Nutrient-dense and high in protein, eggs play an important role in plenty of cuisines, including Chinese. Scrambled, hard-boiled, or mixed in a soup, eggs star in a number of Chinese recipes, like Egg Foo Yung, tea eggs or egg drop soup, that are easy and wonderfully flavorful.
Our collection features some of the favorite egg-based Chinese dishes, from mains to sides.
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Egg foo yung is basically the Chinese version of the French omelet, which, although it tastes great on its own, is frequently accompanied by a brown sauce or gravy. This recipe makes its brown sauce with soy, chicken broth, and sesame oil, but feel free to use this brown sauce from beef with broccoli. Mix eggs with mushrooms, bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, and green onions, and make a fluffy omelet that you'll cover in the brown sauce for an extra moist breakfast or lunch. Enjoy this dish after 35 minutes of prep and cooking.
There are no rules set in stone about what egg foo yung includes, so choose from seafood, cured meats, vegetables, or sprouts. Be sure to cook the vegetables before adding them and to drain all excess water from cooking, and always mix the ingredients outside of the pan.
02 of 07
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, soy, and spices. Once the shell is removed, the eggs have a beautiful marbled pattern.
Tea eggs make a great filling snack and can be served with a salad and other cold dishes to make a whole meal. Ready in 2.5 hours. The quick version of these eggs makes them equally tasty but less visually appealing: make hardboiled eggs, peel them and submerge them in a liquid of soy, black tea, and spices. You'll lose the marbled texture but will have the delicious flavor.
03 of 07
A traditional Cantonese dish, egg custard with pork is somewhat simple to make. Ground pork and spices are covered in a flavorful egg custard and then steamed for 10 minutes or until the eggs are thoroughly cooked. The beauty of this recipe is that it is versatile because you can change the meat, or add different vegetables. It is nutritious, filling, and ultimately a complete meal that's ready in no time.
Serve with white rice for a delicious lunch.
04 of 07
This recipe is made with Chinese garlic chives, known for their super “garlicky” flavor, but use regular chives if you can't find the Chinese type. Although this dish typically uses a large number of chives, reduce the amount to 2 or 3 tablespoons to add other seasonings if desired.
With just eggs, chives, soy sauce, and oil, you can put this dish together in 10 minutes, and easily make a delicious twist on a breakfast staple. Serve with white rice or bread.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
If you’re looking for a way to jazz up scrambled eggs for your next brunch, use Chinese seasonings like oyster sauce and rice wine (or sherry). To further enhance the recipe, try marinating the shrimp before cooking, and serve this innovative take on eggs in just 10 minutes.
Chicken broth added to the eggs gives them a fluffy and silky texture, and the crunch and flavor the shrimp adds to the dish are simply irresistible.
06 of 07
Chop suey is a Chinese-American dish comprised of meat, eggs, and vegetables quickly cooked in a thick sauce. This recipe includes quail eggs, which are speckled and smaller than hen eggs, but also higher in protein, vitamin A, and certain B vitamins.
The eggs are paired with pork, shrimp, and vegetables to make a classic comfort dish. Cook the pork with garlic and onion and add water to cook, add your quail eggs, shrimp and veggies, and a sauce of soy and oyster sauce with sesame seed. Prep and cook in 50 minutes and serve with white rice.
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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.
For our version, you need chicken broth, eggs, spring onions, and spices. Ready in 20 minutes. Simply bring the broth to a boil and add the lightly scrambled eggs, stirring vigorously for 1 minute. Add chives and serve with rice for a delicious and healthy meal.