Late night munchies – soy “chicken” omelet

This was a fast experiment at 2am that worked really well… We just threw a bunch of random ingredients we had in our cupboard and fridge together, the result I could swear tastes like chicken shish kebabs but softer, like a chicken version of the burger-omelet cross in the Arab world that is lahm w beidh (literally, minced meat and egg). Surprisingly delicious, especially given the seasoning we used… But I can’t pretend to get all sophisticated and tell you to use something seemingly of better quality because I know it just won’t work the same.  If you can get over your initial reaction to what I’m going to say, make this and you won’t regret it.


It’s 2am, I really can’t be doing better photos right now (sorry)

Ingredients – serves 1-2
3/4 cup unflavoured dry soy mince (we used neal’s yard)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp dark soy sauce (we used Chinese)
3 tbsp crispy onion pieces (we used Top Taste)
1-2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
1 packet chicken flavoured seasoning taken from instant noodles (don’t judge me, it works … We used koka brand which is actually vegetarian)
6 tbsp egg whites (3 egg whites) or 2 whole eggs, beaten

1. Put soy mince, soy sauce, onion, thyme and seasoning in a large bowl.
2. Slowly add a stream of boiling water to the mince mix and stir gently, until it’s all fluffy and the liquid is absorbed – should puff up to be about 2 cups. Add only as much water as you need to rehydrate, stop when you see more than a tablespoon or so of liquid at the bottom of the bowl which doesn’t get soaked up on stirring.
3. Heat oil in a pan, then add mince mix. Pour egg on top then fry on medium high until set, covering the pan to help the top cook with steam, flipping once the top is just set using a spatula, to allow both sides to brown a little.
4. Serve immediately, and marvel at how something so amazing could be made using a packet of instant noodle flavouring.


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