California Omelet

Preparation info
  • Serves

    3 or 4

    • Difficulty


Appears in
I Hear America Cooking

By Betty Fussell

Published 1986

  • About

“This is really one of our best original egg dishes,” Helen Brown wrote in 1952, “one that is bound to become a world classic.” Since nothing in the food world is “original” in a historical sense, the California omelet derives from the American-Chinese egg fu yung, which derives in turn from the classic peasant omelet east and west. Centuries ago, Chinese peasants, like European ones, discovered that eggs could bind. Since China had an abundance of bean sprouts, these could be mixed with ch