Ah ma asked me what I was cooking, I said I was cooking omelette. She saw the ingredients and started to make comments :”Aiyah, why your fried eggs have chilli, cannot put flour lah.. just egg is enough!” . I told ah ma, “Ah ma, this is Indonesian famous fried thick omelette, you cannot simply change the recipe lah. If you change, there is no identity of the dish already.”
This is a dish commonly sold in Singapore Nasi Padang stores. Whenever I do not have anything to order, I will order this dish. The name of the dish Telur dadar or literally translated as egg omelette. I always found that this omelette taste very different from the omelette sold in Chinese stores or homemade. I searched the recipe and there are many recipes in the internet.
Most recipes are almost the same with a slight twist by individual bloggers. But what can be concluded are: the omelette have chilli, some herbs be it celery, leek, spring onion or coriander leaves. One uniqueness is having rice flour and shredded coconut in the egg dish. The rice flour possibly make the omelette softer and not as hard as those we usually prepared at home. I am unsure why shredded coconut is added but I found that it does provide a fun texture to bite with some faint coconut aroma.
Unlike other fried eggs, most recipes required the preparation of simple bumbu or rempah or herbs mix. The herbs are very basic which is shallots and garlics . It is sautéed until fragrant before the eggs was added. Some recipes do not require the sautéing process and I have prepared two , one with the sautéing and one without. The verdict is that one with sautéing taste much more aromatic and authentic like those sold in the stores.
This omelette is supposed to be thick of at least 1-2 cm thick. Frankly speaking, it is not as easy as what we thought. Most recipes do not tell you exactly how to fry this thick omelette and I have used my method to prepare and hope that it will help the readers. Because of the thickness, the omelette are much moister and aromatic and goes well as a side dish with white rice.
Well, if readers can recalled, recently, i have share another Padang recipe telor Balado and if you are interested, you can refer to this post: Indonesian Chilli Eggs (Telor Balado or Sambal Telur 辣椒鸡蛋）.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Servings: 4-6 adults
- 5 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons of rice flour
- 3 stalks of Chinese celery or coriander or spring onion
- 5 shallots
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 2 red chilli
- 2 bird eye chilli
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
STEPS OF PREPARATION
- Chopped the celery/coriander/spring onion until small pieces.
- Use a mortar and pestle or a blender to blend the chilli, shallots and garlics until fine. Set aside.
- In a bowl, put the rice flour, shredded coconut and crack the eggs. Use a whisk to whisk it until well combined.
- In a pan, put 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, sauté the rempah or herbs mix using medium heat until fragrant.
- Transfer the sautéed rempah and chopped celery/coriander/spring onion to the beaten eggs. Whisk until well combined.
- In a 6-8” non stick frying pan, put the eggs and cooked the egg under low heat until the eggs does not stick to the side of pan. If the centre is still too watery, you have to wait for it to set. To expedite the process, put a cover on top of the pan. Once you are comfortable that the centre is not too watery, quickly flip over and pan fried the other side until the eggs are set and slightly brownish. If you are not confidence of flipping onto the same pan, you can flip the omelette to another bigger non stick pan and continue the cooking. The whole cooking time should be around 15-20 minutes depending on the heat.
- Cut the eggs using a sharp knife or pizza knife into your preferred size and shape. The egg dish is an excellent item for dishes like nasi lemak. In general, 2 pieces per person is just nice as a side dish.
I am rather familiar with this egg omelette but I am unsure if readers are familiar. May be those who did not order would think that the dish is just a common egg omelette dish but in fact, it is rather difference than our Chinese style of fried eggs. Do give it a try and see if it suits your taste bud.
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