One of the first dishes my father taught me how to make was the Thai omelet, called ไข่เจียว, or kai jieow. There are several variations to the simple dish, such as a stuffed Thai omelet. However, here is a basic recipe of the simple but satisfying dish!
- 3 large eggs
- 1 to 2 tsp of fish sauce or light soy sauce
- 1 to 2 drops of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of sliced green onions (optional)
- 3/4 cup of vegetable for frying
- Heat the vegetable oil in a pan until the oil is extremely hot and slightly smoking.
- While the oil is heating, lightly whisk the 3 large eggs until bubbles begin to appear. Add the fish sauce of light soy sauce to the lightly whisked eggs. If desired, add the sliced green onions into the mixture.
- In order to help the omelet rise and fluff up once it hits the oil, whisk in the lemon juice into the egg mixture.
- Continue to whisk the mixture until bubbles cover most of the surface of the egg mixture. I like to whisk the eggs a lot, as I believe it increases the eggs’ fluffiness!
- Immediately after whisking the eggs, slowly pour the mixture into the pan. If you add the mixture all at once, you are guaranteed a flat and dull omelet, as the eggs aren’t able to rise. While pouring the mixture, tilt the pan around so the egg comes in direct contact with the oil.
- Once all the eggs have been poured in the pan, lower the heat to medium and wait for the bottom side to become golden brown and the top side is almost dry.
- This is always the most difficult step for me! Flip the fluffy omelet over with a spatula that is large enough to stably hold it. You are welcome to use a fork or spoon to assist with the flip.
- Once flipped, let the now bottom side to become a beautiful golden brown, and BAM! Plate the fluffiness on to a plate with a nice portion of rice, and you have an easy but extremely satisfying meal!
It took me a lot of trials to finally make my version of the perfect Thai omelet. Give my simple recipe a shot, altering ingredients and process to your personal desires, and let me know how it works out!