9 Yummy Chinese Egg Recipes You Need To Try NOW!

Lip-smacking and easy egg recipes to give your regular dishes the Chinese twist!

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If you are on the lookout for yummy Chinese egg recipes, you have come to the right place. Tasty, aromatic, and delicious Chinese food is a crowd pleaser and all-time favorite comfort food. But only a handful of restaurants make authentic Chinese food. Moreover, making these recipes at home will keep you from consuming Ajinomoto (1), (2). Check out 9 lip-smacking Chinese egg recipes that are easy to make, contain less oil and spices, and fill your heart and tummy. Scroll down!

9 Yummy Chinese Egg Recipes

1. Chinese Steamed Egg

Chinese steamed egg
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Prep Time: 3 mins; Cooking Time: 10 mins; Total Time: 13 mins; Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 drops sesame oil
  • Warm water (45o C or 113o F), double the volume of beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped carrots
  • 2-3 roasted shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Pour warm water into the beaten eggs.
  1. Add salt and stir well.
  1. Pour this mix through a sieve in two bowls.
  1. Cover with cling film. Make some pores for the water vapor to escape.
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and then place the bowls in it.
  1. Cook for 7 minutes.
  1. Allow it to cool down for 5 minutes and then remove the cling film.
  1. Cut the steamed eggs into slices.
  1. Drizzle soy sauce and garnish with roasted mushroom, chopped carrots, and chives.
  1. Cover with cling film and steam again for 3 minutes.
  1. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Remove the cling film.
  1. Enjoy yummy, authentic Chinese eggs!

2. Chinese Tomato Egg

Chinese tomato egg
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Prep Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: 5 mins; Total Time: 15 mins; Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander, bok choy (only the top of the leaves), or scallion for garnish
  • A pinch of pepper

How To Prepare

  1. Beat the eggs in a bowl with salt and pepper. Make sure that the eggs become frothy and white.
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the eggs. Cook for 30 seconds. Take the pan off the heat and scramble the eggs.
  1. Transfer the scrambled eggs to a plate.
  1. To the same pan, add the chopped tomato and cook until it gets mushy and juicy.
  1. Add in the eggs and coriander or chives.
  1. Combine everything well.
  1. Serve hot!

3. Chinese Egg Custard

Chinese egg custard
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Prep Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: 25 mins; Total Time: 35 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 80 g or 2.8 oz caster sugar

How To Prepare

  1. Add water and sugar to a pan and heat it to melt the sugar. Stir intermittently.
  1. Let it cool.
  1. Beat the eggs for about a minute.
  1. Add milk and the sugar syrup to the beaten eggs. Stir well.
  1. Filter the egg mix twice to remove impurities.
  1. Transfer the mix to a ceramic bowl.
  1. Bake it at 200o C (or 390o F) for 15 minutes.
  1. Bake for another 10 minutes at 180o C (or 356o F).
  1. Leave the door of the oven ajar for 5 minutes and then take the bowl out.
  1. Have when cooled completely.

4. Chinese Egg Noodles Recipes

Chinese egg noodles
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Prep Time: 15 mins; Cooking Time: 10 mins; Total Time: 25 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chinese egg noodles
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons green part of the scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

How To Prepare

  1. Cook the egg noodles as per directions on the packaging.
  1. Heat a pan and add canola oil.
  1. Add the minced garlic and green onion. Cook for 10 seconds.
  1. Add low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, dark sesame oil, scallions, ketchup, and Chinese chili paste.
  1. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  1. Add the noodles and toss well.
  1. Crack open the eggs, toss and cook for 2 minutes.
  1. Serve hot.

5. Chinese Egg Foo Young

Chinese egg foo young
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Prep Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: 15 mins; Total Time: 25 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • ¼ cup diced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Crack open the eggs in a bowl.
  1. Add in all the ingredients and beat well.
  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add a small amount of the beaten egg. Cook until the egg sets and then flip it.
  1. Cook for a minute and transfer it to a plate.
  1. Make four of these and serve with steaming white rice.

6. Chinese Tea Eggs

Chinese tea eggs
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Prep Time: 20 mins; Cooking Time: 3 hours; Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons black tea leaves
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise pods

How To Prepare

  1. Mix water and salt in a saucepan. Add the eggs and bring it to a boil.
  1. Once the water starts boiling, simmer it for 20 minutes.
  1. Drain the water and let the eggs cool.
  1. Tap on the eggs with the back of a spoon to crack them. Do not remove the shells.
  1. In another saucepan, add three cups of water, dark soy sauce, soy sauce, tea leaves, star anise, cinnamon, salt, and orange zest.
  1. Bring it to a boil and simmer for an hour.
  1. Remove from the heat.
  1. Add the eggs (with the shell) and steep for 2 hours.
  1. Remove the shells and consume the delicious marinated egg treats.
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Chinese tea eggs are a popular snack in China and are also referred to as marble eggs due to the marble-like patterns and darkened lines that appear on their surface.

7. Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Chinese egg drop soup
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Prep Time: 5 mins; Cooking Time: 10 mins; Total Time: 15 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 green onions, chopped (white and green parts separated)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ inch ginger, sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper powder
  • Coriander leaves for garnish

How To Prepare

  1. Add the chicken broth to a pot. Add ginger slices and the white part of the green onion. Bring it to a boil. Let it simmer.
  1. Stir two tablespoons of water, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper in a bowl.
  1. Add it to the chicken broth in the pot. Whisk well.
  1. Crack the eggs open in a bowl.
  1. Pour the eggs through a fork and then stir the soup pot once.
  1. Let the eggs set for a few seconds and then use the whisk to break the eggs.
  1. Add in the green part of the green onion.
  1. Remove from the flame.
  1. Drizzle a little bit of sesame oil.
  1. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

8. Chinese Egg Fried Rice

Chinese egg fried rice
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Prep Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: 15 mins; Total Time: 25 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup carrots, finely chopped
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup capsicum, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese red chili paste
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • Salt to taste

How To Prepare

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  1. Add garlic and ginger and fry for 10 seconds.
  1. Add in the chopped onion and fry for 10 seconds.
  1. Add carrots, capsicum, and shredded cabbage. Stir-fry for a minute.
  1. Move the vegetables to the side and pour the eggs in the pan.
  1. Stir the eggs and make scrambled eggs.
  1. Mix the veggies with the eggs.
  1. Add the Chinese red chili paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and salt.
  1. Add the cooked rice and a little bit of salt. Mix well.
  1. Cook for a minute on high heat.
  1. Serve hot and crispy.

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Use rice left over from the previous day to make chinese egg fried rice with the perfect texture. You can also add a few spoons of hoisin sauce or oyster sauce to add an umami flavor.

9. Chicken Egg Foo Young

Prep Time: 15 mins; Cooking Time: 20 mins; Total Time: 35 mins; Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken, finely chopped
  • ½ cup of bean sprouts
  • ¼ cup of green bell peppers, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup of mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For The Sauce (optional)

  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

How To Prepare

  1. Mix the eggs, chicken, sprouts, bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat.
  3. Pour in a quarter of the egg mixture over the hot oil to form a pancake.
  4. Cook it for about 4 minutes on each side until it turns golden brown.
  5. Make the remaining pancakes.
  6. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan.
  7. Heat it over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens.
  8. Serve the pancakes with the sauce.

Infographic: 2 Easy Chinese Egg Recipes You Should Try

Who isn’t a fan of mouth-watering Chinese food? While all the dishes are equally delicious, egg recipes hold the top position for being a healthier option. So, whether you are on a strict protein diet or simply want to relish some egg dishes, check out the infographic below for 2 easy Chinese egg recipes that will fill your heart and tummy.

2 easy chinese egg recipes you should try (infographic)

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Eggs are high in protein and are replete with many essential nutrients. They play a key role in maintaining good health. That said, Chinese egg recipes, in specific, are very tasty. You can try easy yet simple Chinese steamed egg, Chinese tomato egg, Chinese egg custard, Chinese egg noodles, and Chinese egg drop soup recipes at home. Not to mention, these quick recipes are guaranteed to satiate all your food cravings, be it savory, spicy, sweet, or tangy. You can also mix other vegetables and pork or shrimp with eggs to make a yummy, classic dish. In addition to these mouth-watering recipes, you can also add a few more dishes that will perfectly complement them, like dumplings, wontons, or spring rolls. Another tip for the ones who love their proteins, make sure to add some tofu to your recipes and make these dishes more scrumptious and nutritious.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make Chinese eggs fluffy?

The Chinese beat the eggs with salt and milk to make them fluffy.

How do the Chinese eat boiled eggs?

The Chinese often simmer boiled eggs in a tea-based broth and add spices to enjoy them as tea eggs for snacks.

Are eggs a delicacy in China?

Yes. China has a large consumption of eggs, with many different traditional recipes to cook them.

Key Takeaways

  • Chinese egg dishes are flavorful, aromatic, and help create a change in palate from regular egg recipes.
  • Eggs are extremely versatile – they can be steamed, baked, stir-fried, scrambled, added to soups and more.
  • You can add sesame oil, chili paste, ginger, and green onion to give the dishes an authentic Chinese taste.
  • Making these recipes at home ensures you control the quality of ingredients and amount of oil used.
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Who knew eggs can be made in such unique and delicious ways! Watch this easy to follow video to try out some lip-smacking Chinese egg recipes yourself.

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References

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  1. A high dietary intake of sodium glutamate as flavoring (ajinomoto) causes gross changes in retinal morphology and function.” Experimental Eye Research, US National Library of Medicine.
  2. Deciphering the MSG controversy” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, US National Library of Medicine.
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Alexandra Dusenberry is a registered dietitian nutritionist and a certified personal trainer based in San Diego, California. She has 6 years of experience and works with clients around the world to help them reach their health and fitness goals. She believes that food is medicine and proper nutrition is healing and essential for wellbeing and quality of life. Alexandra enjoys...read full bio

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