When my mother came up with the name of her first cookbook the term "All-American" only seemed fit. After all, she was 1st generation Chinese married to an American, Irish, Norwegian man living in Nebraska where traditional Chinese ingredients were not made readily available. It isn't until now that I truly understand the meaning of the All-American... (read more)

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Stir-Fry Eggs with Tomatoes

Chinese family style meals often include meats, seafood, eggs and vegetables. Stir-Fry Eggs with Tomatoes are a regular home cooked dish. When growing up in China, they were served for dinner once a week. These days, it’s a simple dish when your “scrambling” for dinner with only a few groceries on hand. Serve with steamed or boiled rice.

6 large eggs
6 Roman tomatoes (prefer the roman tomatoes, has less pulps)
2 scallions, including the green top
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick wok or a fry pan)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman brand)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
½ teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, beat the eggs lightly and set aside. Wash and slice the tomatoes lengthwise in half. Cut each half of the tomato crosswise twice into ½ inch chunks. Wash and trim the green onions, finely chop.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the onions for a few seconds. Add the beaten eggs. Cook and stir until the eggs are almost firm for approximately 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir-fry for about one minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and salt. Stir-fry for another minute and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes




Boiled Soy Sauce Eggs

When my mother was a young girl in school, she was always delighted to see the soy sauce egg in her lunch box. They made for a great snack. The Chinese also believe that eggs symbolize a round, smooth year so they are an ideal treat for a birthday or Chinese New Year!

12 large eggs
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt to boil the eggs
2 scallions, including the green top
1 oz. fresh ginger root
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce (kikkoman brand)
1 tablespoon rice or cooking sherry wine
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons red hot chili oil

To Cook:
Place eggs in a medium size pot with 4 cups of water and salt over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium, cover the pot and boil for approximately 10 minutes. Drain the hot water from the pot, rinse the eggs with cold water and peel off the egg shells. Wash and trim the green onions, slice them in half. Use a heavy knife to crush 1 oz. fresh ginger root. Place the peeled hard-boiled eggs back into the empty pot. Add green onions, crushed ginger root, water, soy sauce, wine, sugar and chili oil. Cover pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for approximately 25 minutes while stirring the eggs occasionally. When all the liquid is nearly absorbed, the eggs will become reddish brown in color. Remove pot from heat. Discard the green onions and ginger root. Let the eggs cool for 20 minutes. Cut each egg lengthwise in half and then into quarters. Serve the eggs room temperature or cold. If any sauce remains, just spoon some on top of the cut eggs for additional flavor. Refrigerate the eggs. They taste even better the next day.

Makes 12 soy sauce eggs
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Total about 40 minutes




Egg Drop Soup

I know a cup of good old fashioned chicken soup is the American cure all when under the weather. Growing up in a Chinese household however, we had rice soup, wonton soup, spicy beef noodle soup and other soups that I couldn’t tell you what was in them expect for fish balls and I’ll leave it at that. Yet this one was my favorite feel good soup because it was simple.  It wasn‘t until recently, I realized how easy it is to whip up on a moments notice. As a bonus, it’s extra light and just 1 point in Weight Watchers speak!

2 cans chicken broth (14.5 oz. each) or 4 cups chicken stock
½ cup frozen peas and carrots
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons water
2 eggs
1 scallion, including the green top
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
white pepper (optional)

In a small bowl, dissolve 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 4 tablespoons of water together and set aside.
In another small bowl, lightly beat 2 eggs and set aside.
Wash and trim the green, finely chop.

To cook:
In a medium size pot, bring chicken broth, frozen peas, carrots and salt to a full boil over medium-high heat (approx. 4 to 5 minutes).  Stir the dissolved cornstarch again then slowly add into the boiling chicken broth. Stir until the soup is slightly thickened and clear. Carefully pour the beaten eggs through the twines of a fork into the hot soup.  Stir quickly with the fork. Add green onions and sesame oil for flavor. Turn off the heat. Serve hot.
Add white pepper to taste.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time:  5 minutes
Cooking time:  7 minutes

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