2 salted egg (peeled and chopped)
1 century egg (peeled and chopped)
600 ml water
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp sesame oil
1 tsp light soy sauce
The main star in this recipe is the everyday simpleton. Eggs. The hen’s egg is a common food item found in every home, it is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in a plethora of ways. This protein source is a favorite amongst many from all walks of life. For its versatility, chefs use them to whip up a variety of dishes. Just by switching up on its cooking method, eggs can elevate any dish. When steamed, they bring a homely feel, complementing other dishes without overpowering anything.
Century eggs and salted eggs are popular in Asian cuisines. The former is preserved in a salt solution that usually contains clay. Due to chemical reactions that occur through its pickling process, it turns whites turn brownish while its yolk turns green. In addition to its color-changing process, the texture of the egg changes too! Its whites become jelly-like while its yolk becomes creamy. Though normally eaten raw, in this recipe, steaming is required.
Fun fact: Century eggs were discovered by accident. Centuries ago, a duck egg was discovered in a quicklime pool. He added salt to taste and voila! Century eggs!
Just like century eggs, salted eggs are simply eggs cured in what is called a salt mud. Typically preserved for months, these eggs have also been around for centuries. Salted eggs have suddenly piqued the interest of many worldwide. It has been the latest craze, being used to complement different types of mains. From salted egg fish skin to ice cream, the savory sweetness and umami flavor that it adds to a dish are well-loved by many.
Finally, the cooking method that brings all the components together. Steaming is a simple cooking method whereby the hot steam from boiling water is trapped by a lid. This hot air then cooks the dish, sealing every bit of flavor. Due to direct cooking by hot air, there is no need for oil to be used, making it a healthier method of cooking.
Despite its simple appearance and ingredient list, this Chinese dish will leave you on cloud nine. Take your tastebuds on a wild adventure by adding a fun twist to the normal steamed eggs. Follow our step by step guide below and serve an eggy custard during your next dinner for two.
Frequently Asked Questions about Triple Steamed Eggs
H3 1. How to make the steamed eggs richer in flavor?
To have every mouthful of steamed egg explode with exquisite flavor, substitute the water with chicken stock. Taste the chicken stock before beating it together with the egg. If you think that the stock is not flavorful enough, up the ante by adding a dash of soy sauce or fish sauce.
H3 2. Do I use chicken or duck eggs?
Either will work! Duck eggs are traditionally used but chicken eggs will work well too. Due to the difference in both their diets, the flavor of duck eggs might be a tad bit more intense. Duck eggs are also higher in fat, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Due to this, it is a popular choice amongst those following a paleo diet.
3. Can I use tap water to beat the eggs?
Tap water tends to contain chlorine. Therefore, it is recommended to use boiled water. Ensure that the water is cooled to room temperature before being beaten into the eggs so that it does not cook the eggs before the actual cooking process.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Decadent Bowl of Steamed Eggs
1. Strain the egg mixture before steaming: Before steaming the egg, slowly pour the egg mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a heatproof dish. This prevents bubbles from forming, giving it a glossy surface.
2. Beat the eggs well: whisking the eggs well will result in the egg steaming to have a lovely and airy texture.
3. Garnish the steamed eggs before serving: Top the steamed eggs with fried shallots for more flavor. Chopped spring onions will also give it a crunchy bite. A dash of pepper can also be added to give it an extra kick.
4. Be mindful of cookware: Use an oven-safe ceramic or glass bowl to steam the eggs. This is done so that there is even heat distribution throughout the dish and the eggs will be cooked evenly. This will also ensure that the utensils and cookware do not crack under the high heat when steaming.
5. Add more texture: Since the salted and century eggs have to be chopped, try dicing them into bigger pieces so that you will get mouthfuls of the various eggs. Adding cubes of tofu can also make the dish more filling and add a different dimension to the existing textures.
6. Trap the flavors of the eggs: To trap all delectable flavors of the preserved eggs, cover the dish with aluminum foil or cling film before steaming. This will trap all the heat and flavors, preventing it from escaping. This protective bearer will also protect the eggs from the water droplets produced by the steaming process.
Recipe: How to Make Triple Steamed Eggs
| Whisking the egg will result in a lovely, airy texture for your steamed egg.
| Before steaming the egg, slowly pour egg mixture through a fine mesh strainer again into a heatproof dish. This prevents bubbles from forming, and gives you a glassy surface.
| Use an oven safe ceramic or glass bowl to steam eggs.
| Top with fried shallots for more flavor.
Top with ½ tbsp of light soy sauce and ½ tsp sesame oil. Serve hot.