Chinese fluffy omelet

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This is a delicious contrast between golden, fluffy eggs, crunchy fresh greens and salty oyster sauce. You can serve it as a little starter or for a light dinner with steamed jasmin rice.

Chinese fluffy omelet
Photo: Marina Oliphant

Ingredients

3 eggs

1 tsp fish sauce

a few drops sesame oil

1/3 cup peanut or vegetable oil (I like the flavour of peanut oil in this dish, however, vegetable oil works well too)

1/2 cup snow pea sprouts

1/2 cup bean shoots

2 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tbsp oyster sauce

Method

In a bowl, whisk the eggs lightly with the fish sauce and sesame oil. Heat a wok with the peanut oil and when the oil starts to shimmer and is very hot, gently but quickly pour in the eggs (they will puff up).

Use a wooden spoon to loosen the eggs and move them around a little - this will allow more liquid egg to escape and cook. Cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown underneath and almost set inside.

Turn off the heat and push the omelet to one side and pour off the oil into a bowl. Add sprouts, shoots and spring onions to the middle of the omelet and fold over. Allow the omelet to sit for a minute to finish cooking inside and slide the omelet off onto a chopping board. You can serve it as is or, to make the neat shape shown, lift and tuck the top edge under as you roll the omelet to end up with the overlap underneath.

To serve 

Cut in half and place on two serving dishes, spoon over a little oyster sauce and serve.

 

 

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  • Main Ingredients - Eggs
  • Cuisine - Chinese
  • Course - Breakfast/Brunch, Main-course
  • Occasion - Midweek dinner

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What is fish sauce doing in a vegetarian recipe? Isn't the point to be free of such things, or does the author not understand what vegetarian is?

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    david
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    October 02, 2013, 6:26AM
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars

    This is NOT vegetarian if it contains fish sauce and oyster sauce. It is NOT nut-free if it contains peanut oil.

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    Professor Normal
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    October 25, 2013, 1:34PM
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

    Having trouble with the 2 comments above...or I'm going blind, I can't see where it says anything
    about being vegetarian.

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    L.C.
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    November 12, 2013, 5:03PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ha ha! Vegetarians.
    What a gorgeous omelette.

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    Duke
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    November 14, 2013, 9:16PM
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Going to do this next time I make an omelet.
    To the posters above, I can't see one reference to this being a veggo recipe. Talk about vivid imaginations.

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    Yum
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    November 23, 2013, 3:36PM
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Delicious and healthy. I would omit the sesame oil next time, only because I don't care for the flavour personally (although I know it's a staple ingredient in Asian fare).
    I'm a little confused by previous reviews, though... I can't see any mention of vegetarian or nut-free categories anywhere on the page. Has it been edited since those posts or do people not read or read what is not there? If you want vegetarian or nut free, adjust the ingredients to suit.

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    Magstar
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    January 06, 2014, 11:56AM
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely perfect :-) grouchy vegetarians need to get a life !

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    bibbo
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    March 10, 2014, 4:22PM

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