My MIL gave me a job today. It was to cook dinner based on her specifications since she is Vegetarian today and she doesn’t want to handle meat.
Firstly, you might be wondering how she could be Vegetarian today and not tomorrow, so let me explain. My MIL practices Taoism so every 1st and 15th day of the Chinese lunar month, she isn’t allowed to eat meat. That includes root vegetables like garlic and onions – although why this is so I am not sure.
The theory regarding the reasons why Taoist and Buddhist Vegetarians can’t eat root vegetables that I heard is that meat contains certain toxins that are neutralised by garlic and onions. So if you don’t eat meat, you don’t have any toxins to neutralise therefore you shouldn’t eat garlic or onions. There was another reason to do with them being grown underground but the intricacy of the explanation fails my memory at this present point in time.
You might also be wondering why the whole family can’t go Vegetarian for one day. Well, that’s because my FIL and my hubby are both meat eaters. The concept of a meal without some form of meat (mince meat and seafood being classified as non-meat) is simply too foreign for them to grasp. Therefore a meal without meat is not a meal at all. Yes, these are the bizarre idiosyncrasies that one only learns about after moving in with a new family.
Okay, back to cooking dinner. I was supposed to stir fry some vegetables with garlic and an omelette with onions, prawns and tomatoes. Pretty simple stuff where you couldn’t possibly go wrong – or so one would think. The veggies went as expected. The omelette was, well, not quite an omelette. It was sort of a cross between an omelette and scrambled eggs.
Of my MIL’s many domestic talents, her ability to fry an egg in a wok is one of the many feats that have left me stumped. Before you scoff at me, let me tell you that it is a completely different thing to fry an egg in a wok compared to a frying pan. Even with all my undomestic talents, I can still fry an omelette in a frying pan. It’s the wok that destroys everything.
So here is my MIL’s secret to frying a successful omelette in a wok:
1. Add a little oil. Stir fry all the ingredients you plan to put into your omelette.
2. Remove from heat.
3. Put your eggs into a bowl and whip it until it’s blended.
4. Add a little salt and pepper for taste.
5. Add in your stir-fried ingredients.
6. Reheat your wok with a little more oil.
7. Pour in your egg mixture.
8. Remove from heat when cooked through.
And that’s it. It sounds so simple but I guess I won’t know until I really give it a go the next time…