Chinese chives and eggs on a brown plate and beige napkin with a wooden spoon and glass full of shochu on the rocks.

Niratama (Chinese Chives & Eggs)

With loads of fragrant garlic chives scrambled together with savory egg, Niratama has become a staple of Japanese home cooking. In this recipe, I share my secret to ensure you get rich flavorful curds of egg that don't end up soggy from the chives.
Course Sides
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword bento box, easy, okazu
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Egg
Diet Dairy-Free, Low-Carb, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 228 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dashi (or water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 100 grams garlic chives (1 small bunch, chopped)
Metric - US Imperial


  1. Add the potato starch, sugar, salt, dashi, and soy sauce to a bowl and whisk until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
    Mixing a slurry of potato starch and Dashi for Niratama.
  2. Break the eggs into the potato starch mixture and beat the eggs until they're mostly uniform in color.
    Beating eggs in a glass bowl with chopsticks.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the vegetable oil and garlic chives.
    Sauteeing Nira (garlic chives) in a frying pan.
  4. Sautee the chives until they're vibrant green and not sweating liquid anymore.
    Sauteed Chinese Chives in a frying pan for making Niratama.
  5. Add the egg mixture and let it cook for a few seconds until the bottom layer of egg starts to go opaque.
    Egg added to the sautéed Nira.
  6. Gently scramble the eggs, pulling up the cooked layer from the bottom of the pan and allowing the uncooked egg to run underneath.
    Scrambled egg with Chinese Chives, or Niratama.
Nutrition Facts
Niratama (Chinese Chives & Eggs)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 421mg140%
Sodium 561mg23%
Potassium 324mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2790IU56%
Vitamin C 29mg35%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.