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Egg Fu Yung with Asparagus
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Egg Fu Yung calls for meat, but this light, springtime version uses duck eggs instead and fresh spring asparagus.
  • CourseMain Dish
  • CuisineLocal ingredients, Vegetarian
  • 1 1/4 cup mushroom or chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp dry sherry
  • 2-3 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch disolved in 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 beaten duck eggs
  • 1 Tbsp peanut oil (or other high-temperature cooking oil)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, leaves plucked from stems
  1. Prepare a sauce by simmering stock on medium in a small, heavy pan. Add sherry, soy, and pepper. Then turn the heat to low, stir the cornstarch mixture with the sesame oil and add it to the stock. Stir until it has thickened the sauce and made it smooth. Cover, turn off heat, and keep warm.
  2. Combine vegetables; add beaten duck eggs at end. Mix well.
  3. If you have a wok, use it to cook the egg fu yung; if you don’t, use a large skillet, preferably a cast iron one. Heat pan on high until it is very hot. Using a ladle, pour about 1/4 of egg mixture into pan; shake pan slightly back and forth until an omelet forms.
  4. When one omelet has formed, add a second 1/4 of the mixture to the pan, next to the omelet. Let both fry until brown on the bottom; then turn each over and let the other side brown. Use two spatulas to remove each omelet, squeezing it a bit to remove some of the oil. Put finished omelets on hot platter and keep covered.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other two quarters of the egg mixture.
  6. Reheat the covered sauce and pour it over the omelets. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro.
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