I shared tips for making the perfect classic Chinese style tomato and egg stir fry. It is juicy, tender and full of flavor.Have you seen this year's Chinese olympic uniform, the media inside China describe it as one of the most classic Chinese dish--tomato and egg stir fry. Chinese red VS egg yellow!
Tomato and egg stir fry is the most popular dish on Chinese table. It is quick, easy but really not that simple to make the perfect version. The egg should be tender, wrapped with tomato juice and highlighted by a faint scallion aroma. This dish is one of the best partner of steamed rice, steamed buns or even noodles.
The key step of tender egg is to get it well beaten. Use a whisker to beaten the egg with a small pinch of salt and pepper until there is a small layer of fine bubbles. The air inside the egg liquid can help to make them fluffy and tender. Another key step is to choose mature enough tomatoes (juicy ones).
Heat around ¼ cups of oil in wok until really hot, pour egg liquid in. Wait for seconds until the mixture firms. Turn off the fire immediately and then break into smaller pieces. Transfer egg out and leave the oil.
Add tomato wedges in and then use your spatula to slightly press them, so you can end up with more juices. Return egg back, add salt, sugar and scallion. Do a quick stir fry and serve immediately.
Chinese Tomato and Egg Stir Fry
- 2 eggs
- 2 middle size tomatoes , cut into small wedges
- small pinch of salt and pepper , for egg liquid
- ¼ cup oil
- ⅛ tsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. salt , or to taste
- 1 scallion , cut into inch pieces
- In a small bowl, crack and add a small pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until there is a small layer of fine bubbles and the mixture becomes slightly white.
- Cut tomato in halves and remove the core and then further cut into small wedges.
- Heat up oil in wok until really hot, stir egg mixture in. Wait for seconds until the egg liquid firms. Turn off the fire immediately and then break the egg into small pieces. Transfer the egg out and leave the oil in.
- Add tomato wedges in, fry until juicy. Return egg pieces, add salt, sugar and scallion. Do a quick stir fry to combine everything well. Serve immediately.
This looks really good, will try it tonight! I have been looking for some yummy easy recipes with no meat. Thanks for sharing! =)
I would love to use the words of comment of another reader. The key of all the marinating process is to softly massage each piece of meat with your fingers to make sure it is evenly covered by the marinade and they don’t stick together. You’ll have to use your fingers as you won’t achieve this by just stirring with a spoon, fork or chopsticks. That’s why I used the term grasping.
I love this dish sooooooo much . And I even added lanzenby ( Worcestershire sauce) after serving to taste. Works perfectly too .
I can image the delight of having Worcestershire sauce with sweet and sour tomato juices. Thanks for the feedback and happy cooking!
Hello PElaine. Looks great,I have one ? Do you not use the core off the tomatoe? It seems like you just use the outside of the fruit . Than,is leland
I do cut the core of the tomatoes off.
When I was in Sichuan, I really liked to eat this dish (I think it’s called 番茄炒蛋?), however, I found this dish in most restaurants were quite plain. But when I visited the 回族 restaurants, they would make this dish really delicious. I think they would add different spices to it, and have a different way of cooking it. Do you happen to know the recipe for this type of 番茄炒蛋?
I am so sorry that I am not familiar with the Hui restaurant's version. In most cases, this tomato and egg stir fry is quite yummy.
This recipe really reminded me of my childhood. When I always go to China, my mother’s mom will always cook it. One day I asked my grandmother to cook it but it was always wrong and since my other grandmother is getting older, the taste is very different. So now I can make it myself that will taste just right. So thank you!!!
I loved this very much when I was in childhood. It is quite simple and easy to cook as long as the tomato is mature enough. Happy cooking.
This great and easy recipe for a great and affordable “meat”. I had this egg dish in a restaurant once; this tastes just like it. I added a drizzle of sesame oil at the end. I also added some soy sauce and used less oil, although we still used enough to keep eggs from sticking.We doubled the recipe. Very good take on “scrambled eggs “. Will make this again for sure.
We recently visited China and were introduced to this dish. On return to the US, I googled it and found your recipe.
It turned out great the first time I made it!
Thanks Theo! I am so glad to be helpful.
Brad and Yu Hua
Thank you so much for the recipe it was wonderful! It was our first time making tomato and egg together tonight and it came out so well! Your technique for frying the eggs makes them so fluffy. So glad to have found your website and are looking forward to making all of your recipes!
Glad to know it turns out great. Thanks for the feedback.
This tasted wonderful! I just didn't understand what you meant by "fry till juicy".
If you fry tomato for a long time, there will be a layer of juice coming from the tomato.
Thank you so much for an amazing recipe. I tried it tonight for my dinner and it turned out toooo good. By the way, I used toasted sesame oil and overall dish was soo yummy ?