Thai-Style Omelette (Kai Jeow)

chive omelet 2
Omelettes (served with rice) are a really popular snack in Thailand. I think the method they use to prepare them is absolutely brilliant, and now I may never make omelets any other way! It’s not terribly healthy, because you’re essentially deep-frying the egg, but it’s a good snack every once in awhile.

I found some Chinese chives at an Asian grocery store in Edinburgh, but if you can’t find any, use green onions. The beauty of these is you can add whatever you like: a little diced tomato and onion, some cooked bacon, or just keep it simple with egg alone.

For each omelette you will need:
Peanut oil
A pinch or two of freshly minced garlic
1 egg
1 tbsp (loosely packed) Chinese chives cut into ½” lengths (or the vegetable or herb of your choice)
A pinch of salt

Heat about 2 tbsp of oil in the wok over medium-high heat until the oil is very hot (but not smoking).

Add the garlic to the oil.

Quickly, whisk the egg well, and stir in the chives and salt.

Add the egg mixture to the oil and let fry for about 30 seconds.

The sides will puff up, but the middle will not cook right away.
wok fried omelet

At this point, the omelette needs to be flipped. Carefully flip it, and let cook another 30 seconds to a minute, or until all the egg is cooked through.

Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, and serve over rice with some chili sauce or ketchup.

There should be enough oil left in the pan to make another omelette or two.


2 Responses to “Thai-Style Omelette (Kai Jeow)”

  1. 1 rebel May 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    This is my go-to breakfast (and might explain why I’ve started putting on weight again), but I have kai jeow moo sap (with pork) Mmmmmmm Mmmmm! She usually puts a fair amount of onion and a few wedges of tomato in it. I think my normal lady puts fish sauce or something in it because hers is always tastier than when I get it other places.

    I’m trying to work up the courage, and linquistic ability to ask her to teach me how to cook it before I go home. =)

  2. 2 thailek January 22, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I absolutely adore Kai Jeow!

    I spent a year in Thailand as an exchange student in 2005-2006, and kai jeow was my favorite breakfast, so much so that I asked “kai jeow lady” that I went to all the time to teach me before I left. She arranged it with my host parents, and I would go meet her at her little shop every morning at 5am to make kai jeow for hours on end. I loved every second of it!

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