2009/02/02

Scrambled eggs w/ tomatoes (黄金满屋,鸿运当头)

scrambled eggs with tomatoes, eggs, tomatoes, food for toddlers

Have you seen a TVB Hong Kong cooking show called “SO FAR 苏 GOOD”? It is hosted by Susie Wong (苏施王). I love watching her show as she is straight-to-point, sprinkled with lots of typical Hong Kong humour.
When I first chanced upon her show, she was teaching a group of newly wed couples (all inexperienced in cooking) on how to make the perfect scrambled eggs with tomatoes (蕃茄炒蛋). Although it is not a new dish to me, I was very impressed with the method she taught them. It was totally different from those western methods I have read/ tried before. Having tried it myself, I find her way of cooking produces scrambled eggs with a smoother texture. Below is her recipe (with some slight modifications):

Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 tomatoes (I replaced with 1 tomato and some canned diced tomatoes)
1 medium sized onion (chopped)

Seasonings:
Tomato ketchup
Light soya sauce
Sugar
Pepper
Cornflour (mixed with water)

Methods:
Group (A)
1) Boil water (volume should be enough to cover the tomatoes). Remove the stems of the tomatoes. Use the tip of a knife to cut a very shallow "X" on the bottom of the tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water. Keeping them in for just 30 secs and taking them out quickly. Once the tomatoes get cooled, peel off the skin with your hands and dice.
2) Heat up wok with oil. Sauté onion until fragrant.
3) Add in diced tomatoes and simmer until they turn mushy.
4) Add in tomato ketchup (according to your personal preference). Start with 2 tbsp.
5) If it is too sour, add dash of sugar. If it is too sweet, add dash of light soya sauce.
6) If the tomato gravy is too dry, add dash of water.
7) Thicken with cornflour solution. Dish up and set aside.

Group B
1) Separate egg whites and egg yolks.
2) Beat egg yolks. Add in light soya sauce (salt should not be used) and pepper.
3) Mix with some cornflour solution to produce a fluffy texture. (I learnt this tip from a cookbook).
4) Combine with egg whites and stir until it is well-combined. Do not beat the egg whites.
5) Heat up wok with oil under high heat. When the oil is hot, pour in the egg mixture. (The egg mixture will not stick to the wok if the oil is hot enough). Stir quickly until the eggs are firm and set. Dish up and pour over group A. Use a spoon to mix well the scrambled eggs and tomatoes. Serve.

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Since we are still in Chinese New Year celebration mood, which last for 15 days, I like to name this dish as "黄金满屋,鸿运当头"(House gets laden with gold, prosperity has arrived)! This auspicious name is derived from the colour combination of this dish. Yellow (egg) signifies gold and red (tomato) signifies prosperity. If that sounds auspicious to you, why wait? Try it out.

34 comments:

Selba said...

Beautiful color... I like to make this kind of dish sometime :)

Little Inbox said...

Wow, what a good name for the dish! :) Eh? 鸿运当斗, the tou should be 头 right?

Food For Tots said...

Selba: Tks for your kind words! Hope you will like it.

Little Inbox: Tks for highlighting the error. Hope my Chinese teacher never see it. Hehehe! ;)

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

Nice colours, nice phrases! Really 鸿运当头 !

Anonymous said...

Hi, guess there is typo on Step 2 and 4 under Group B, i.e. Step 2 states beat egg yolk (should it be egg white?) and Step 4 says "do not beat egg yolk". Simple dish but it definitely looks nice!

Food For Tots said...

Alice (BOLNT): May the God of Prosperity (Chai Sen) follow us closely in the Year of Ox! Hahaha!

Anonymous: Tks for highlighting my typo. Dunno why my brain and eyes cannot coordinate well during this festive season. Hehehe! Only beat the egg yolks not the egg whites as it is to minimise the formation of bubbles in the egg mixtures.

Pearl said...

omgod i love tomatoes + scrambled eggs.. my mom makes them and it's so good!

New Kid on the Blog said...

Good name!!!! :)

CRIZ LAI said...

I love how you shoot the food. It surely made a simple dish irresistible. :)

My way is almost similar except i do get rid of the tomato seeds and add a dash of sesame oil. :)

http://crizfood.com/

pigpigscorner said...

A very auspicious dish! Adding cornflour to yolks is new to me. Will try this next time.

