In Singapore and Taiwan, oyster omelettes, also known as "orh luak" in Hokkien, are a well-liked street snack. They are made with eggs, sliced onions, and tiny oysters, which are then stir-fried and put on a bed of crunchy lettuce. A sweet and sour sauce composed of chili, tomato, and soy sauce is then added as a garnish to the dish.
Oyster omelettes have a long history in Southeast Asian cuisine that goes back to the Chinese state of Fujian. Originally a cheap and convenient lunch option for working class people, they have since gained appeal and are now available in numerous street food markets and restaurants all throughout the region.
With a few simple ingredients you can make your own oyster omelettes. Here is a list of what you will need:
- 1 cup tiny oysters
- 2 eggs
- 1 chopped tiny onion
- 1 tbsp. oil
- 1 cup. chopped lettuce
To make the sauce:
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon chili sauce
The eggs should be whisked together and placed aside in a separate bowl.
Oil is added to a wok or large frying pan that is already hot over medium heat. The onions should be stir-fried for 1-2 minutes until transparent after being added to the hot oil.
When the oysters are fully cooked, add them to the pan and stir-fry them for an additional two to three minutes.
With a spatula, combine the oysters, onions, and beaten eggs by pouring them over the mixture. To properly cook the eggs, heat for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Combine the tomato ketchup, soy sauce, and chili sauce in a small bowl to make the sauce.
To serve, arrange the oyster omelette on top of a bed of chopped lettuce on a dish. Serve the food hot and drizzle the sauce on top.
A tasty and aromatic street dish, oyster omelettes are simple to make at home. This dish will be a hit whether you love oysters or are just looking for a fun new recipe to try. For a full dinner, serve it as a side dish or as a main dish with rice and other stir-fried veggies.
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