Tuesday 20 August 2019

Donal Skehan is nuts about eggs: Thai Breakfast Omelette

Thai omelette
Thai omelette

Donal Skehan

Kickstart your day with this fresh taste on an omelette - the chilli is sure to wake you up.

Thai Breakfast Omelette

When I was on my travels in Thailand one of the best breakfasts I had was this omelette, served to me from a lady who had cooked it on her boat kitchen at a floating market. It's quick to make and with just a few simple ingredients you have a fresh and healthy breakfast in a matter of minutes!

Serves 1

You will need

1 tbsp sunflower oil

2 eggs, loosely beaten

A handful of bean sprouts

2 spring onions

A generous scattering of coriander

½ a red chilli, finely sliced

Salted peanuts, crushed

1 tbsp fish sauce

Juice of ½ a lime

1 tsp caster sugar


In a wok, heat the sunflower oil and allow to reach a high temperature. While that is heating up (you need it nice and hot), loosely whisk two large free range eggs in a separate bowl. Once the wok has heated fully, pour the beaten egg into the base and move it around so that it coats the sides and bottom completely. It will cook very quickly. Add in the bean sprouts, spring onions, coriander, chilli and crushed peanuts, keeping a few back to garnish.

When you notice the edges of the egg becoming golden brown, fold back the cooked egg to create a parcel over the other ingredients. Press it down to make sure everything is nice and compact and place on a serving plate.

To make the dressing, combine 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, the juice of half a lime and 1 teaspoon of caster sugar in a jar and shake well to combine. A few flecks of red chilli is nice here too if you fancy a bit of a kick in the morning. Top the omelette parcel with some more bean sprouts, chopped coriander and a final scatter of peanuts.

Fish Sauce

Most supermarkets now have a well-stocked Asian section. Fish sauce is derived from fermented fish, water and salt and is a staple in Asian cooking, but be warned — a little goes a long way. There are some really great brands supplying authentic varieties including Squid and Irish company Thai Gold.

Vietnamese Coffee

I hadn’t come across Vietnamese coffee until a recent stint of filming in Vietnam, but if you’re a fan of iced or flavoured coffees this is well worth a try. The real deal is a total treat and each street vendor has their own perfected recipe, but it’s so simple to recreate at home. Purists will encourage using a Vietnamese filter but you can simply brew up your favourite coffee and pour onto 1-2 teaspoons tsp of sweetened condensed milk in your favourite mug. Give it a stir and enjoy. The mix can also be enjoyed poured over ice.

Try on your  travels:

Soho in London is renowned for eclectic eateries and Cây Tre fits the bill if you’re after delicious, affordable Vietnamese dishes. With a combination of street food snacks, pho and summer authentic rolls it’s hard not to just order one of everything. If you’re new to Vietnamese food, go for the La Vong Grilled Monkfish. The staff will flame cook it at your table and are happy to discuss Vietnamese cooking traditions and ingredients which only adds to the experience. See

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