What to Eat: Egg Foo Yung

People who have been working on slow-carb for a while get tired of eggs. If you’re looking for a different way to make eggs on 4HB, here’s a delicious recipe I modified for you.

I was helping my parents move one day, and it was time for lunch. I wanted to eat food that fell within the guidelines I’m really trying hard to maintain. I poked around the fridge and found some Chinese takeout containers. When I opened one, a light bulb went off in my head. Of *course*!

Egg Foo Yung has (almost) everything you need to follow diets incorporating somewhat-paleo philosophy, like The 4-Hour Body and Atkins. What I ate was a bit more greasy than I wanted, but I knew I could make it better. Here’s how I made it:


Egg Foo Yung

4HB Egg Foo Yung

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 cup bean sprouts (optional – not paleo-friendly)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 oz cooked chicken (sliced or chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten (you can modify this with whites as well)
  • feel free to add any other veggies you want


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute everything but eggs until vegetables are tender.
  2. In a large bowl combine beaten eggs and vegetable mixture.
  3. Cook egg mixture to form a small omelet. Cook until golden brown on each side.

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know your modifications and enhancements in the comments. Buen provecho!


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  1. Do you feel like you are searching for a hundred different ways to make eggs?

    This looks really good. I hadn’t thought of doing eggs Asian style.

    • @Leanne: Hmm…I didn’t feel that way, but now that you mention it, I might start searching! 🙂

      I actually liked this one better than the one I had that inspired it. Mine was less greasy (I did use *some* EVOO), and it had more veg in it. I might add some other savory things next time.


  2. Just tried this for dinner. Delicious! I think pretty much anything with garlic and ginger will turn out tasty.

    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. How many calories in this dish?

    • Not sure, but it doesn’t matter that much in a solid slow-carb diet. I’d imagine around 400 between the eggs, chicken, and oil.

      • Pardon my ignorance, but why doesn’t calorie count matter in the slow carb diet?

        • The very broad reason is that the *quality* of calories tends to be more important than the *quantity*. Sure, you can completely overdo it and gain weight, but that’s actually quite hard to do. Your body processes the “slow-carb” foods differently than the other types of carbohydrate like sugars and grains. Most of it has to do with insulin levels and how it plays into fat loss.

          But really…if you’re following an appropriate slow-carb diet (ie, no cheating when you shouldn’t) it’ll frankly be very hard for you to eat above even a USDA-recommended calorie level. Without weighing and measuring and eating until I’m satisfied and snacking if I need to, I still only eat around 1900 calories in a day.

          It’s handy because it takes your mind off of what you can’t have and lets you focus on what you should eat.


  4. Mj Villanueva says

    This looks delicious, how many calories it has? Can you suggest any substitute to chicken because I am a vegetarian.

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