One-Pot Wonders

Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs over Rice)

Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Tomato and eggs over rice is a dish you'll find on many Chinese restaurant menus, but it's so incredibly easy to make that I never order it. The only preparation is chopping the scallions and tomatoes, and you'll most likely have everything else already in your pantry or refrigerator. This is the definition of real Chinese comfort food to me.

Updated on 11/27/17 to reflect how I make this dish after reading The Food Lab with the Food52 Cookbook Club! —Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy

Test Kitchen Notes

I felt sure this dish would fit among my list of comfort foods in a bowl with its mix of creamy eggs, tangy tomatoes, and Asian flavors. It came together in about 15 minutes (minus the rice) and was super easy to make. I would reduce the salt (or sub in a tiny bit of soy instead) next time, but otherwise I liked the flavors. It was surprising that despite the sesame oil and rice wine and vinegar that the dish felt like it could cross many ethnic borders when served with different toppings. I ended up adding cilantro, sesame seeds, and avocado to mine for a tasty lunch. —savorthis

  • Serves 1 hungry person or 2 as part of a meal
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large tomato or 2 plum or Roma tomatoes
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Cooked rice
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Beat the eggs and add the rice wine, sesame oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let sit for at least 15 minutes
  2. Chop the scallions finely and separate the white and green pieces. Chop the tomatoes into 3/4-inch pieces
  3. In a large frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon oil until hot. Add egg mixture and cook, folding the cooked parts up and letting the raw parts run down. Once the eggs are 90% done (there will still be some shiny liquidy parts on top) transfer to another dish (I usually use the same bowl I beat the eggs in).
  4. Clean the pan and heat another teaspoon of oil. Once it is hot, add the white scallion pieces and the rest of the salt. Stir fry for 1 minute and then add the tomatoes, the rest of the scallions, vinegar, and sugar. Cook for another 2 minutes until very fragrant.
  5. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water. Add to the tomato mixture, stirring until the sauce is thickened. Add the eggs back in and cook for 1 more minute, stirring to mix. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Serve over rice.

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