Hetty McKinnon’s Tomato and Egg “Shakshuka”

published Sep 24, 2021
Hetty McKinnon's Tomato and Egg "Shakshuka" Recipe

For this dish from Hetty McKinnon's To Asia, With Love, she reworked Chinese egg and tomato into shakshuka form for an umami rich twist on the classic Chinese dish.

Serves4

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This is a classic hybrid dish, a clashing of cultures with spectacular results. Two loves combined — Chinese tomato and egg, a dish I tolerated growing up but now adore as an adult, reworked as a shakshuka. The recipe is an unassuming showstopper, offering all the distinctive sweet umami flavor of the classic Chinese dish, but with a very different sensibility. Serve with bread (or dare I say, rice?) to mop up the tomatoey juices.

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Hetty McKinnon's Tomato and Egg "Shakshuka" Recipe

For this dish from Hetty McKinnon's To Asia, With Love, she reworked Chinese egg and tomato into shakshuka form for an umami rich twist on the classic Chinese dish.

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • Ice cubes

  • 4

    beefsteak tomatoes (about 22 ounces/615 g)

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1

    onion, sliced into thin wedges

  • 1/4 cup

    (30 g) brown sugar

  • 4

    large eggs

  • Handful of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

  • 2

    scallions, finely sliced

  • Sea salt

  • White pepper

  • Everything Oil, to serve

  • Bread, to serve (optional)

Everything Oil:

  • 2 tablespoons

    red chile flakes

  • 2 tablespoons

    Sichuan peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons

    gochugaru (Korean red chile flakes)

  • 1 tablespoon

    sea salt

  • 1 cup

    vegetable oil or other neutral oil

  • 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped

  • 4 cloves

    garlic, finely chopped

  • 2

    star anise

  • 1

    cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. Set up a large bowl with ice and cold water—this is your ice bath for peeling the tomatoes. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Score a small “x” at the bottom of each tomato and add them to the boiling water until the skins wrinkle and split—this should take 1–1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the water and drop them straight into your ice bath. Once the tomatoes are cool, lift them out of the water and peel away their skin. Chop the tomato flesh.

  2. In a frying pan over medium–high heat, add a drizzle of olive oil, along with the ginger and onion; stir well and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, then reduce the heat to medium–low and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and a splash of water, and squash the tomato a little to break it up. Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.

  3. Make four little indents in the tomato mixture and gently crack one egg into each hole. Season with sea salt and white pepper. Replace the lid and cook over low heat for 5–6 minutes, until the whites are just set. Scatter with the cilantro and scallions and serve with everything oil and bread, if using.

For the Everything Oil

  1. In a heatproof bowl, add the chile flakes, Sichuan peppercorns, gochugaru and sea salt.

  2. Place the oil, ginger, garlic, star anise and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium–high heat for 3–4 minutes—the oil is ready when it looks thin, like water. Remove from the heat and very carefully pour the hot oil into the bowl with the spices—the oil will sizzle and spit, so stand back. Allow to cool.

  3. Stir before serving. I don’t strain it as the chile and spices continue to flavor the oil over time. Everything oil can be drizzled over noodles, dumplings, soups and salads. Store in a sterilized jar (no need to refrigerate) for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Substitions:
Beefsteak tomatoes: 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (tomatoes only, omit the juice)
Use gluten-free bread for gluten free

Recipe reprinted by permission from To Asia, With Love, by Hetty McKinnon, published by Prestel.