Tomato & Eggs (番茄炒蛋)

A juicy weeknight side dish that you can whip up in minutes!

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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Yields
4 servings

A Recipe by Daddy Lau

My dad's been cooking Chinese food for over 50 years - as a kid fending for himself in Guangzhou, as the head chef of his own restaurant, and as a loving father in our home.

Hopefully, by learning this recipe, you'll get to experience some of the delicious joy we felt growing up eating his food!

- Randy

This dish is a weeknight favorite! You won't believe how much flavor and texture you can create in 15 minutes. Honestly, maybe even 10 if you're super speedy.

Bonus: it requires the absolute bare minimum of ingredients. We don't even use garlic, or soy sauce, or oyster sauce. You can probably find every single one of these ingredients in any typical grocery store or supermarket. (If we can find a gas station that sells tomatoes... anyone up for a challenge?)

Check out a quick story summary of our recipe!

Ingredients

Weight: US
oz
g
Volume: US
cup
mL
Servings
4

Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb tomato
  • 4 egg
  • 5 slice ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (

    for slurry

    )
  • 4 tbsp water (

    for slurry

    )
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp water

Seasonings

  • 0.50 tsp salt (

    for eggs

    )
  • 0.50 tsp salt (

    for stir-fry

    )
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (

    for stir-fry

    )
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (

    for stir-fry

    )

To peel or not to peel (the tomatoes)

For this dish, you can peel some or all of the tomatoes, or leave them unpeeled. There's not much of a difference in taste, but the texture will be different.

Peeled or partially peeled tomatoes will break down much faster, so you'll get a juicier, saucier dish. You also will have less, or no, tomato peels to chew on, if you or another eater prefers this dish completely soft.

Tomatoes with the peel still on will break down more slowly. You'll probably see more, and bigger, chunks of tomato. If you prefer more of a bite to your food, this may be the version for you.

Meet the helpers: ginger, sugar, and ketchup

If your tomato dishes taste a too little fresh-off-the-vine raw even when you cook them, you may want to spend some more time playing with these surprisingly impactful ingredients.

Daddy Lau uses ginger basically every time he makes something with tomatoes. They're forever partners! The ginger's warmth complements the tartness of the tomatoes.

Sugar is another ingredient that we often pair with tomatoes. The sweetness helps tone down the tartness, so if you have an especially sour tomato, try upping the sugar a bit.

Ketchup may be a funny thing to see in a Chinese recipe. It doesn't even get a spot in those condiment caddies on the table at Chinese restaurants! As a cooking ingredient, though, its acidity is great for brightening up the flavors of your food, and since it's tomato-based, it also amps up the tomato flavor for this dish.

This step is optional. You can leave the tomatoes unpeeled, peel just a few, or peel all of them.

Boil water, enough to later submerge the tomatoes. Shallowly score the tomatoes (1.5 lb) with an X, and place into a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the tomatoes, and let them sit for about 2 minutes, or until the peel starts to curl out from the X.

Carefully remove the tomatoes from the hot water, and use a knife to pull the peels away from the tomatoes. They should peel right off!

Cut tomato

Cut each tomato in half and remove the hard bit at the stem. Cut each half further into 4 wedges, ensuring that the core and seeds are still intact.

Cut 5 thin slices of ginger (5 slice), and then julienne into thin strips.

Crack the eggs (4 ) into a large bowl. Season it with salt (0.50 tsp), and then beat vigorously until well combined. Get that air in there!

In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch (1 tbsp) and water (4 tbsp).

This slurry is important for thickening your sauce to the right consistency, and making it now before the stove is on means you won't be frantically throwing it together while your food overcooks!

Heat the pan on high heat. When it's hot, but not smoking, add oil and give the pan a swirl to coat. Pour in the beaten eggs, and push the eggs gently around with a spatula to scramble.

When the eggs are about 80% cooked through, which will take about 35 seconds, transfer them to a temporary plate or bowl. The bowl where you beat them originally will work great!