Food For Tots said...

Pearl: U r so lucky to have mom's cooking! I had been eating outside food since my uni time.

NKOTB: Kam Siah! Kam Siah!

Criz Lai: Tks for your compliment. I am so flattered!! Never use sesame oil before. Will try it out next time. Tks for sharing.

Pigpigcorner: Remember to dilute the cornflour with some water before adding into the egg mixture. Hope u like it. ;)

tigerfish said...

It sounds like a simple dish but I understand it is not easy to cook this dish to perfection.

worldwindows said...

Now this is really useful. My scrambled eggs dish is usually 3-4 steps :)

Dora said...

Does it taste sour since so much tomatoes are added? Just curious since i have not tried before. Only tried eating sunny side up with tomato sauce. ;p

Beachlover said...

oh my! I love this simple scramble eggs wi tomato..

ck lam said...

A good combination of colour and name for this dish.

noobcook said...

This is the type of breakfast I hope to wake up to :D

cariso said...

Mind telling me what's the difference on the way she taught compared to others that made hers standing out?

Food For Tots said...

Tigerfish: Agreed with u. Timing and temperature are the 2 key points.

Worldwindows: Glad to know that u find these steps useful.

Dora: It depends on the type of tomato u use. Get those fully ripen tomatoes. If u find that it is still sour during cooking, add dash of sugar.

Beachlover & CKlam: Tks!!

Noobcook: Yes, it is indeed a perfect breakfast for me too!

Food For Tots said...

Cariso: She asked all the couples to made this dish first and then pointed out their mistakes. Then she did a cooking demo based on her own method. After that, all the couples made their comments on her cooking. U can watch her show at http://v.youku.com. Did I answer ur question?

Gattina said...

thanks for sharing this good tip on frying egg... must try!!! And your beautiful photos have already convinced me the great result!

cariso said...

Ya, thank you!

Pam said...

I love this dish. It reminds me of something I Dad used to make for me.

Christine said...

I love cooking scrambled eggs with tomatoes. Not only does this dish yummy, but also healthy.
Your way of cooking scrambled eggs quite different from mine. I like to give it a try next time I cook this dish.

Food For Tots said...

Gattina: Tks for your compliment. I still have a lot to learn from you. Your shots are really fantastic!

Pam: Wow! Ur dad must be a great cook. Unfortunately my dad never cook.

Christine: This is the first time I tried Susie Wong's method. My previous method is also diff than hers.

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I'll ignore the tots bit because this looks just delicious as a breakfast for me, too!

Anonymous said...

hi, i like to view ur site very much.
u make me know a lot to cooking n loves to cooking as i can c lots of ur effort there.

this recipe make me giggle a while thinking back bout that episode where the couples 'play' wif the egg.
one couple most funny where they just put the whole egg in the tomato on the wok n close the wok.

shavedicesundays said...

I need to try this recipe. I've only mixed eggs with milk, not corn starch before. Thanks for the great tip. Love it!

Food For Tots said...

Scott At Real Epicurean: Tks for dropping by at my blog and your kind comments. ;)

Anonymous: Tks for your compliments! I am still a novice in cooking. U r also a fan of Susie Wong? That's great!! Nowadays I watch her show from Youtube and http://v.youku.com.

Shavedicesundays: Besides scrambled eggs, I also used cornstarch for omelettes too. Give it a try!

Tin said...

Wow, this is a good dish for me to try on my kids. I only know scrambbled onion eggs, didn't know there are so many variations to egg-dishes out there!!!

Thanks!!

Food For Tots said...

Tin: Hope to hear good news from you! ;) Another recommended egg dish for ur kids: ridge gourd with prawn omelette

Kevin said...

That looks like a nice breakfast!

Tin said...

Thanks a lot! I will note the dish "ridge gourd with prawn omelette" down as well.

Sad to say, still no improvement from my son yet... :(
He only sits on the hair chair for his feed for a short while. Then he struggles to come down. As for my dd, I'm glad she now eats for about an hour only! Great improvement from her 3-hour self-feed :) (but better keep fingers crossed first, cos' those were on good days)

Food For Tots said...

Kevin: Tks for visiting my blog and hope to see u again!

Tin: If you are persistent, consistent and patience enough with your approach, thing is definitely going to improve. Just a matter of time. 加油!