Mama’s Tomato Fried Eggs

Name: May Chen
Class Year: 2021
Country of Residence: China

Why is this recipe great? What’s its backstory? 

This the very first dish that all Chinese people learn from their moms.

Mama’s Tomato Fried Eggs

Serves 1-2. Takes approx. 10 minutes.


  • Eggs 3
  • Tomatoes 3       
  • Green Onions (cut into small pieces)
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar 1 to 2 teaspoons
  • Water – a cup or 200 ml
  • Ketchup (optional)


Break the eggs in a bowl and mix them. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces.

Pour oils in a pan at high to medium high heat and fry the eggs until bubbles come up then put them aside in a plate.

Use the remaining oil (add a little if necessary) to fry the tomatoes until they are soft.

If smokes come up, lower the heat to medium but ideally keep the heat high until the tomatoes are soft.  Add a little water – enough to cover the tomatoes – and stew the tomatoes, also adding salt and 1 spoon ketchup (if using).  Later add the sugar for flavor. After a few minutes, add the eggs to the tomato mixture and scramble (for about 30 seconds?) until eggs are cooked.

Finally, add some green onions for flavor and serve in a dish.  Done!

Mama's Tomato and Fried Eggs


 Traditional recipe 

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