The Chinese New Year is right around the corner and I figured that that was the perfect excuse to pull our some Chinese recipes! On the top of my list was egg foo young which is a Chinese omelette that is stuffed with vegetables, served on rice and topped with a simple and yet tasty gravy. The base of egg foo young is normally vegetables and bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, water chestnuts etc. are commonly used but you can include pretty whatever vegetables you like. (Making egg foo young is a great way to clean out the fridge!) Meats can also be included and common ones include ham, shrimp, pork, beef and/or chicken but you can easily keep it vegetarian by sticking with just the vegetables and padding them out with mushrooms never hurts. All of the ingredients are held together by, you guessed it, eggs! Once the ‘batter’ has been made it is fried until golden brown in a pan and the cooked eggs hold everything together.
You could eat the egg young foo as it is but it is usually served over rice and it is topped with a gravy made from broth that is seasoned with soy sauce among other things and it is thickened with a bit of cornstarch. I like to garnish the egg foo young with green onions, cilantro and topping it off with some of the things that are in it makes it look all the better.
I really went to town with the egg foo young this week starting with a shrimp version:
Then moving on to a mushroom egg foo young:
Egg foo young reminds me a lot of okonomiyaki or a Japanese pancake so I served some of my leftovers okonomiyaki style topped with okonomiyaki sauce, mayo, katsuboshi, crumbled nori and green onions for a tasty treat!
Of course the leftovers are also good in a sandwich which is called St Paul’s sandwich and in addition to the egg foo young it includes lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo. I could not resist adding some of the leftover gravy to the sandwich to add even more flavour!
Egg Foo Young
Egg foo young is a Chinese omelette that is packed full of vegetables and sometimes meat, and it is commonly served over rice and smothered in a simple and yet tasty gravy.
- 3/4 cup bean sprouts
- 1/4 white onion, diced
- 1/2 cup zucchini, grated
- 1/4 cup carrot, grated
- 3/4 cup bok choy or spinach, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced or shrimp or meat of choice
- 1 small clove garlic, grated
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup broth
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Mix the bean sprouts, onion, zucchini, carrot, bok choy, mushrooms, garlic, ginger and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- Bring the broth to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer adding the soy sauce, rice wine and mirin.
- Mix the cornstarch into the water, add it to the gravy and simmer until it thickens.
- Mix in the sesame oil reduce the heat to low to keep it warm while you cook the omelettes.
- Squeeze any excess liquid from the vegetables, drain and mix with the cilantro and eggs.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Pour 1/3 cup of the mixture into the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Note: If the egg starts to spread out, push it back in with a spatula.
- Serve over steamed rice and top with the gravy and extra vegetables if desired.