Step into the vibrant world of Chinese cuisine as we unravel the mouthwatering allure of a classic dish: Chinese Tomato Eggs. With its harmonious blend of flavors and simple yet satisfying preparation, this beloved recipe has captured the hearts and palates of millions. Join us on a culinary journey as we delve into the art of creating this delightful dish, discovering the secrets behind its succulent tomatoes, fluffy eggs, and tantalizing tanginess.
Chinese Tomato Eggs, also known as “西红柿炒鸡蛋” (Xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn) in Mandarin, is a popular and simple Chinese dish that combines eggs and tomatoes. It is a staple in many Chinese households and is commonly served as a side dish or as part of a larger meal.
- 3-4 medium-sized tomatoes
- 4 eggs
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- Salt to taste
- Chopped green onions for garnish (optional)
Start by preparing the tomatoes. Cut a small “X” on the bottom of each tomato, then blanch them in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Remove the tomatoes and let them cool. Once cooled, peel off the skin and chop the tomatoes into small wedges.
In a bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
Heat a wok or a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the cooking oil and swirl it around to coat the pan.
Add the minced garlic to the hot oil and stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant.
Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and stir-fry for about 2 minutes until they start to soften.
Push the tomatoes to the side of the pan and pour the beaten eggs into the center. Let the eggs cook undisturbed for about 10-15 seconds until they start to set around the edges.
Gently scramble the eggs with a spatula, breaking them up into small pieces. Mix the eggs with the tomatoes.
Add the soy sauce and a pinch of salt to the pan. Stir-fry for another minute or two until the eggs are cooked through and the flavors are well combined.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add a bit more soy sauce or salt according to your preference.
Transfer the Chinese Tomato Eggs to a serving dish and garnish with chopped green onions if desired.
Chinese Tomato Eggs are commonly served with steamed rice or as part of a larger Chinese meal. They are delicious, comforting, and make for a quick and easy dish.
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