Indonesian Omelet

Beb Vuyk has delicious, simple egg dishes in her book, such as this Indonesian omelet or telor gambuang. According to Beb this is an Indonesian omelet from Padang (Sumatra). I make all the recipes of Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch Kookboek. Read more about her here.

Less meat

We’re eating less meat because it is better for the planet. That’s why I love to focus more on the Indonesian egg and tofu and tempeh dishes nowadays. I haven’t stopped eating meat, but I reserve it for weekends or birthday celebrations.

This Indonesian omelet is ready in 10 minutes and is enough for 2 to 3 people.

Telor Gambuang (Padang’s egg dish), # 336 from Beb Vuyk’s Large Indonesian Cookbook, page 280.


  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • 2 tablespoons oil or butter


  • 1 tablespoon of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of sambal ulek
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped chives
  • pepper
  • salt
  1. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper and the water.
  2. Stir in the chopped onions, the sambal, and the chives.
  3. Cook an omelet on both sides and roll it up.
  4. Cut into angled strips that are 4 to 5 cm thick.

Indische omelet

This recipe comes down on how to make a very tasty omelet? and nothing more. This telor gambuang consist of basic ingredients, but the sambal makes it truly Indonesian and much tastier than a regular omelet.

I mix the eggs, salt, pepper and the water. Then I stir in the onions, sambal and the chives. I use garlic chives from my vegetable garden. Garlic chives are not very intense, but they clearly have a garlic flavor. It is not at all as strong as real garlic. In terms of taste in this omelet, it mainly works as the flavor of chives. 😉

Now I cook my omelet slightly different than Beb does. She wants me to fry it on both sides, but I cook it on one side and then roll it up in the pan.

The omelet cooks completely, but stays nice and tender inside. I cut it in slices and serve it with white rice and homemade sambal. Delicious and so easy!

Check out all the Indonesian egg recipes I feature on this blog.

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