however, tends to have more calories as the wontons add more to the soup. However, the calorie count is not as high as one would anticipate. A cup of wonton soup typically has only 71 calories.

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Wontons are typically made with pork and vegetables.

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Which soup is higher in fat?

Many would assume that because egg drop soup has fewer calories, it is also lower in fat content. This is not the case. As it so happens, egg drop is higher in fat than wonton soup. Egg drop soup has 1.5 grams of fat, with 0.4 grams of saturated fat. Wonton soup, on the other hand, has 0.6 grams of fat and 0.1 grams of saturated fat.

Which soup has higher sodium?

Both egg drop soup and wonton soup are high in sodium. The sodium count in the soups accounts for a portion of the recommended daily sodium intake. Egg drop soup has 891.7 milligrams of sodium in a cup, while wonton soup has 905.4 milligrams of sodium in a cup.

Which soup has more carbs?

Many people who are on specific diets are looking for low-carb options when it comes to their meals. There are not many carbs in either soup, however, that does not mean there are none. In a cup of egg drop soup, there are 10.3 grams of carbohydrates. Wonton soup has typically more carbs in a cup of its soup due to the outer layer of the wonton itself. Wonton soup has 11.7 grams of carbohydrates. In retrospect, these are not high counts.

Does either soup offer protein?

Fortunately, both egg drop soup and wonton soup are sources of protein—though, not much. Due to the pork in the wonton soup and the eggs in the egg drop soup, both offer small grams of protein. Egg drop soup has 2.8 grams of protein, while wonton soup has 4.6 grams of protein.

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Wonton soup can sometimes have noodles in it, as well.


Does either of the soups offer vitamin enrichment?

Both soups do offer some vitamin enrichment due to the ingredients in the broth and the soup itself. In comparison, egg drop soup offers more vitamin C and vitamin A than wonton soup. However, wonton soup also offers vitamins, such as vitamin B and folate.

The bottom line

Both egg drop soup and wonton soup are staples of Chinese culture and are offered in American Chinese restaurants, nearly on every menu. For those who are interested in lessening their caloric intake, egg drop soup may be a better choice. However, wonton soup offers more protein and more vitamin B. On the other hand, egg drop soup is a great source of vitamin C. Both soups are rich in flavor and satisfying for an appetizer with any meal.

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