Egg Foo Young Easy Recipe

Egg Foo Young Easy Recipe 2021

Egg Foo Young is a Chinese egg omelet dish made with vegetables like carrots, peas, and bell peppers with an easy gravy topping.

We love easy Chinese recipes in our house including Classic Chinese Chow Mein, Chicken Lo Mein, and Easy Mongolian Beef, and this Egg Foo Young is the perfect, easy recipe to round out your favorite Chinese takeout meal made at home.

Egg Foo Young is sort of the classic leftovers meal made into a restaurant favorite. At our local Chinese restaurant, the classic egg version of the dish comes out with a different assortment of ingredients mixed in almost every time we go.

I’ve asked our favorite waiter (who puts up with our circus of a family) why the fillings change and he explained to me that Egg Foo Young is a leftovers recipe and that when they have more or less of certain vegetables they just adjust the filling to what they have.

So if you’re asking yourself what makes this Chinese omelet dish stand out?

The fillings, the slight umami flavor from the soy sauce in the mixture, and the sesame oil the egg mixture are cooked with. You don’t need a lot of ingredients to take a classic omelet from a breakfast dish to this Chinese restaurant favorite.

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What Makes This Egg Foo Young Recipe Authentic?

Most people probably don’t know that egg foo young is deep fried, since many recipes simply use a cast iron skillet or frying pan.

This egg foo young recipe uses the very classic takeout restaurant method of deep frying the patties, which not only creates that authentic taste, it actually makes the egg foo young pancakes a bit lighter and speeds up cooking time.

I know that sounds a little counter-intuitive, but when fried in oil at the right temperature range between 330-350F, the egg foo young omelets or pancakes actually come out perfectly fluffy.

Again, oil temperature is very important to ensure your chicken egg foo young is not too greasy, so be sure you prepare your frying oil carefully!

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Aside from lightness and speed of preparation, Chinese restaurants also use this deep fry method to fry the onions in the mixture, which makes the dish even more fragrant and flavorful.

Once you add the gravy, garnish with fresh scallions and sesame seeds, and eat this over rice, you’ll know why the restaurants do it the way they do!

Do You Need To Deep-Fry?

The answer is not necessarily!

You can also use a non-stick or cast-iron skillet and make the pancakes with a smaller amount of oil, cooked like an omelet.

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Will It Taste The Same?

Well…does baked chicken taste like fried chicken?

“Not quite,” is my simple answer to both questions, but I won’t argue that using a skillet and a couple of tablespoons of oil won’t also taste good. It just won’t taste quite as good as the restaurant method.

We’ve received a lot of requests for this recipe, so definitely give it a try! If it seems like a daunting challenge, we’ve included a video to help you with the cooking process. 

This recipe makes 6 small Chicken Egg Foo Young pancakes (4-6 servings).

EGG FOO YOUNG EASY RECIPE:

YEILDS:PREP TIME:TOTAL TIME:
6 Servings0 Hours 5 Minutes0 Hours 15 Minutes

INGREDIENTS

41.33 large eggs
2.58 yellow onion chopped
2.58 cup carrots chunk chopped and steamed
1.29 cup green peas
2.58 cup green bell pepper chopped
1.29 cup bean sprouts cut in half
5.17 tablespoon light soy sauce
15.5 tablespoons sesame oil divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add the eggs, onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, bean sprouts, and soy sauce together in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. In a large skillet heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil at a time for each pancake, you cook on medium heat.
  3. Add about 1/3 cup of mixture per pancake and cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side and 1-2 minutes on the second side.

Is it healthy?

The egg is high in protein and it is also loaded with vegetables, and thus with a little change in the frying technique, it can be considered healthy for people following a low fat, low carb, and high protein diet.

Use less oil to fry the eggs.

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Egg Foo Young V/S Omelette

The main difference between the two is the set of ingredients mixed in the eggs. While Omelette generally uses only onion, tomato, green chilies, and basic spice powders, Egg Fooyung uses garlic, various veggies, meat, five-spice powder, and red chili flakes.

Omelette is cooked in less oil while Egg Foo Yung is fried in oil.

Also, Omelette is just cooked and served as it is or with Toast, but Egg Foo Young is served with a delicious sauce.

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