This dish is a great way to use up any leftover meat that you might have hanging around in your fridge – chicken, shrimp, pork, beef – all of it works. It is also a great way to beat egg exhaustion. If you are the type of person who gets tired of eating eggs all the time. I am not that type of person. I gleefully devour them every morning for breakfast, unless of course we are out, which is a tragic and thankfully rare occurrence. But egg foo yung is a tasty and novel way to incorporate eggs into any meal of the day. The leftover meat gives these cakes an extra protein boost that is very satisfying, and the bulk of the cabbage and onion keeps me feeling very full.
Egg foo yung is traditionally made with bean sprouts, but I ditched them in favor of the more paleo-friendly sautéed cabbage. The Chinese take-out version (which I admit I used to enjoy) includes lots of MSG and glutenous gravy, and is more than likely fried in hydrogenated vegetable oils. I ditched the gravy altogether (these little patties are moist and flavorful enough by themselves), and since we do not keep any neurotoxins in the kitchen, I added in some real spices in place of the MSG. And as for the frying? We do not keep any hydrogenated anything in our house either; I used lard. So here is my recipe for paleo-fied egg foo yung – so much better than the Chinese take-out place.
½ cup chopped cabbage
¼ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup chopped cooked protein (I used chicken)
2 teaspoons coconut flour
½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Heat a skillet and add some cooking oil. Saute the cabbage and onion until softened. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl and then add in the veggies, protein, coconut flour, and spices. Scoop up the batter by heaping tablespoons and fry like pancakes in your pan, recoated with another generous layer of cooking oil.
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