Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chai Po Tan (菜脯蛋) / Salted Turnips Omelet

Chai Po Tan or 菜脯蛋 is one common home cook eggs dish at my house. My husband and Evy love anything with eggs, either boiled eggs, eggs in soup, scrambled eggs, omelet or stir-fry eggs. This salted turnips omelet is something I had when I was small so naturally I love to buy and cook this for my family. Here's my recipe to share, for newbies who doesn't know how to make this easy dish. :P Good with rice or porridge!


1/4 cup of minced sweet salted turnips (can easily get it at Asian store)
3 eggs

2 tbsp. of chopped scallions (optional)

1/2 tsp. light soy sauce

1/4 tsp. white pepper powder

About 3 Tbsp. of cooking oil


1. In a bowl, break the eggs, add in the salted turnips, scallions, soy sauce and white pepper. Whisk until well blended. Set aside.

2. Heat wok with oil. When smoking hot, pour in the beaten eggs. Stir and flip to cook both sides. Dish out to serve.


Anonymous said...

Yum! I love this. This is one of my emergency meal when I don't know what to cook. :P

Laura Paterson said...

I haven't heard of salted turnips before, but am intrigued to taste them.

By the way your newly weaned daughter is just adorable!

Beachlover said...

good with chok!!I love it.I still have some choy poh from last year,should check it b4 I cook

Anonymous said...

This brings back childhood memories, I remember I ate a lot of these throughout my life back home.

It looks really delicious, Ching...yum yum!

Anonymous said...

I almost posted something similar last night, but I was so tired I went to bed. I think your version looks nicer, heh ... yummy & fuss free dish!

Ling's Passion said...

I often cook this dish for my family too 'coz it is fast to cook and both Hubby and Sydney love eggs.

tigerfish said...

Is there sweet salted turnips somewhere in Asian store? I tried to find it before in California but only saw salty version.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! My chinese friend's wife makes eggs taste amazing & I am always asking how she does it. I think this recipe will let me know. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wah, choi pou tan, is my hub favourite. Best to go with porridge.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

This is one of my favourite dishes. Surprisingly, we never make this at home and it was always a restaurant dish. I have fond memories of eating this with congee.

Unknown said...

simple yet tasty! i love this too! :)

and when i was young, i eat chai po with plain congee hehe

daphne said...

Me too !i love this!!!

Jin Hooi said...

OMG.. i love chai po eggs!! In fact, i love everything with chai po.. ie. chai po fried rice, chai po chicken ... Opps.. i got myself very hungry now ;-)

Lori said...

Wow your blog is chock full of info. I cant wait to read it all.

I have a package of salted turnips still sitting in my pantry, waiting for me to become inspired. I think I found some inspiration.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Haha blur mommy, sometimes it's my emergency dish too! ;)

Thanks Kittie! It's very good with eggs, should give it a try. :)

Yes beachlover, it's indeed good with chok.

Thanks Lin. Buy some and cook it here okay!

Thanks noobcook, can't wait to check out your version too!

Ling, this dish is an easy favorite to most people ya.

I got mine in an Asian store. But some only sell the salted ones. I still prefer the sweet salted one, taste better with eggs and not too salty.

You're welcome Christine. Now you know the secret right? ;)

Yup suesue.

js, it's so easy to make it at home, should your favorite dish at home mah. ;)

Thanks rita. I also eat it with porridge/congee.

Hehe daphne. I was surprised by the comments on this post, guess lots of people love this simple egg dish.

Lao Cha, these days I also incorporate chai po in other dishes as well. I think I have one in my draft too. :)

Thanks Lori. Welcome to my blog and hope you become my frequent visitor/reader. :)

Big Boys Oven said...

This dish brings back lots of memory of my chilhood , I use to have them! lovely and divine!

Unknown said...

yummm... an old favorite dish... yours look sooo good... :)

Retno Prihadana said...

Hi Ching, I´m back from holiday!. I think I´ll start with the easy cooking like this recipe, after 1 month I didn´t have to think what to cook :). Btw, thank´s a lot for the Brilliant weblog award. I really feel honoured.

Little Corner of Mine said...

BBoven, we all seem to have it when we were young huh?

Thanks mikky. :)

Welcome back Retno! Yeah relax first, cooking & baking can come later. ;)

Lia said...

i havent try this, looking good

still i'm curious what is turnips?