Scrambled Eggs with Chinese Chives

25th July 2019, Dietitian Marcus Lee, Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital

Chinese chives or garlic chives knowns as “Jiu Cai” in Mandarin, or “Goo Chye” in Hokkien, is one of the common ingredients typically found in Chinese Cuisine. Chinese chives look similar to spring onions, but they actually taste like garlic. Chinese chives are an alternative for those who don’t like full-flavored garlic. Chinese chives can be used to enhance flavour in stir-fries, and particularly go well with eggs and seafood. You’ll often find them paired with scrambled eggs or prawns.

Consuming high-protein foods such as eggs is crucial for cancer patients because it can help to heal tissues, prevent muscle loss, and reduce the risk of infection. Cancer patients are also advised to maintain their body weight and keep their energy intake high.

Fats are essential to provide energy and fat-soluble vitamins to your body, to support cell growth, and help to protect organs. Cooking oil is one of the most prominent sources of dietary fats.

Stir-frying is a good way to add fats into your diet. Stir-frying refers to quickly frying small pieces of food in a large pan or wok over very high heat with small amount of oil. When you use stir-frying method, you will turn your food into a high energy meal.

There are usually two ways to mix eggs and Chinese chives:

  • Stir-fry the whisked eggs and chive sections together to make scrambled eggs
  • Chives are chopped into smaller sections, mixed with whisked eggs and pan-fry to make omelette

Let’s try the first one.


Scrambled Eggs with Chinese Chives

(serves 2-3)


  • 4 eggs, size AA
  • 1 small bunch of Chinese chives, about 150g
  • a pinch of ground white pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoon, sunflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • Optional: Add prawns


  1. Wash and drain the Chinese chives, remove the hard heads, then chop into 1-inch sections.
  2. Whisk eggs well with pepper and soy sauce. Set aside.
  3. Heat up cooking oil in a large non-stick skillet.
  4. Turn to medium heat, pour in the whisked eggs and set for few seconds.
  5. Add chives in, quickly stir-fry until the chives are almost softened. Do not overcook the chives.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.