Teochew Porridge Series (潮州粥): Preserved Turnip with Eggs (菜圃蛋)
It’s hard to believe but this time of year, it does get rather cold even here in sunny Southern California. When it’s chilly, I love foods that keep me warm—hot pots, soups, or clay pot dishes. I need the extra warmth to get me through the winter blues…I am a tropical island type of girl.
The recent guest post of Teochew Lo Ack inspired me—Teochew porridge and its scrumptious side dishes might well be the best remedy for me.
Porridge (粥/稀饭) is a popular Chinese mainstay. Known also as congee or “jook” (Cantonese pronunciation), porridge is consumed all over China, Southeast Asia, and wherever Chinese are.
My late parents were particularly partial to porridge and I remember vividly my childhood days when my father would take my mother and I to Teochew porridge restaurants in Georgetown, Penang.
There was one that we would always go back to—an unassuming late night porridge joint that served only porridge and well over 20 side dishes to choose from.
My father would slurp bowl after bowl of plain rice porridge with dishes such as fried eggs with preserved turnip (菜圃蛋), soy sauce eggs (滷蛋), Teochew stewed fish (our favorite!), braised bean curd, preserved vegetable with pork belly (梅菜), salted duck eggs (咸鸭蛋), and the sharp smelling fermented bean curd (腐乳)—humble and modest dishes that pair so flawlessly well with porridge.
With this post, I am starting a Teochew porridge series and mark the start with the popular and delicious fried eggs with preserved turnip (菜圃蛋), a wonderful recipe that requires only two ingredients.
If you love Teochew porridge, please leave a comment and let me know your favorite side dishes.
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Fried Eggs with Preserved Turnip Recipe (菜圃蛋)
Fried eggs with preserved turnip is a simple omelet dish made with eggs and preserved turnip. This recipe is especially good with porridge or congee.
- 3 eggs
- 5-6 tablespoons preserved turnip
- 1 tablespoon oil
Rinse the preserved turnip with water for a few times. Drain and squeeze the water dry with your hand.
Crack the eggs into a small bowl and lightly beaten. Add the preserved turnip and continue to beat the eggs for a few more times.
Heat up a wok and add oil. When the wok is heated, pour the egg mixture into the wok. Swirl the egg around the wok and wait for the bottom to set and turn brown. Flip it over and continue to cook. Use the spatula to break the egg into a few big pieces, dish out and serve immediately.
You can also stir-fry the preserved turnip first before adding the beaten eggs. Stir-fry the preserved turnip first will make them extra crunchy and aromatic. The recipe above is the "lazy" way.