Homemade Egg Foo Young

It’s hard not to love Chinese Food. From authentic dishes, to Americanized corner restaurant versions (Chinese comfort food?), it holds a fond place in many hearts. So I decided to try my hand at homemade Egg Foo Young. 

Homemade Egg Foo Young

Homemade Egg Foo Young

My oldest has special memories of dining out at a local Chinese Restaurant dating back to her early childhood. After an especially hard day at work–when I couldn’t face anything more complex than a menu–we’d all go out (including her grandmother who lived with us) and get the Family Dinner for Four. There would be a steady parade of soup, appetizers and then an array of main dishes—perfect for entertaining a wiggly four year old. If service was slow, there was an interesting menu to discuss, “I was born in the Year of the Monkey—when were you?” “You should have married a Tiger—Dad’s not a Tiger…”  

Egg foo young with tea

Egg foo young with tea

When the restaurant closed, the tradition ended, but not her fond feelings. Lately she’s started asking for Chinese food again. It was hard to argue with the impulse.

The request was especially hard to ignore since I have my own memories of home cooked Chinese; I used to snack on Egg Foo Young when I was in high school. Up late studying? Forget the pizza rolls, get out the Chinese vegetables.  How hard could re-creating this be?

Egg Foo Young on dinner table

Egg Foo Young on dinner table

The dish was modified from All Recipes.com based on my sketchy recollections and was as easy as I remembered.  I did decide to use canned vegetables rather than pulling together the fresh that they recommended which streamlined things a lot. The biggest change from what I did in high school was the frying method. Rather than heating up a pool of corn oil, I fried these using a non-stick cooking spray (Pam). Still good—and much healthier. 

Simple ingredients make tasty Egg Foo Young

Simple ingredients make tasty Egg Foo Young

Frying Egg Foo Young omelet style using non-stick spray

Frying Egg Foo Young omelet style using non-stick spray

Despite the low calorie count everyone walked away stuffed. I warned that “They say Chinese food doesn’t stick with you” but everyone felt happily full until dinner. 

A bite of Egg Foo Young

A bite of Egg Foo Young

Here’s to nostalgia!

Egg Foo Young
Serves 4
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326 calories
23 g
492 g
11 g
32 g
4 g
474 g
1979 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
474g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326
Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 492mg
164%
Sodium 1979mg
82%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
477%
Vitamin C
27%
Calcium
17%
Iron
25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the sauce
  1. 1 1/2 cups fat free broth (beef, chicken or vegetable)
  2. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
For the patties
  1. 8 large eggs
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  4. 28 ounce can Chinese vegetables (or equivalent in fresh)
  5. 8 ounces of tiny shrimp (2 4 ounce cans)
  6. non-stick spray for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine the cornstarch with a little broth and stir to dissolve any lumps. And remaining broth and soy sauce, then heat until slightly thickened.
  2. Beat eggs with water and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the shrimp and vegetables and mix together.
  3. Heat pan on medium high, then spray with non-stick spray. Brown the egg mixture 1/2 cup at a time, stirring a bit to let some of the soft egg run to the pan bottom. Cover and let cook until set and brown, then turn. (I ended up using two pans to speed things up). Repeat until egg mixture is used up.
  4. Serve hot, with sauce.
Notes
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11g
protein
32g
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7 thoughts on “Homemade Egg Foo Young

    1. Inger Post author

      I agree–I always imagine extra fat an things like MSG in sauces when I eat out…

    1. Inger Post author

      It’s hard not to like Chinese food, isn’t it! Gloria I was so glad I gave this a try.

  1. grace

    not only have i never made this, i’ve never eaten it! we are severely lacking in authentic chinese food in my area, so i’ve never really been exposed. i’d like the homemade version, for sure!

    1. Inger Post author

      You know my younger kids haven’t had much Chinese food, even though we are in a big Metropolitan area. This may start to change that! Since I’m a food blogger they complain if they don’t get new things a lot 😉

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