Fried oyster 蚝煎 is probably one of the most expensive dishes you can order at a food court or hawker centre. It’s not that difficult to prepare. In fact, it’s very easy. The main cost comes from the fresh oysters. It’s not much cheaper to make this dish yourself, but you can have more oysters than you can ever ask for from a hawker. One small packet of frozen oysters cost about $5. You can make about 3 portions with that. With fewer oysters, you can of course make even more portions.
Apart from oysters, the only other thing you may not have at home is potato starch. You need about 1 teaspoon of it. Add in about a quarter bowl of water and stir into a milky suspension.
Everybody has eggs at home. 2 eggs here and potato starch get fried together. Make sure there’s enough oil and don’t be afraid to turn up the heat.
Once the egg gets a bit flaky, add in the oysters and spray some pepper and fish sauce into it. Flip it a few times and you’re done.
You can drop some parsley or coriander on top, then mix chilli sauce with some vinegar and sugar and you’re done.
© Chan Joon Yee