Nutrient-dense and high in protein, eggs play an important role in many diets, including Chinese cuisine. Scrambled, hard-boiled, or mixed in a soup, there are a number of Chinese egg recipes—including Egg Foo Yung, a classic comfort dish.
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This savory snack is sold by street vendors throughout China and Taiwan. Hard-boiled eggs are gently tapped all over the shell so that cracks appear, then simmered in an aromatic mixture of black tea and spices. Once the shell is removed, the eggs have a beautiful marbled pattern. Tea eggs make a great snack (they’re low in carbs and calories), and can be served with a salad and other cold dishes to make up a meal.
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A traditional Cantonese dish, egg custard with pork is somewhat simple to make but may be challenging to master. The beauty of this recipe is that it is versatile (change out the meat, add different vegetables) and a nutritious, filling, complete meal. Just make sure you stick to the water-to-egg ratio to guarantee a silky custard.
This recipe comes from HeartSmart Chinese cooking (one in a series of cookbooks published by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada).
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This recipe for Chinese scrambled eggs is made with Chinese garlic chives, known for their “garlicky” flavor. Chinese garlic chives pair nicely with egg, but you can use regular chives if you would like. This dish typically calls for a large quantity of chives—feel free to reduce the amount to 2 or 3 tablespoons and add other seasonings if desired.
With just eggs, chives, soy sauce, and oil, you can put this dish together quickly and easily and make a delicious twist on a breakfast standard in no time.
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Here’s another idea if you’re looking for a way to jazz up scrambled eggs. Chinese seasonings such as oyster sauce and rice wine (you can substitute dry sherry) add a unique flavor to this basic scrambled eggs recipe. To further enhance the recipe, try marinating the shrimp before cooking.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Chop Suey is an American-Chinese dish comprised of meat, eggs, and vegetables quickly cooked in a thick sauce. This recipe includes quail eggs—speckled and smaller than hen’s eggs, quail eggs also contain a higher percentage of protein, Vitamin A, and certain B vitamins. In this recipe, the eggs are paired with pork, shrimp, and vegetables to make a classic comfort dish.
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Egg Foo Yung is basically a Chinese omelet that, although tastes great on its own, is frequently accompanied with a brown sauce or gravy. (The brown sauce used in beef with broccoli works perfectly.) Here, you’ll find cooking tips for making Egg Foo Yung, along with a few versions, including a hearty Egg Foo Yung recipe with Chinese sausage, and a recipe for Deep-fried Egg Foo Yung.
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Considered Chinese comfort food, egg drop soup is basically a chicken broth with beaten eggs and spring onion. Some cooks prefer a more bland broth to allow the eggs and onions to shine through, but a chicken or vegetable broth makes for a nicely flavored soup. You may find a thicker version of this in restaurants where cornstarch has been added.