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Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young

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Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young

Every corner of our beautiful planet has a distinct aroma and flavor that brings back vivid memories. For those of us who’ve had the privilege of witnessing a Maine morning, it’s not just the sights and sounds but also the flavors that stay etched in our minds. One such flavor, a beautiful blend of East and West, is the Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young. This dish, with its intricate layers and diverse ingredients, encapsulates the spirit of Maine in each bite.

Maine’s coastlines are not just visually stunning; they are also a bounty of the freshest seafood. And if there’s one thing that this Northeastern state is celebrated for, apart from its picturesque landscapes, it’s the seafood. The Maine shrimp, a key ingredient in this recipe, is a testament to this. These shrimp are smaller and sweeter than their counterparts elsewhere, capturing the essence of the cold, clear waters they’re harvested from.

Now, combine these shrimp with locally-sourced ground pork (or any of the other alternatives), and what you get is a beautiful blend of the land and sea. It’s like a dance of the forests and the oceans on your palate. The pork, with its rich flavor, is reminiscent of the vast farms that dot Maine’s landscapes, where livestock graze freely, absorbing the energy of the fertile land.

Farm-fresh eggs are not just any ingredient in this dish; they are a symbol of Maine’s homestead traditions. There’s something special about an egg that’s been sourced from a local farm, where chickens roam freely. It’s not just fresher; it carries with it the energy and spirit of Maine’s countryside.

The inclusion of scallions from the garden adds a touch of green to the dish, evoking images of the lush gardens that many Maine homes proudly maintain. These gardens are a labor of love, yielding produce that’s not just organic but also loaded with flavors that only pure, unpolluted soil can impart.

The bean sprouts, with their crunch, add another layer of texture, making each bite a delightful surprise. And then there’s the Coastal Gravy – a blend of flavors that immediately transport you to the shores of Maine. The combination of soy, oyster, and fish sauce creates a symphony of flavors, reminiscent of the state’s rich maritime heritage.

As you sizzle and simmer this dish, there’s a story being told. It’s a story of Maine’s diverse landscapes – from its shores to its farms, from its gardens to its bustling local markets. The optional garnish of sesame seeds and additional scallions is like the finishing touch, the flourish that completes a painting.

Savoring the Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young is not just a culinary experience; it’s a journey. A journey that begins with a serene morning on the coast, takes you through the bustling markets, and ends in the warm, cozy kitchens of Maine’s homesteads.

Maine Coastal Egg Foo Young

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  • 5 farm-fresh eggs
  • 100 g of locally-sourced ground pork alternatives: chicken, ham, turkey, beef
  • 100 g of Maine shrimp cleaned and deveined
  • 3 scallions from the garden finely chopped
  • 2 servings of crisp bean sprouts
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

Coastal Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 200 ml of homemade chicken broth or spring water

Optional Garnish

  • Sesame seeds from the homestead pantry
  • Additional garden-fresh sliced scallions


  • Greet the morning by washing the bean sprouts, ensuring any roots are removed, preserving their crispness.
  • Clean the shrimp, evoking the feel of Maine’s shores as you peel and devein them.
  • Boil a pot of water, reminiscent of a bubbling brook. Immerse the bean sprouts, blanching them for a moment. Gently strain and set them aside.
  • Grace the pot again with the shrimp, just until they turn pinkish. Strain and place alongside the sprouts.
  • On a pan, reminiscent of a campfire skillet, allow the ground pork to sizzle until golden, evoking memories of outdoor cookouts.
  • For the Coastal Gravy: Blend together the soy, oyster, and fish sauce with chicken broth or pure spring water. Bring this mixture to a gentle boil. Mix in a cornstarch slurry, thickening this seaside-inspired gravy.
  • Crafting the Omelette: With the enthusiasm of a Maine morning, whisk together eggs, cornstarch, and a smidge of oil. Introduce the fresh scallions, coastal shrimp, and browned pork to this mixture.
  • In a well-seasoned skillet, pour in the egg blend, layering bean sprouts on top. As it sizzles, lower the heat and cloak it with a lid.
  • Once golden at the base, fold the omelette into the shape of a half-moon.
  • After a minute, bravely flip, letting it achieve the desired hue.
  • Plate this coastal creation, drizzling generously with the Coastal Gravy. Sprinkle with scallions and, if the heart desires, sesame seeds. Enjoy this Maine-inspired dish as the sun rises over the horizon.

The soft hue of dawn, the gentle murmur of the waves, and the aroma of the Coastal Egg Foo Young cooking on a skillet – these are the moments that make mornings in Maine so special. As you take a bite, remember to pause, breathe in the crisp morning air, and feel grateful for the beautiful tapestry of flavors and memories that is Maine. Sometimes, it’s these simple moments, these humble dishes, that leave an indelible mark on our souls.

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