This savory stir fry / scramble of eggs and garlic chives (also called Chinese chives) is light and full of flavor. It's simply seasoned with sesame oil and salt. Enjoy plain for a quick breakfast or pair with rice and soup for a simple and nourishing lunch. Add a dash of Maggi seasoning (or soy sauce) at the end for an extra flavorful touch!
Why This Recipe Works
This is one of those dishes we make so often that I never thought about doing a recipe post for! Until now.
Like Tuna Rice, the simple dishes are the ones that feel most important. I think it's nice to document the everyday meals, not just the special occasion dishes ^_^
So today, I present Chive and Egg Stir Fry! You can also call this a chive scramble (because it's really just scrambled eggs and chive) or chives omelette, I we usually refer to it as a stir fry.
All you need is eggs and garlic chives (aka Chinese chives). These two items are seasoned with sesame oil and salt. Who knew four simple ingredients could make such a beautiful and nourishing dish?
I like to finish the eggs with a splash of Maggi seasoning or soy sauce right before eating. It gives it a nice boost! And plus we are so used to putting soy sauce on many egg dishes here in Hawaii.
Note from a local: Did you know that when you order the scrambled egg breakfast at McDonald's Hawaii, it comes with soy sauce? Yes, yes ^_^
This recipe is simple and straight forward. It's an effortless and rewarding meal. My only tip is to make sure you don't cook the eggs for too long. You want a soft scramble, with the eggs lightly set. This texture feels so luxurious!
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- Garlic chives (also called Chinese chives) - Chopped into ¼-inch pieces
- Sesame oil
- Maggi seasoning or soy sauce - Optional but recommended
Step by Step Directions
Let's start cooking!
Prepare the eggs.
Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble them with chopsticks.
Add the seasoning.
Add a tablespoon of water, salt and sesame oil to the egg and mix again.
Add the chives.
Add the chopped chives to the egg mixture. Mix again.
Stir fry / scramble quickly.
Lightly oil a small pan. Turn the heat to medium. When the pan is hot, pour the egg mixture into the pan. Quickly and gently stir fry until you get a soft scramble. This should take about 1-2 minutes.
Time to eat.
Slide on to a plate and enjoy!
P.S. Add a dash of Maggi or soy sauce to taste. This step is optional but takes this dish up a whole level. I highly recommend it.
The scramble / stir fry is wonderful served plain and even better with a bowl of rice or jook (congee). I enjoy it plain for a quick and nutritious breakfast. And then for lunch, I'll pair the eggs with rice or jook and a side dish for a complete meal. There's no way to go wrong with this ^_^
Those who know Maggi seasoning love it! It's an important condiment in our household, right up with there with soy sauce. We use it to season jook (congee) and homemade banh mi sandwiches and so much more.
I always finish this dish with a dash of Maggi. Just a little goes a long way. You can also use soy sauce, but there's something about Maggi that goes REALLY well with eggs and chives. Definitely worth seeking out if you don't already have it in your pantry.
FAQs and Tips
It doesn't. Like any scrambled egg or omelet dish, you want to eat this dish right after you make it. Ideally within a few minutes ^_^
Sometimes I add a splash of fish sauce / nuoc nam! Make sure to reduce the salt by a tiny bit if you do this (since fish sauce is salty). Oh man, it is so good.
Lots! First you need bowl of rice or jook (congee). And then consider adding one of these dishes:
- Garlic and Fish Sauce Eggplant
- Shoyu Chicken
- Hot Sesame Oil Tofu
- Pan Fried Tofu (With Garlic Soy Sauce)
- Rafute (Okinawan Shoyu Pork)
Try this Chive Vermicelli Egg Pancake.
Yes! I portioned this recipe for one because I usually prepare it for a quick solo meal. Feel free to double or even triple the recipe.
Chive and Egg Stir Fry Recipe
See below and enjoy ^_^
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and scramble.
- Add a tablespoon of water, salt and sesame oil to the egg and mix again.
- Add the chopped chives and mix again.
- Lightly oil a small pan. Turn the heat to medium. When the pan is hot, add the eggs and quickly stir fry until you get a soft scramble. This should take 1-2 minutes.
- Slide on to a plate and enjoy!
- P.S. Add a dash of Maggi or soy sauce (optional) to taste. The scramble / stir fry is wonderful plain and even better with a bowl of rice or jook (congee).