Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Scrambled Eggs with Meat

This dish is easy to make, and great as a bento filler. It's basically minced meat (beef or pork) scrambled together with eggs. My mum used to make this when I was young, and she would serve it with plain rice or rice porridge.

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Scrambled Eggs with Minced Meat
3 eggs
100 - 150g minced beef or pork
half an onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 Tbsp soya sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
salt and pepper
1. Beat the eggs together with the soya sauce, a little salt and pepper.

2. Heat up a frying pan, and add the sesame oil. Add the onion if you are using it (fry until soft), then the minced meat, stirring so the meat does not clump together. 

3. When the meat is cooked, add the eggs and fry. Stir continuously as if you were scrambling eggs, until the eggs are cooked.

4. Taste, and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary.

Tip: If you plan on packing this into your bento lunch and eating it with plain rice at room temperature, make this dish a little more salty.



Danielle said...

That looks delicious and probably really good between toast for a breakfast sandwich! Speaking of eating things at room temperature and packed lunches, I have 5 classes on Friday and about a one hour lunch break which I plan to pack food for (I've only dined out once since coming here so I'm super proud of myself and want to keep it up); I was wondering if you had any rather simple recipes for dumplings or something that kind of resembles finger food I can eat while I read? Or, better yet, do you have any tips on how to keep a sandwich non-soggy? Tomatoes that have been in a sandwich for too long aren't good! Thank you!

Claudia said...

Hi Danielle,
Thanks for your comment - you are right, this egg and meat dish would be good on toast!

Re keeping a sandwich from getting soggy, buttering your bread helps (the butter makes the bread a little more "waterproof"). Making rolls instead of sandwiches also keep better as bread rolls get less soggy...

When you are filling your sandwich, try to put the "drier" ingredients nearer the bread as well, and the "wetter" ones in the middle" (eg. bread, layer of cheese, then tomatoes, then ham on top, then the bread).

I also like making wraps using large flour tortillas for packed lunches. Just put your sandwich filling inside and roll up the tortilla. (You can put anything you'd put in a sandwich inside - ham, cheese, chicken, avocado, tomatoes, etc.) Then you can slice it up into segments and wrap it with plastic wrap or pack it into a lunch container.

You can even make the wraps the night before, put them in the fridge, and take them out the next day to slowly come to room temperature. It is amazing, but the wraps can last for hours without getting too soggy. Check out this link for a picture of some wraps to see what I mean - Lamb Wraps.

If you are still having problems, you could also pack your bread and filling separately - then when it's time to eat, you can make up the sandwich on the spot! eg. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap, put your sandwich filling on top of the plastic wrap as if it were the piece of bread, then wrap up the plastic wrap. When it's time to make up the sandwich, just unwrap and tip it onto the bread...

Claudia said...

Hi Danielle - for simple recipes for lunch that you can pick up and eat while you read - I like meatballs...

Beef & Tofu Meatballs
Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs

Pair that up with some potato salad, or rice...

Or maybe even some Ham and Egg Rolls

I like making dumplings, but I usually end up with too huge batch... so to be honest, I often just buy the frozen kind... :)

Hope that gives you a few ideas!

Danielle said...

Oh wow! You're so kind with your time and comment! Thank you! I'll definitely think about buying some wraps next time I'm at the supermarket. Recently I've been cooking really simple egg dishes because law school has started getting tough :( Still, I'm constantly surprised how much fun cooking is. Plus, I bought more avacados to make those sandwiches you posted about :)

Claudia said...

Hi Danielle,
Was happy to provide some ideas... If you like pasta, some pasta dishes are very easy to put together and make as well. I found I ate a lot of pasta when cooking for myself during uni days (Especially my fav tuna pasta, which is basically pasta, garlic + a can of tuna)!

Asa Tracey said...

Hi, just discovered your site. Absolutely love it!! Gorgeous artwork. Just one question, is it menat to be eaten cold or heated up? Im planning to try it for my 5 year old girl lunch boxes for school. They do heat up if she ask them.

Thank you for a lovely website!

Kind regards,

Luxury Flat Lady said...

This looks so filling and delicious, thanks for the recipe!