Welcome to SupChina Eats, our new weekly food column that will run every Thursday.

As one of the simplest Chinese recipes, stir-fried tomatoes and eggs (西红柿炒鸡蛋 xīhóngshì chǎo jīdàn, or “eggs scrambled with tomatoes”) is popular in Chinese families and college canteens alike. It’s also a good way for overseas Chinese to cope with homesickness. Growing up eating stir-fried tomatoes and eggs, I learned to make it before any other dish, and now it’s a regular on my cooking list.

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