‘Foo Yong Dan’
3rd April 2019, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital
Chinese-style omelette or pronounced in Cantonese “Foo Yong Dan” is one of the most popular dishes that commonly found in typical Chinese Cuisine in Malaysia. There are many variations of Chinese-style Omelette created, but the most common version shall be filled with meat (usually “Char Siew” – barbeque pork) or prawns and some shredded vegetables. Another similar variation of omelette can be found in Malay / Indonesian Cuisine is called “Telur Dadar”.
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Try this simple recipe which is something that you’ll find on a lot of home dining tables:
‘Foo Yong Dan’ Chinese-Style Omelette
(serves 1 – 2)
- 4 eggs – size A
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1-2 drops of sesame oil
- Dashes of white pepper
- Spring onions, finely chopped
- 50 gram minced pork or chicken
- 4-5 medium-sized prawn, removed head and shell, cut into small pieces
- Onion, finely chopped
- Carrot, shredded and chopped into smaller pieces
- 2 tablespoons corn oil
- Break the eggs into a large bowl, beat with a whisk.
- Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and pepper into the egg mixture, stir to combine well. Make sure the oyster sauce is fully dissolved in the egg mixture. Set aside.
- Heat up a frying pan with corn oil.
- Turn into medium heat, pour in onion and carrot. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Pour in the minced pork or chicken and prawns. Stir fry until the meat and prawns are almost cooked.
- Add the eggs mixture and spring onion. Pan-fry until you noticed the egg batter is formed.
- Flip over the egg batter and pan fry the other side until it is aromatic and turns golden brown. Do not overcook if you want a fluffy texture.
- Remove from heat and serve.