Fried oyster omelette (called Oh Chien in Hokkien) is one of my favourite dishes at the hawkers in Malaysia. In Malaysia alone, there are a few types of fried oyster omelette. In Kuching and Pulau Pangkor, the omelette is crispy much like crackers whilst in Pontian, Melaka and Penang, it is slightly soft and sticky (owing to the use of potato starch).
Before you start going “ooh-aah, Pablo can cook!”, let me tell you that this is what I ate in Pontian a couple of months ago and “No”, I did not cook this. I might try cooking it one day if I can get my hands on fresh small-sized oysters. The other ingredients in this dish are pretty much standard and easy to find. I have eaten fried oyster omelette which has medium or slightly larger sized omelette but found them a tad too overpowering in the taste of the oyster. Besides, I think using larger sized oysters are a waste. Better have them fresh with a squeeze of lemon instead.
If at all you can find the ingredients, why not try this Fried Oyster Omelette recipe by Amy Beh?
- 30 fresh oysters (small ones)
- 110g sweet potato flour
- 250ml water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp chopped spring onions
- 1 tbsp chopped chives
- 4 tbsp oil
Ground ingredients (well combined)
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots
- 1 tbsp chilli paste
- 1/2 tbsp coriander powder (‘ketumbar’ powder)
- A dash of pepper
Soak oysters in water.
Mix sweet potato flour, salt and water into a thin runny batter and leave aside.
Heat oil in a non-stick wok or pan. Scoop out two ladles of batter onto the wok. Give a quick stir and crack in the eggs one at a time. Stir quickly, then push cooked batter to the side of the wok.
Add 2 tbsp oil to the wok; add ground ingredients and saute well. Add in oysters. Cook for a minute and combine the egg and sweet potato flour batter together with the oysters.
Add pepper and sprinkle with chopped spring onions and chives. Give it a stir then dish out and serve with chilli garlic sauce. [source]
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