May 26, 2012

Iri Tamago/炒り卵

Iri < Iru (to roast, to toast, etc.)
Tamago = Egg
As the word iri implies, iri tamago is quite different from scrambled eggs.
炒り < 炒る (to roast, to toast, etc.)
= Egg

A common way to make iri tamago is to break and beat eggs, add some sugar and salt, for example, 1 tbsp sugar and 1/3 salt for 3 eggs, pour in a small pot (rather than a frying pan), with no oil in it, and cook over very low heat, constantly stirring with more than one pair of cooking chopsticks.  When the eggs are nearly done, remove from the heat, and continue stirring until done.

The other day, I wanted to add some canned corn to my Chinese harusame salad, but I noticed I had none in the storage space, so I decided to make some iri tamago and add it instead.  I thought I'd make iri tamago in a proper way, but at the last minute, I changed my mind and refrained from adding sugar and salt.  I also added some oil to a pot before pouring eggs.


Sissi said...

I must make iri tamago one day. It looks delicious. Is it the method used to make this rice bowl with ground meat, fried egg and something else (I think the topping is divided into three or four sections with different "ground" ingredients). I don't remember the name...

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: Soboro? そぼろ in Japanese.

okasan said...

That's an interesting technique, I'll have to try it next time.

Hiroyuki said...

okasan: A very common technique in Japanese cuisine. My usual way of making iri tamago is quite different from it, because I use only one pair of chopsticks, a frying pan with some oil in it, and beaten eggs with some soy sauce and instant dashi in them (but no sugar or mirin).

Sissi said...

Thank you, Hiroyuki. Soboro is what I think about. (Sorry for this late reply! There are so many fascinating dishes on your blog I keep on forgetting where I have asked you one of my endless questions... you are very patient and kind to answer me!).

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: Thank you for your compliment (laugh)!

Soboro is another dish that I think is an ultimate egg dish. My criteria for an ultimate egg dish are:
Simple to make, yet very, very tasty!

Sissi said...

I must make soboro one day! I love most egg dishes...