Chips Mayai, or hashbrown omelet was a new discovery when I last visited Tanzania. I'm not sure how authentic this is, but I loved it! I love all things potato, and especially hashbrowns! I was so lucky to get my fill of many varieties of potatoes on my visit (and avocado). The first time I had this dish, I was at a friend's house. The second time, it was at a university in Tanzania. I also saw this dish advertised at local restaurants, but never at a Western Style resort or restaurant. I also saw it advertised as an "egg crack". I shred my potato into hash browns, when I had it in TZ, they didn't have a shredder, so they cut it like thin french fries or "chips". Oh, and "mayai" means "eggs" in Swahili, so there you go. Below, is the chips I had at the university. I had this for lunch and they garnished it with ketchup and a little coleslaw.
Serves 1-2 people
1 russet potato, shredded
2 eggs, beaten with a little milk or water
oil or oil spray
salt and pepper
pili pili or hotsauce
Heat a little oil in a small omelet pan over medium high heat. Once hot, place the shredded potato in the pan until it evenly covers the pan. Fry on one side, don't stir! Sprinkle with salt and pepper. After you make a little peak to the down side and it's brown, flip the potatoes over like a pancake to fry on the other side. After about 5 minutes, pour the egg mixture over the hash browns. Turn the heat to medium low. Let cook about 2 minutes on one side, then flip over again to cook the other side for about a minute, depending on how "done" you like your eggs. Transfer to a plate. Serve with pili pili sauce (East African hot sauce) or any hot sauce and ketchup. A good compliment to this hearty dish would be some orange and avocado slices. Orange and avocado slices were served with nearly every dish I had in the Meru Village in Tanzania. You could also add anything to this dish as you would an omelet. Make it healthy with some sauteed spinach and tomatoes, or make it naughty by adding some cheese and bacon. Whatever you want...it's your Chips Mayai!