The pan should still be hot, so add a bit more oil, and then add the julienned ginger. Once the ginger is in, add the tomato wedges. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, then add water (3 tbsp).

Season with salt (0.50 tsp) and brown sugar (2 tbsp). The sugar helps tone down the tartness of the tomatoes, so if your tomatoes are especially sour, you can add a bit more sugar to your liking. Keep the tomatoes cooking for about 2.5 minutes. If you're having a hard time keeping the tomatoes at a boil, you may need to cover it with a lid.

Give your cornstarch slurry a quick mix if it's settled, and then slowly pour it into the pan, mixing as you go.

Keep checking the consistency. Depending on how thick you like the sauce, you may not need all of the slurry.

Add eggs & ketchup

Add the eggs back into the pan. Stir it in and let cook for 50 seconds, then turn off the heat to keep it from overcooking. Add the ketchup (2 tbsp) and mix it in.

Give it a taste (but be careful, it's hot!) and adjust the seasoning if needed. Scoop or pour it out into a serving dish, and enjoy!

Summary

Tomato & Eggs (番茄炒蛋)
A juicy weeknight side dish that you can whip up in minutes!
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings

Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb tomato
  • 4 egg
  • 5 slice ginger
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch (

    for slurry

    )
  • 4 tbsp water (

    for slurry

    )
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp water

Seasonings

  • 0.50 tsp salt (

    for eggs

    )
  • 0.50 tsp salt (

    for stir-fry

    )
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (

    for stir-fry

    )
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (

    for stir-fry

    )

Step 1 - Peel tomato

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This step is optional. You can leave the tomatoes unpeeled, peel just a few, or peel all of them.

Boil water, enough to later submerge the tomatoes. Shallowly score the tomatoes (1.5 lb) with an X, and place into a bowl. Pour the boiling water over the tomatoes, and let sit for about 2 minutes, or until the peel starts to curl out from the X.

Carefully remove the tomatoes from the hot water, and use a knife to pull the peels away from the tomatoes.

Cut tomato

Cut each tomato in half and remove the hard bit at the stem. Cut each half further into 4 wedges.

Step 2 - Cut ginger

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Cut 5 thin slices of ginger (5 slice), and then julienne into thin strips.

Step 3 - Prepare eggs

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Crack the eggs (4 ) into a large bowl. Season it with salt (0.50 tsp), and then beat vigorously until well combined.

Step 4 - Prepare cornstarch slurry

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In a small bowl, mix together cornstarch (1 tbsp) and water (4 tbsp).

Step 5 - Cook eggs

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Heat the pan on high heat. Add oil and give the pan a swirl to coat. Pour in the beaten eggs, and push the eggs gently around to scramble.

When the eggs are about 80% cooked through, transfer them to a temporary plate or bowl.

Step 6 - Cook tomatoes

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The pan should still be hot, so add a bit more oil. Add the julienned ginger, then the tomato wedges. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds, then add water (3 tbsp).

Season with salt (0.50 tsp) and brown sugar (2 tbsp). Keep the tomatoes cooking for about 2.5 minutes.

Give your cornstarch slurry a quick mix if it's settled, and then slowly pour it into the pan, mixing as you go. Depending on how thick you like the sauce, you may not need all of the slurry.

Add eggs & ketchup

Add the eggs back into the pan. Stir it in and let cook for 50 seconds, then turn off the heat. Add the ketchup (2 tbsp) and mix it in.

Step 7 - Taste test & serve

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Give it a taste (but be careful, it's hot!) and adjust the seasoning if needed. Scoop or pour it out into a serving dish, and enjoy!

Step 8 - Take pictures
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Step 9 - Share and tag us on Instagram @madewithlau #madewithlau!
Did you have fun making this recipe? We'd love to see & hear about it. (Especially my dad. He would be THRILLED!)

Enjoy!

We have many, many happy memories of enjoying this dish growing up.

Now, hopefully, you can create your own memories with this dish with your loved ones.

Also, I cordially invite you to eat with us and learn more about the dish, Chinese culture, and my family.

Cheers, and thanks for cooking with us!

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about the recipe.