Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Garlic Chive with Eggs

Garlic Chive with Eggs

Garlic chives are also known as Chinese chives found in most Asian stores. Do not substitute regular chives for garlic chives. The flavor are very different. Garlic chives has a sweet, garlicky flavor while regular chives have a mild flavor of green onion or scallions. Garlic chives are great cooked with eggs. Such a simple and inexpensive dish to cook and delicious eaten with rice.

4 ounces of garlic chives
6 extra large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

With the garlic chives, trim off about 3/4 inches of the root ends and discard. Cut the remainder of the chives into 2-inch length slices. Chives are very dirty so it is necessary to wash the chives thoroughly in 2 to 3 changes of cold water: I dump the chives in the bowl of a large salad spinner and fill the bowl with cold water. Swish the chives around with my hand. Transfer chives to the colander of the salad spinner to drain and repeat this process one or two more times or until water is clear of sand and grit. Drain chives and spin dry using the salad spinner. Set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, beat the eggs with salt until well beaten. Set aside.

Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet with about 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat (7.0 for induction cook top). When oil is hot, but not smoking, add all the chives to the pan. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until chives are soften, about 3 minutes.

Add all the eggs to the pan and reduce heat to medium heat (5.0 for induction cook top). Let it cook without disturbance until eggs have started to set around the edges. With a wooden spoon or a silicone spatula, push the eggs that have set around the edges towards the center of the pan. Repeat this cooking process until most of the eggs are mostly set, but it's okay if some areas may still be wet (uncook). With a spatula, flip eggs over in small portions to cook the top sides, especially where the eggs are still wet. Keep flipping until all the eggs are completely cooked through, but do not overcook. Total cooking time from the time the egg is added to the pan is about 2 minutes.

Transfer garlic chive and eggs to a serving dish. Delicious eaten with brown or multi-grain rice. I have made a sandwich with these eggs once before and it is delicious eaten as a sandwich.
Yield 2 to 3 servings


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