Friday, June 17, 2011

Stir-Fried Tomato and Eggs (Fan Qie Chao Dan)

I don't remember my mom ever having made this home-style Taiwanese dish, but my grandmother certainly did (not while we were in Taiwan, but back in the mid-80's, when she, my Aunt Sheri and I were all living in LA). Tomato & eggs doesn't sound very Chinese, but the addition of garlic, a touch of soy, sweet chili sauce, ketchup and scallions makes this dish distinctive in the pantheon of omelettes. 

6 eggs, beaten (seasoned lightly with 1/4 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp. pepper)
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 scallions, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
1 tbsp. ketchup
1-2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp. sesame oil
1 tbsp. water
1 tsp. cornstarch

1. Mix sweet chili sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, water, sesame oil, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside. 

2. Heat a small amount of vegetable oil in a skillet. Add garlic and half of minced scallions. Stir briefly and add beaten eggs. Cook until the eggs just begin to set. 

3. Push eggs to one side of the skillet and add tomatoes to the other side. Add the reserved chili-ketchup mixture to the tomatoes and cook about 30 seconds-1 minute. 

4. Stir the tomato mixture together with the egg mixture; taste & add a pinch of salt if needed. Remove to a serving dish. Garnish with the remaining minced scallion. Serve with white rice. 

Chop 3 ripe tomatoes.

Mince 2 scallions.

Sweet chili sauce, low sodium soy sauce, cornstarch.

Clockwise, bottom left to right: minced garlic, water, sweet chili sauce, low-sodium soy sauce and sesame oil, cornstarch, minced scallion.

Mix together water, sweet chili sauce, ketchup, soy, sesame oil and cornstarch in a small bowl.

Saute garlic and half of minced scallions in a little veggie oil.

Add beaten egg.

When egg is partially set, shove to one side of the skillet and add tomatoes to the other side.

Stir in the ketchup-sweet chili mixture to the tomatoes and cook briefly.

Gently blend together eggs and tomato mixture.

Remove to serving dish and garnish with the remaining minced scallion. Serve with white rice.


  1. Hey there Ar :) thought I'd let you know I just made this dish for dinner... I don't usually follow recipes exactly but I did with this one as I wanted to get it just right and taste what it's meant to be like... It was delicious :) thank you very much for the step-by-step instructions which made trying the recipe very easy. Kate

    1. Hey Kate - that's awesome! I'm so glad the recipe turned out for you - it's one of those dishes that has very few ingredients and is, therefore, pretty easy to put together for a tasty & quick dinner. Btw, you must have an uncanny sixth sense, because 'Ar' is the actual nickname that my sister and close friends call me by :)