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Friday, January 18, 2008

Fried Egg with Oyster Sauce and Chili: 3am Haiku

Fried Egg with Oyster Sauce and Chili

working late all week
too hungry to be fancy
five minute dish yay

Fried Eggs

much past midnight
crispy, crunchy, runny, sweet.
spicy egg porn.

Fried Eggs

gobbled eggs all up
perfect, it sure hit the spot
zzz zzzz zz zzzzzz burp

Fried Egg with Oyster Sauce & Chili

from Simple Chinese Cooking by Kylie Kwong

4 free range eggs
2 tbls oyster sauce + 1 tbl water, mixed
pinch ground pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
1-2 chilies, finely sliced
3 tbl cooking oil

Carefully crack eggs into a bowl. Heat oil in wok on high heat until surface seems to shimmer slightly. Pour eggs into hot oil. After 1 minute, reduce heat to medium, allowing the underside of the egg to become firm and crisp. The yolks should still be runny at this point. Cook 1 more minute. Gently slide eggs off plate, trying to keep excess oil in wok. Drizzle eggs with oyster sauce. Season with pepper. Garnish with chili and scallions. Serve immediately.

I’m an amateur egg pornographer

…compared to this guy. Here’s the real grand-daddy of egg porn – from the movie Tampopo (thanks Nate!)

Dude. I think I’m gonna hurl.

58 Responses to “Fried Egg with Oyster Sauce and Chili: 3am Haiku”

  1. Nate — 1/18/08 @ 4:22 am

    That’s how I eat my eggs, be it scrambled, easy over, or sunny-side up. Oyster sauce over all. When in college many moons ago, I used to bring my bottle of oyster sauce down to the cafeteria at breakfast!

  2. phyllis — 1/18/08 @ 4:45 am

    whee, i love eating this. my mom used to make it for me all the time when i was growing up. sans the chili b/c i am weaksauce when it comes to spice. quick related question — i always thought this was a cantonese thing. is it also a general chinese way to eat eggs?

  3. daphne — 1/18/08 @ 4:45 am

    yum! i love a good runny egg. I also drizzle some sesame oil for the double yum effect. Love the way the egg crisp up as well!

  4. argus lou — 1/18/08 @ 4:48 am

    Mine is gentle sunny-side-up or half-boiled – with a dash of soya sauce and a twist of freshly ground white pepper. (If I’m hardworking – with stirfried shallots, too.) Gotta try your oyster sauce suggestion!

  5. Meeta — 1/18/08 @ 6:01 am

    Now that is a perfect plate of fried eggs – and this is my lunch for today! I am too busy cleaning out the house and thought I’d surf on by over to your blog to see what you were up to and trust you to make me the perfect lunch!

    Hugs gorgeous!

  6. Kat — 1/18/08 @ 6:12 am

    would have never thought to put oyster sauce on them. thanks for the tip!

  7. Well, you say it’s not fancy, but it looks absolutely beautiful. What a fantastic way of eating fried eggs!

  8. Mike — 1/18/08 @ 7:47 am

    For a 5 minute dish, you sure made it look (and sound) good!

  9. Lydia — 1/18/08 @ 8:09 am

    What’s not to love about this??? Looks divine.

  10. Jackson — 1/18/08 @ 8:44 am

    Wow…never thot of using oyster sauce in fried egg..must b good!

  11. Danielle — 1/18/08 @ 9:07 am

    Mmm, something like this is one of my favorite way to eat eggs. I love the spicy sauce mingling with the runny yolks! And you take beautiful photos even when exhausted and overworked, I must say.

  12. Brave Sir Robin — 1/18/08 @ 9:33 am

    I always love eggs
    For breakfast, lunch, or dinner
    Yours look delicious

  13. Cynthia — 1/18/08 @ 9:58 am

    I have seen one of my favourite chef’s make this too – Kylie Kwong and I tried it, you are right Jaden, this is soooooo good. Actually, I think I’m going to go make some now. Thanks for the reminder :)

  14. Happy Cook — 1/18/08 @ 9:59 am

    Those fried eggs looks so delicious. And with chillies and onions on top of it. Just super delicious.

  15. Lilie — 1/18/08 @ 10:07 am

    You had me at fried egg! I must tell my father-in-law that he can add oyster sauce to his eggs.

  16. joanne — 1/18/08 @ 10:29 am

    It has to be the Lee Kum Kee bottle with the woman and son in the boat with the lotus flower on the label. The premium stuff. I love this stuff, and hubby can’t wrap his taste buds around it. He’s got no problems with chili and tobasco on his eggs. I also use Sirachi sauce on my eggs. My kid is an egg purist, we leave them plain with salt only green food dye allowed. I’m gonna mess with him this weekend and inject food coloring in his hard boiled eggs. Oh wait, maybe I’ll wait until St Patrick’s day or April fool’s day.

  17. Jill — 1/18/08 @ 11:12 am

    I also was up at 3am this morning eating and I’ve been eating fried eggs all week after months of not having any (and I’m pretty sure undercooked yolks are a pregnancy no-no, oh well)… is this a phase of the moon we’re in or something? I can’t wait to try them this way- makes insomnia seem not so bad!

    BTW, love the haikus and I can’t think of anyone else that could take such a beautiful picture of the remains of fabulously runny eggs.

  18. Larry — 1/18/08 @ 11:13 am

    Wow! Spicy egg porn!
    My stomach now yearns for it.
    Can’t leave the office. Darn!

    (Isn’t Spicy Egg Porn opening up for the Foo Fighters in concert? :))

  19. Suzana — 1/18/08 @ 12:25 pm

    This looks perfect for my weeknights. I’m trying this for sure!

