|August 14, 2014|
Hey-ho fellow foodlings!? I think I am running out of greetings for each post. Today’s menu is… ‘OYSTER’ OMELETTE (蚵仔煎). This savoury nom is a common night market food in Taiwan and also a common food court meal in Singapore. The one above is Taiwanese styled.
In Taiwan, they called it 蚵仔煎 (orh-ah-jen). The sauce used is sweeter and not spicy at all. In Singapore, we called this 蚵煎 (orh-jen). The sauce that we use is spicier and tad salty and we usually have it on the side instead of spreading it on the omelette.
Whenever I ate this, I would pick out all the oysters and eat only the omelette. I would dip lots of chili sauce and slurp it down. I always got reprimanded for being silly because I did not know how to appreciate the gourmet part of this dish which is the oysters. I never quite understood the concept of ‘high’ class food in particular exotic seafood. Oysters are not exactly super exotic but seafood such as abalone and sea cucumber – I just do not understand the people’s overt desire to have it when it is not appealing to me. Maybe I have yet tried really good ones – yes sue me. But I just am not particularly fond of some ‘exotic’ food. Anyways, this is one of the reasons why I had inverted commas for my oysters because I used mushrooms instead. VEGETARIANS, this is a really good substitute.
On my first and only trip to Taiwan in 2012, I managed to tried the taiwanese-styled oyster omelette. I instantly fell in love with the beige creamy sauce they had on top of the omelette. It was also the same sauce they had on a few other night market snacks such as 甜不辣（tempura). It is a fried fish cake snack that tasted SO GOOD with the beige creamy sauce. I got really curious so I went online to search how to make the sauce and thankfully for the internet and people who contributed to the recipes.
This sauce is heavenly. You put
Flour (1tbsp), water (250ml), ketchup (2 tbsp), sweet chili sauce (2tbsp), sugar (1tbsp) and are you ready for the secret ingredient? PEANUT BUTTER (1 tbsp) and sour plum powder (optional).
and let the magic happen.
No wonder it tasted so unique and I kept wondering how? So peanut butter was the trick… it was so good! If you want to know how to make this omelette, check out youtube videos on how to make it. This website was particularly helpful – Taiwanese Duck. The auntie in the video is very adorable. She tries her best to speak in English but once in awhile, she would utter in Chinese because it was just a lot easier that way but it is definitely easy to understand her steps so check her out!