Recreate this bold Singaporean street food sandwich filled with a veggie omelet, cucumber, curry, and hot sauce.
By Pallavi Gupta
I chose to recreate this street food from Singapore for two reasons. First that it has an Indian connection and second its something new for a lot of you out there. I mean I didn’t know about it before I started looking for a Singaporean recipe to make.
This recipe is similar to a recipe that is common in every household in India – its our own version of french toast. Yes, french toast in India is made savory and I mean with spices, green chili, cilantro and onions. Here is a funny story – when I moved to the States for the first time – I pretty much knew what was what in food except for bagels and that french toast were not savory. So in my school cafeteria once I picked up a bagel thinking it was a donut and once I picked up a french toast and poured loads of ketchup on it without tasting. And let me tell you, if you haven’t tried…cinnamon and ketchup DO NOT pair well.
But this recipe is closer to the Indian version of french toast. You use a baguette instead of a bread and flavor the egg mixture with curry power. This dish is mostly made with some kind of a meat but of course my version is vegetarian. I used finely diced up veggies like onions, bell peppers and mushrooms…but feel free to throw in your favorite veggie in the medley. It is a lot like a sandwich so its great to pack for picnics or to take to a barbecue party and not to mention it makes for a great lunch or breakfast.
- 4 eggs
- 2 medium size baguettes
- 4 to 5 button mushrooms, diced into small chunks
- 1 onion, diced into small chunks
- 1 onion thinly sliced
- ¼ of bell pepper, diced into small chunks
- ¼ bell pepper thinly sliced
- 3 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped + few extra fresh sprig
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- a few squirts of sriracha or any other hot sauce
- 1 cucumber , thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- In a skillet heat a tbsp of oil. Add the chopped up onions, belle pepper and mushrooms. Stir with a sprinkle of salt and sauté till the veggies become soft.
- Turn the heat to low and add the curry powder. Cook on low till the mixture becomes fragrant – for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Mix in the chopped cilantro.
- Slit open the baguettes from the center while still keeping them attached from the back and keep aside.
- Once the veggie mixture is cooled..add eggs in it and mix to combine well.
- In a non stick pan heat 2 tsp of oil on medium low. Pour the egg mixture in a linear direction. Once the mixtures starts cooking on the edges place the baguette facing don on the mixture.
- Press the baguette lightly on the mixture so that the bread soaks up all the egg. Cook for a minutes and then flip the baguette and cook for a few seconds. If you feel that the egg is not cooked through – just flip the baguette back and cook till its done.
- Remove from the an and place on a cutting board.
- Mix the mayo and sriracha and smear it generously on the baguette.
- Place slice cucumbers one side of the baguette followed by slices of bell pepper, onions and a few sprigs of cilantro. You can squirt some more sriracha if you wish. Close the sandwich and slice into 4 pieces. Serve immediately.
Pallavi is a vegetarian globetrotter, who currently lives in the southern part of India. Past ten years of her life includes living in six cities in three different countries. It has added to her vast exposure of cuisines from different parts of the world which is now reflected in her cooking. She shares her knowledge of vegetarian and vegan recipe from around the world via her blog Veggie Zest. When not cooking or photographing, she does graphic design.