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Oyster Omelette
Oyster omelette
A hawker is making oyster omelette in the Shilin Night Market of Taipei.
CourseBreakfast, lunch, and dinner
Place of originChaoshan, China
Region or stateEast Asia and Southeast Asia
Created byTeochew people

The oyster omelette (Chinese: ; Pe?h-?e-j?: ô-á-chian) is a dish of Teochew origin that is widely known for its savoury taste in its native Chaoshan along with Fujian, Taiwan, and many parts of Southeast Asia such as the Philippines and Thailand due to the influence of the Teochew diaspora. Variations of the dish preside in some southern regions of China.

In Thailand it was adapted to mussel omelettes; most Thai people have the misconception that oyster omelettes and mussel omelettes originated from Thai cuisine rather than Chinese.[] In Bangkok, notable areas for oyster omelettes include Talat Wang Lang near Siriraj Hospital; Wang Lang (Siriraj) Pier in Bangkok Noi where there are two restaurants;[1][2]Yaowarat neighborhood, where there is one Michelin-Bib Gourmand restaurant[3][4] with Charoen Krung neighborhood in Bang Rak, among others.[5][6] In 2017, the World Street Food Congress announced that oyster omelette is one of the three most notable street food among the street foods of Thailand.[7]

The oyster omelette is a Taiwanese "night market favorite",[8] and has constantly been ranked by many foreigners as the top dish from Taiwan. Its generous proportions and affordable price demonstrates the trait of night market cuisines.


The dish consists of an omelette with a filling primarily composed of small oysters. Starch (typically potato starch) is mixed into the egg batter, giving the resulting egg wrap a thicker consistency. Pork lard is often used to fry the omelette. Depending on regional variations, a savoury sauce may then be poured on top of the omelette for added taste.

Spicy or chili sauce mixed with lime juice is often added to provide an intense kick. Shrimp can sometimes be substituted in place of oysters; in this case, it is called shrimp omelettes ().[9]


Modern-style Taiwanese oyster omelette.
Oyster omelette from Chien-Cheng Circle, Datong District of Taipei.
Oyster omelette and chili sauce from Newton Food Centre, Singapore.

In different Chinese languages, the "oyster omelette" is known by various names in different Chinese geographical regions.

Chinese name Pronunciations in different spoken variations Geographical areas that use such a name
In Hokkien: ô-á-chi?n
In Mandarin: éz?i ji?n
Taiwan and southern half of Fujian
In Cantonese: hòuh j?n
In Mandarin: háo ji?n
In Hokkien: o-chian
Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
In Mandarin: m?lì ji?n Most areas of mainland China
In Cantonese: j?n hòuh béng
In Hakka: jien hao biang
In Mandarin: ji?n háo b?ng
Hong Kong, Macau and neighbouring Liangguang
In Cantonese: hòuh jái béng
In Hakka: hao zhai biang
Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta
In Cantonese: hòuh jái j?n
In Hakka: hao zhai chien
Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta
In Teochew: o-lua In Chaoshan region and overseas communities connected to the region, this is the original name of the dish

See also


  1. ^ "() ?!! ? ?!". Khao Sod (in Thai). 2016-07-19.
  2. ^ "? ". Sanook (in Thai). 2012-01-05.
  3. ^ "Nai Mong Hoi Thod". Michelin Guide.
  4. ^ ""?" ?". Manager Daily (in Thai). 2013-02-10.
  5. ^ "" ?" ? ?". Manager Daily (in Thai). 2014-01-26.
  6. ^ "?....". Bloggang (in Thai). 2008-04-06.
  7. ^ "?! 1 3 '' Yummy!". Thai Rath (in Thai). 2017-03-20.
  8. ^ "Oyster omelet the nation's favorite". Taipei Times. staff w/ CNA. 2 June 2007. p. 2. Archived from the original on 24 Sep 2008. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ " ? ". Kapook (in Thai). 2013-11-26.

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