Following the short discussion about scrambled eggs and tomatoes and the taste of tomatoes in china, this update is a scrambled eggs alternative. When it comes to spinach in China, you have nothing to worry about the taste because it is native to this part of the world. The best time to have this dish is the Spring when spinach is in season (April-May). Keep in mind spinach is not always available during the Winter, especially in the north of China.
This is a very simple dish but it has a lot of small variations. Some places like to add garlic and/or ginger, some use salt and Chinese cooking wine, most places use whole spinach leaves while some chop them a bit, but what you get is essentially the same – a non-spicy dish of scrambled eggs and spinach.
A quick side note about tomatoes. Tomatoes are not native to Europe any more than they are native to China. They are native to Mexico and South America. Julius Caesar couldn’t have known the taste of tomatoes because they were introduced to Europe only in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors. Spaghetti Bolognese, one of the most authentic Italian dishes, is actually a combination of two things which are not originally Italian, Chinese noodles (thanks to Marco Polo) and the South American tomato. Just a little something to think about the next time you read an article about intellectual property rights violation in China.