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Chives Omelet (韭菜煎蛋)


Chives Omelet (韭菜煎蛋)

3 oz Chinese chives (garlic chives) or kucai
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons oil


1/8 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp fish sauce
1/2 tsp oyster sauce
A pinch of salt


Cut the chives into small pieces. Set aside.
Beat the eggs and then season with all the ingredients for Seasonings. Add the chives with the eggs.
Heat up the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Pour the eggs into the wok or skillet, swirl the eggs around so they coat the wok or skillet evenly. As soon as the sides start to cook, flip the eggs over. Continue to cook until the eggs turn light brown or set. Break the omelet into pieces, if you like. Dish out and serve immediately.

Cook’s Note:

Thanks for the reminder from Little Teochew, this dish is especially great with Teochew porridge.

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32 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

    • NR

      Fish sauce in an omelet is the only way to go. All the tasty omelets you get in Thailand (some similar to this one) have fish sauce in them. I put fish sauce on my fried eggs I have for breakfast with toast. It stinks a bit but ooooh soooooh goooood…!

  1. in

    Ooh one of my favourite dishes when I was a kid! Instead of chives, we used chopped long beans or french beans. Eat it with rice and maggi chilli sauce. Delicious!

  2. I bought a bunch of these recently too. Other than cook with eggs, I cook them with tofu – also another 小菜 for porridge! And I found out that roasting them with tofu works too esp. when I am too lazy to turn on the stove and cook.

  3. Hey Bee! Awesome! I have always wondered what to do with leftover chives. Will definitely try this recipe the next time I use chives! Oh Chives are very good with fried tofu too!!!

  4. Call me old school, Bee … but I am a sucker for chives! Yeah, and last time mum used to fry them in a dough (cucur-like) with lots of shrimps.
    Dipped into the garlic chili sauce … heavenly.

  5. Patricia Mack

    Chives omelet is my favourite comfort food…. no need rice or porridge, just plain chive omelet is enough to satisfy me !!!

  6. OMG!! This is my favorite omelet. When I see nice chives in the market, I can never resist buying them to make omelet. However, I did add sesame oil, fish sauce and oyster sauce..I only season with salt and white pepper. I must try your recipe the next time I get some chives. This dish may look simple but not that simple to get it right.

  7. Ann

    Great and simple recipe! Could you please recommend which brand fish sauce and oyster sauce are good to buy? I’m currently in Penang :)

    Thanks so much!

  8. Yun

    Oh I love chives. I love its pungent smell. I cooked this with minced meat at one of my dinner party and one of my friends asked for takeaway. Yummmm…. :D

  9. AllaM

    I am sorry for silly question, but tsp – is it teaspoon or tablespoon? I love chives and want to try this recipe.Thank you.

  10. marla

    What are Chinese chives (garlic chives)? Can the green part of green onions be used?
    This sounds like it would be wonderful in fried rice also.

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