Vietnamese Omelette (Trứng Chiên) is a hit with Vietnamese picky kids. Served with fluffy steamed rice, this crispy-edged omelette is not only easy and affordable but also packed with nutrients. It’s the ideal dinner solution when time is tight.
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❤️ Why you’ll love Trứng Chiên
- Easy to make: All you need are a few simple ingredients that are readily available at any grocery stores. Moreover, it takes you less than 20 minutes for all the cooking time.
- Nutritious yet affordable: this dish is both budget-friendly and packed with protein, making it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to eat healthily without breaking the bank.
- A way to clean out your fridge: sometimes, my mom just simply tosses in any leftover veggies and meat into the omelette to create a delicious and satisfying meal for all family members.
🥚 Ingredients for Vietnamese Egg Omelette
In Vietnam, each family has their own version of Trứng chiên but basically there are two essential ingredients that create particular flavors and texture for this dish: eggs and scallions.
- Eggs form the base, adding texture and flavor, while scallions contribute a fresh, mild, onion-like taste and vibrant green color.
- Frequently, Vietnamese moms incorporate ground pork to their recipes. It provides protein and enhances the richness of the dish.
- Sometimes, we also add diced onion, diced tomato, chopped wood ear mushroom, crab meat or even mugwort. This dish is super versatile. Here, I added sliced button mushrooms for more fiber and nutrition.
- Fish sauce, chicken powder, and a hint of sugar are added for seasoning and balanced flavor.
- In a mixing bowl, add eggs, ground pork, sliced button mushrooms, a generous amount of chopped scallions, fish sauce, sugar. Mix everything together until well combined.
- Heat a tablespoon of cooking oil in a non-stick pan (or a saucepan) over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture into the skillet, using a spatula to spread it evenly across the surface of the pan.
- Let the omelette cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.
- Use a spatula to flip the omelette over and cook the other side until it’s golden brown and the egg is fully cooked.
- Serve hot with rice or other side dishes to complete your typical Vietnamese meal.
🌟 Vegetarian Option
For the vegetarian version: simply omit the ground pork and add some mushrooms, chopped onion, and tomato. Substitute fish sauce with soy sauce. Still very yummy.
🌟 Tips & tricks
There are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure that your Trung Chien turns out perfectly every time.
- Using a non-stick skillet will help prevent the eggs from sticking to the bottom of the pan and make it easier to flip the omelette.
- Don’t fry the Vietnamese omelette on a large frying pan, as it can be quite challenging when flipping the omelette.
- Start by cooking the omelette covered over medium-low heat, then remove the lid and increase the heat. This ensures even cooking and a beautiful golden brown color.
- Serve hot with steamed rice (my microwave Jasmine rice is quick & easy). Vietnamese egg omelette is best served hot, so be sure to serve it immediately after cooking.
- You can substitute ground pork with groud beef, ground chicken or any kinds of mince.
Some quick & easy recipes under 30 minutes:
Vietnamese Omelette – Trứng Chiên (With Vegetarian option)
- 1 non-stick pan
- 1 Spatula
- 1 Bowl
- 4 eggs
- 1 handful of chopped scallions
- 4 oz ground pork (120 g)
- 5 button mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- Combine eggs, ground pork, sliced button mushrooms, chopped scallions, fish sauce, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients until well incorporated.
- In a non-stick pan or saucepan, heat a tablespoon of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, pour the egg mixture into the pan, spreading it evenly using a spatula.
- Allow the omelette to cook for approximately 2-3 minutes until the bottom turns golden brown.
- Gently flip the omelette using a spatula and continue cooking until the other side is also golden brown and the egg is fully cooked.
- Serve the omelette hot alongside rice or other side dishes, completing your traditional Vietnamese meal.