Fried tomatoes and scrambled eggs – yum! This is one of the first dishes I learned how to order in China. The Chinese name is xi hong shi chao ji dan (say: she hung sure chow gee don). It is a simple and classic dish, but requires a little practice to get just right. Here are the steps.
Set out your ingredients. They are: three eggs, one medium red tomato (sliced), cooking oil (vegetable or peanut), salt, sugar and vinegar. You can also add sliced spring onion and minced garlic. Utensils include a wok, a spatula for stirring and a couple of bowls.
Put a little oil in the wok and heat. While the oil is getting hot, crack your eggs into a bowl and scramble them slightly. Pour them into the hot wok. Throw in some sliced spring onion if desired. You can scramble the eggs a little more in the wok if you wish.
Remove the scrambled eggs and set aside. Next, fry the sliced tomatoes. While they are frying add a dash of salt and perhaps some minced garlic.
When the tomatoes are almost done, add back in the eggs and stir a little to mix. Not too much, though. A lot of Chinese cooks add sugar at this point. Try it both ways and see which you like best.
Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can double the recipe and try it out on your family or guests. Watch for more classic Chinese recipes… coming soon!