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Egg Foo Young

Recipe video above. This is how the Chinese do omelettes! Egg Foo Young was created as a recipe to use up leftovers, so make this your own using what you have - see Notes for the formula. Otherwise, use EITHER the prawn/shrimp or pork filling. Serves 2 as meal with rice, or 4 as part of a banquet.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Mains
Cuisine: American Chinese
Keyword: egg foo young
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Nagi


Sauce (Note 1 for Charlie option):

  • 4 tsp cornflour / corn starch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce , or all purpose (Note 2)
  • 2 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine (shaoxing wine) OR Mirin (Note 3)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup / 250 ml water
  • Dash of white pepper


  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups bean sprouts (just eyeball it)
  • 4 shallots/green onions , white part only, sliced
  • Salt and white pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove , finely chopped
  • ONE Filling of Choice, below (Prawn or Pork)

Option 1: For Prawn /Shrimp Egg Foo Young

  • 100 - 120g/3.5 - 4 oz chopped raw small prawns/shrimp , peeled and deveined (Note 4)

Option 2: For Pork Egg Foo Young :

  • 100 - 120g/3.5 - 4 oz ground/mince pork (or chicken, turkey, beef or veal)
  • 1/2 tsp EACH soy sauce and Oyster Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • Dash of sesame oil

Garnish (optional):

  • Sesame seeds, sliced green onion



  • Mix cornflour and soy sauce. Then add remaining ingredients.
  • Pour into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer for 1 minute until sauce thickens to thin syrup consistency. Remove from stove, set aside.
  • MICROWAVE option: Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir very well, microwave for another 1 1/2 minutes until thickened. Mix well again.

Pork Filling:

  • Place pork in a bowl, add remaining ingredients. Use fork to mix through.


  • Whisk eggs in a bowl.
  • Add beansprouts, green onions, pork or prawns, salt and pepper. If using pork, crumble the raw pork in with fingers (see video). Mix through.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil and drizzle of sesame oil in a non stick skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of garlic and quickly saute (10 seconds) and push into centre of skillet.
  • Ladle in 1/4 of batter. Use spatular to push edges in to form a round(ish) shape.
  • Cook until the underside is light golden (about 1 1/2 minutes) then flip and cook the other side for 1 minute. The raw meat will cook through in this time. Repeat with remaining egg to make 4 omelettes (use 2 pans if you can!).
  • Slide omelette onto plate. Pour over sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions, if using.
  • Serve with a side of rice and steamed vegetables of choice. Double the sauce if you want enough to pour over the rice and veggies! (Click on Servings to scale recipe up).


THE FORMULA: Sub the ingredients with whatever you please. Use a total of 2 to 2 1/2 cups of "stuff" for 6 eggs - protein and vegetables combined.
* Protein - your choice of chopped (or small) shrimp, fish, or any ground/mince meat. Use raw - will cook in the cook time.
* Raw non ground/mince chicken, beef etc, cook first then dice and mix into the egg mixture.
* Raw vegetables - For things like chopped leafy Chinese greens, cabbage, grated carrot, just add them raw into the egg mixture.
* Cooked vegetables - For vegetables like onion, capsicum/bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, sliced mushrooms, chop, grate or slice then cook in a little oil and perhaps garlic before mixing into the egg mixture.
Onions - The green onion can be substituted with finely chopped red or white onions, or cooked leeks or brown/yellow onions.

1. CHARLIE* option: mix 3/4 cup water, 1 1/2 tbsp Stir Fry Sauce, 1/2 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch. Cook per recipe.
* Charlie is my homemade Chinese All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce that lasts for weeks and weeks. Yes I named it. 😂 
2. Soy Sauce: Light or all purpose soy sauce (eg Kikkoman) is fine here. Don't use soy sauce labelled as Dark or sweet soy sauce, or kecap manis.
3. Chinese cooking wine - Mirin is a near perfect sub. Also sub with dry sherry or cooking sake. If you can't consume alcohol, omit it and use low sodium chicken broth instead of water AND reduce soy sauce to 1 tbsp.
4. Shrimp/prawns: Even precooked will be fine. If using frozen, thaw and pat dry before using.
5. Nutrition per omelette, including all sauce.


Calories: 231kcal