Only three common ingredients needed! Simple yet delicious, tomato and egg stir-fry is truly a national dish adored by every family in China.
I’m wondering if any of you know what the colours of the Chinese Olympic team uniform are. They are red and yellow, representing the national flag. However, Chinese people are not very impressed by the design and have given it an unofficial nickname “Tomato and egg stir-fry”. Although mocked by the public, I don’t think the designer should feel ashamed. After all, tomato and egg stir-fry is truly a national dish, simple yet delicious, and adored by every family in China.
In their very first attempt at cooking, most Chinese children are taught to cook “tomato and egg stir-fry”. It’s a simple dish that involves no difficulties. And it’s cheap to make. Whenever I’m in a hurry, the idea of cooking tomato and egg stir-fry always comes to my rescue. Only THREE common ingredients needed for this dish: tomato, egg and garlic (I don’t include oil, salt and sugar, I assume you always have them in the kitchen).
It takes only a few minutes to cook this dish. Simply accompanied by a bowl of plain rice or noodles, it makes a complete meal. Less is more. Although it involves neither fancy ingredients nor complicated techniques, tomato and egg stir-fry is by no mean a plain dish. It gives you layers of flavours, such as sour, salty, sweet, garlicky, and pleasant textures from mushy tomato and fluffy egg.
Recently in an online conversation, my old school friend Hua recalled: “You made tomato and egg stir-fry for us. I remember you used a strange method that was different from my family’s. It was delicious.” We were teenage girls back then, having an exciting dinner party when our parents were not around. I don’t have any recollection of the dish I made, not to mention the special method that impressed my friend. However, after years of practice in the kitchen, I do have a few tips for this super simple dish.
- Add a little water to the raw egg to make it fluffier and tenderer when cooked.
- Use ripe tomatoes and peel off the skin. This makes the dish more flavoursome, juicier and gives it a better texture.
- Use garlic to enhance the fragrance. It goes very well with tomato and egg (This is my personal preference. Many people use spring onion instead).
Even if you don’t have any special Chinese ingredients to hand for the moment, you can still try this national dish of China. Make it and enjoy!
Have a yummy day!
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