What is Egg Foo Young?
Egg Foo Young is a simple Chinese omelette that originates from the Cantonese cuisine of the Guangdong region in China, making its way into Chinese Indonesian, British Chinese and American Chinese cuisines. Foo Young consists of fluffy, deep fried egg patties that are combined with all manner of ingredients they have a crisp outer from frying and a soft, fluffy interior. They're quick and easy to prepare and full of flavour.
My favourite combination of flavour is onion, mushroom, spring onion, beansprouts and sometimes water chestnuts. That said, I’ll make foo young with whatever I have at home, including peppers, cabbage and green beans. Mostly I’ll make my foo young with chicken or shrimp, but often with neither - a vegetarian foo young pretty delicious too.
What’s an Authentic Egg Foo Young?
The fluffiness of an authentic Egg Foo Young is achieved by frying the patties in quite a bit of oil. Deep frying egg foo young, achieves the fluffy, and lightly crisp exterior while remaining soft and tender inside. You can’t achieve this buy cooking like a regular omelette. If all that oil doesn't appeal, you can of course cook with less and still have a tasty Chinese omelette.