This khai jiao is crisp on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.






Skill level

Average: 3.5 (83 votes)


  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 150 g cooked crab meat
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • finely sliced red chilli, roughly chopped coriander and sliced spring onion (scallions), to serve
  • Thai sriracha chilli sauce, to serve (see Note)

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


1. Place eggs, pepper and fish sauce in a bowl and whisk until just combined. Stir through the crab meat.

2. Fill a saucepan to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles (about 325°F or 165°C). Have two spatulas ready as well as a baking tray lined with paper towel.

3. Pour the egg mixture into the oil and use the spatulas to push and squeeze the egg mixture into a tight cylinder (this might take some practice!). Once the omelette is golden transfer it to the baking tray and blot with extra paper towel. Place onto a serving plate and top with the chilli and herbs. Serve with the chilli sauce.



• Thai sriracha chilli sauce is a hot chilli sauce from the province of Sri Racha in Thailand. It’s available in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets and is often (especially in Australia) simply called ‘Hot Chilli Sauce’.