Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tomato Fried Egg 西紅柿炒蛋

Being a childhood dish that was served regularly with the endless supplies of freshly laid eggs and tomatoes from the garden, this has to be the simplest and most delicious dish in the world for me. Very few ingredients are needed but  they do need to be the absolute best! A little sugar and sea salt is all you need to bring out the natural flavours of the two main ingredients and you will have another family favourite in minutes. Less is more? Absolutely! We all think this will be great on toast, just replace the cooking oil with butter instead! 
P.S Tomato goes by the name 番茄 (fanqie meaning foreign eggplant) or 西紅柿 (xihongshi meaning red persimmon from the west) in Chinese.

serves 4 as part of a Chinese meal
you'll need;
5 free range or freshly laid eggs
3 vine ripen tomatoes or freshly picked from your garden
1 spring onion, finely sliced (optional)
dash of soy and white pepper
sea salt and sugar to taste

Slice tomatoes and set aside.

Season eggs with a little soy and white pepper then beat vigorously for a few minutes. This is a very important step!

Heat up 4 tbs of oil then pour in the beaten eggs, stir it around til about 70% cooked, remove and set aside. It should be fluffy and light!

Reheat wok again then add the sliced tomatoes season with a little salt and sugar, fry for a minute then return the par cooked eggs and mix well. Some hot stock can be added for a delicious tomato and egg soup at this stage!

Sprinkle some spring onions over and serve it as part of a Chinese meal.


  1. I totally agree with you...if you are only using a few ingredients they mush be of the best quality...I love eggs...they make such a delicious and affordable meal. These look great.

  2. wow this rocks simple and so tasty yummy

  3. Beautiful dish with such simple ingredients! I can imagine why the ingredients need to be the freshest! I'll be making some for my lunch tomorrow!

  4. This is a dish I can make straight away with the freshly laid eggs and tomatoes from the garden, hehe. Come pick up some eggs and tomatoes soon buddy! Cheers!

  5. It has both of my favourite ingredients so this is perfect for me! I still can't believe how simple this beautiful dish is! Thank you!

  6. Oh I love the combination of eggs and tomatoes! So yummy!

  7. Bo,
    Thank you very much! I'm going to collect some fresh eggs and tomatoes tmr hehe

    Thank you :)

    Thank you and let me know if you like it!

    I'll come over and pick some up, thank you!!

    little panda,
    Oh I thought panda only eats bamboo :) Thank you!

    Thank you and please try!

  8. i remmeber u made somthing similar a few posts back? a dish ur father used to make? this looks as good as that!

  9. 好一道色,香,味具全的小菜!

  10. Harriet from CarltonFebruary 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    What a simple and delicious looking dish! The omelet looks so light and fluffy! I like red persimmon from the west hehe!

  11. I do make this at times. Simple and delish!

  12. This is my favourite dish! I agree the ingredients need to be very fresh, I used some tomatoes from the supermarket once and it was rather bland! I need to make some of this tomorrow hehe.

  13. encanta este tipo de recetas super sencllas y riquisimas a la vez!

  14. zurin,
    Thank you very much! Mmm I can't remember which dish is that! hehe

    大肥 ,

    Sometimes simple is good when the ingredients are so fresh!

    Haha it is such a nice dish to have.

    Tomatoes from the supermarket just won't do haha! I think I need to make some too!

    muchas gracias! :)

  15. A classic dish. My mum used to sometimes add minced pork to make it a one-plate meal on top of rice. I've also seen it as a noodle topping in Beijing.

  16. How wonderful to have such a simple dish with so much flavours! Very delicious looking!

  17. mmmmm i always make this nearly morning for breakfast always with soy sauce! i also add sesame oil into the omlette mixture.

  18. Cool, this is a staple in our households too. Some people add beef, but my mom cooks the way like how you do. Yum!

  19. that could be part of a nice brunch , no? !!
    cheers from Paris Pierre

  20. Wow this dish is as vibrant as the photos of your previous post haha!
    Great looking dish!

  21. Umm yummy yummy...looks awesome..must taste awesome too! So very appealing!

  22. I haven't tried making this myself but had tasted this during my trips to China, not too bad.

  23. Oh yum, that looks so delicious. I don't think I've ever had this before but maybe my mum was anti tomato or something :) Definitely a dish I'd make for a quick weeknight dinner, thanks so much for sharing.

  24. I have no idea why I come here when I'm hungry but it's torture I tell ya, bloody torture!! I am an egg FREAK ;0)

  25. family favourite. I cook this very often or add water to make soup.

  26. Mr Noodles ,
    It would be great with certain noodles I think!

    KL girl in MELB,
    Thank you! Very handy dish to have indeed!

    Ann ,
    Oh it would be great for breakfast! :)

    I prefer just as it is :)

    pierre ,
    Oh yeah perfect as part of a brunch :)

    Haha thank you! I never thought about that !

    Thank you!

    Cool Lassi(e),
    Thank you! I can't tell you how delicious this is :)

    Thank you very much! :)

    You must try if you have some good tomatoes!

    Oh really! Why is she anti tomatoes :) It is perfect any day :)

    Eternally Distracted ,
    Haha at least this is very easy to make, only take 5 minutes to prepare lol

    Haha isn't it great? soup is great too, I sometimes add some soft tofu to it.

  27. I can have this for lunch everyday! What a beautiful looking dish!

  28. Yum! I just got really good organic tomatoes and would love to make this!

  29. Mmm, this looks like a great tasty meal!

  30. It has been a while since I last cooked this tomato egg dish. I must cook myself some soon!
    This looks so succulent and flavourful!

  31. Love this! So simple and so good with rice! I normally fry the tomatoes first to get rid of some water.

  32. These look so good and I have never thought to add sugar to tomatoes like this- I will have to try it!

  33. I often use fresh tomatoes in my eggs and quiche I love their flavors together. I must try making it this way.

  34. lovely presentation and lovely fried eggs..since I am an eggetarian (vegetarian who eats egges) :P this is a treat to me..

  35. Oooh, so yummy! The photos looks delicious!

  36. C'est vraiment une recette qui fait penser à l'été et à sa chaleur.
    A très bientôt.

  37. My kind of food! I have heaps of tomatoes in the garden guess what I'll doing next! :)

  38. Have always loved this combo...tempting pics...

  39. oh wow, hello deliciousness! looks great

  40. love to eat,
    Thank you! me too!

    5 Star Foodie ,
    That would be perfect! :)

    Pravs ,
    Thank you!

    Thank you very much!

    Thank you! Make some soon!

    pigpigscorner ,
    Haha the tummies love the "sauce" too :)

    Lady Ren,
    Thank you! Just very little sugar to enhance the natural flavour of the tomatoes.

    Oh that sounds delicious! Do try and let me know!

    Deepa G Joshi ,
    Oh I'm glad you like it :)

    Catherine ,
    Thank you :)

    Saveurs et Gourmandises ,

    Wow I'm jealous! Make some soon!

    Oh thank you! :)

    Haha Thank you!


  41. wow nice blog...oosome receipes.. I will try it soon.
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