  20. katy — 1/18/08 @ 12:42 pm

    egg porn! that’s exactly what that is. is there a better kind? actually… maybe we shouldn’t go there. :-)

  21. Marissa — 1/18/08 @ 12:45 pm

    And now for a new way to enjoy oyster sauce! I never would have thought….oh joy and salivation!

  22. caitlyn — 1/18/08 @ 12:45 pm

    Wow, that looks good. If I was that hungry and it was midnight, I don’t think I would have been able to take such beautiful photos…or even any photos at all. ;)
    My only five-minute meals are Ramen or cheese and crackers.

  23. Suganya — 1/18/08 @ 1:20 pm

    This is way too fancy for a midnight snack. If I were I would ask ‘Where is my cereal box’.

  24. syd — 1/18/08 @ 1:23 pm

    And you ate it with chopsticks? I’m impressed.

    I’m also a bit of a redneck, so take that with a grain.

    Totally going to try this dish. Looks delish.

  25. RecipeGirl — 1/18/08 @ 1:42 pm

    I have to say that if I saw the title of this recipe with no picture, I may have been a little grossed out… but you made this sound/look fabulous! It looks delightfully yummy.

  26. ryanthegirl — 1/18/08 @ 2:03 pm

    HAIKU (!) interspersed with stunning images and the delicious descriptions of said simple, but obviously unbelievable, meal and post. You are TOO creative!

  27. nathan — 1/18/08 @ 2:18 pm

    mm, looks good. instead of oyster sauce, i usually take the thai route with fish sauce, lime juice, and chili.

  28. Banzai — 1/18/08 @ 2:24 pm

    spicy egg pr0n

  29. Grifola frondosa — 1/18/08 @ 3:07 pm

    OK, I’m buying the oyster sauce over sunny side up eggs. The fresh veggies garnish over all looks colorful, delicious and some added crunch.

    BUT, wait just a minute… you’re eating runny eggs with chopsticks?

    This really stretches the imagination.

  30. Mansi — 1/18/08 @ 3:36 pm

    Fried eggs look great! I think I’ll have o pass on the oyster sauce though:)

  31. Nate 2.0 — 1/18/08 @ 3:57 pm

    I’m amazed you had the patience to take at least two pictures (and beautiful ones at that) before gobbling up the eggs.

    You wanna see some egg porn? Watch this clip from “Tampopo”

  32. SK — 1/18/08 @ 4:42 pm

    I usually do this dish with soy sauce and some rice to soak up the yolk with. Will have to try the oyster sauce too!

  33. OK. Freaky again. I just made my basic layered omelet with fish sauce last night and ate it with rice. And then had a craving again this morning and made it again. All the while finally filming and taking pics for a lazy post. But of course, am too lazy to post it. ;)

  34. Larry — 1/18/08 @ 5:20 pm

    Tampopo egg porn
    Why is lunch coming back up?
    Hurl warning first, please.

    Raw eggs and oysters
    Erotically eaten.
    “Nine 1/2 Weeks” clears mind.

  35. Red Icculus — 1/18/08 @ 4:23 pm

    The colors in that dish look amazing. Also, the lighting in these photos are really good.

  36. one food guy — 1/18/08 @ 5:29 pm

    Too hungry to be fancy? Are you serious?! I’ve never seen fried eggs look any better! Now that’s breakfast, or lunch, or dinner!?

  37. Junith — 1/18/08 @ 5:45 pm

    Hate to sound like an idiot, but the red peppers, are those chili peppers (which I usually seem to only find green) or Sweet Bell Peppers? Looks fantastic.

  38. JEP — 1/18/08 @ 7:42 pm

    Can’t go wrong with an egg dish like yours…simply a gorgeous meal:)

  39. Wow! I could go for a plate of those eggs right now. In fact, I’m printing the recipe our right now. They look amazing!

  40. Pravs — 1/18/08 @ 8:49 pm

    Great pics ! Looks so good, eggs are so comforting food.

  41. Judy in SATX — 1/18/08 @ 9:52 pm

    Mmmmm, everything is better with oyster sauce!

  42. SteamyKitchen — 1/19/08 @ 12:05 am

    Junith – You can use sweet bell or red jalepenos

  43. Melinda — 1/19/08 @ 5:58 am

    My husband and I were laughing over the Tampopo egg scene. My husband said…’What are you listening too?…That’s on a food blog?…Steamy Kitchen?…oh, Jaden, that makes sense.’
    That is just gross. Who would do that wearing white?
    I’m still laughing!

  44. chunky — 1/19/08 @ 6:04 am

    just looking at those pics made me salivate…want those eggs, now! great pics steamy. absolutely beautiful!

  45. clumsy — 1/19/08 @ 3:25 pm

    Wow this looks too good to be so easy! I’ll be making this for weeknight dinners next week.

    And that clip is just um… yeah. :D

  46. Bren — 1/19/08 @ 3:47 pm

    Hey Jaden…

    sweet eggs, he?? sweet. will try this week since
    i won’t have to go out and buy any of the

  47. IceCubeJunkie — 1/19/08 @ 9:51 pm

    I’ve never had eggs with oyster sauce before.. heh!! gonna try that.. :) thanks..!

  48. katie — 1/20/08 @ 4:53 pm

    God, I love runny eggs with veggies…. I want that!

  49. chunky — 1/20/08 @ 9:27 pm

    the colors are so amazing- really great pics! made me salivate for eggs…now!!!

  50. Cindy — 1/21/08 @ 9:34 pm

    Your 5 minute dish looks like a 50 minutes feast to me!

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