Salted eggs are a popular Asian ingredient. It can be boiled and eaten by itself with plain white rice, or incorporated into other dishes as a flavoring element. Of late, salted eggs have been gaining popularity as a versatile ingredient that can transform otherwise boring or bland food items.
Some of the recent salted egg trends to hit our shores include pastries and croissants with creamy salted egg filling, salted egg coated squid and pumpkin as well as many other culinary inventions. Here are some simple salted egg recipes you can try at home to satisfy your salted egg cravings:
1. Salted Egg Bibingka Muffins
These sweet and savoury muffins are an interesting twist to the traditional Filipino dessert made of rice flour and coconut milk, usually eaten at Christmas time. This recipe calls for a modern take on the recipe with the addition of salted egg yolks and Kesong Puti ( a type of Filipino white cheese made of carabao milk). If you can’t find Kesong Puti, you can always replace it with any other mild white Cottage cheese like Mozarella or Paneer. You’ll find the full recipe here.
- 1 cup rice flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 medium egg, beaten
- 1 cup coconut milk (gata)
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup kesong puti (white cheese), about 100 grams (plus extra for garnish)
- 4 slices ham, diced, plus extra for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin liners.
- Combine rice flour and sugar in a bowl. Combine eggs, coconut milk, evaporated milk, and butter in another bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
- Pour batter into muffin cups until ¾ full. Top each cup with kesong puti and ham.
- Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until centre is set but moist, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean with a few crumbs.
- Remove muffins from pan and let cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Top with extra kesong puti and ham. Serve warm.
2. Creamy Salted Egg Yolk Pasta
Here’s an Asian twist to the classic Italian Carbonara recipe, which can be done fairly easily. The recipe is also pretty versatile and you can use any type of pasta shape you like. This pasta recipe call for the use of ham or pork. You can always replace this with beef bacon, chicken rolls or turkey ham for an equally delicious dish. Just watch the video for the full set of instructions.
3. Tomato, Grilled Eggplant and Salted Egg Salad
This recipe is great if you’re looking to have a light breakfast or brunch without much calories. The grilled eggplant softens out the strong saltiness of the eggs, and the tomatoes give it a fresh, and juicy kick that’s perfect for when you want to pile on those healthy vitamins. Thanks to Kawaling Pinoy for the full and easy recipe, which you can put together in a matter of minutes.
- 2 large eggplant
- 1 cup grape egg tomatoes, halved or 3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 salted duck eggs, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon green onions, chopped
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 shallot, peeled and minced
- pepper to taste
- With a knife or fork, prick eggplant. Lay eggplant directly on gas stove top over high flame and roast, rotating occasionally with tongs, until slightly softened and skin is evenly charred. Allow to cool to touch and peel skin. Gently rinse under cold, running water to rid of stray skin and coarsely chop flesh.
- To serve, layer tomatoes, grilled eggplant and salted egg. When ready to serve, drizzle with vinegar dressing and gently toss to combine. Garnish with green onions.
- In a small bowl, combine vinegar, fish sauce, shallots and pepper to taste.
4. Salted Egg Fried Rice
No recipe list is complete without the very basic Asian dish, fried rice. Here, as with all the other recipes, the egg yolk should be steamed and mashed before being added to the fried rice. Prawn is always a good option to add to fried rice as its springy texture gives that extra bite to the dish. Here’s how you can whip up your own bowl of salted egg fried rice.
- 2 salted eggs
- 2 cups of cooled cooked rice
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- few pieces of prawn or chicken
- 1 tsp oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup finely sliced spring onions
- 2 bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced (optional)
- Break salted egg yolk and white. Steam salted egg yolk for 10 minutes or until cooked. Mash egg yolk and set aside.
- Heat wok and put in 2 tbsp oil. Put in garlic and saute until golden. Put in rice and toss until rice is hot. Dish up and set aside.
- Put in 1 tbsp oil and brown prawn/chicken. Push to the side of the wok.
- On low heat, put in butter and mashed egg yolks. Cook egg yolks until they look foamy, then add in bird’s eye chilli at this point if preferred.
- Push prawns/chicken onto foamy egg yolks and cook for a while. Turn heat to high.
- Put rice back into wok and toss until rice is hot again. Push rice to the side and toss in egg whites. Quickly push rice onto egg whites (the salted egg whites cook really quickly) and toss rice so that the egg whites will be well dispersed.
- Season with pepper and dish up.
5. Salted Egg Yolk Coated Chicken
This video is the perfect guide to creating perfectly crispy, finger-licking good salted egg yolk chicken! Chunks of deep-fried battered chicken thigh are coated with butter and salted egg yolk, and garnished with fiery chilli padi and fragrant curry leaves. Thank you The Meat Men Channel for this incredible recipe.
Dishes with salted eggs are perfect for the dinner table, but they’re also suitable to be served in large parties and gatherings. The next time you’re planning a huge do, why not request some delicious salted egg dishes from our Kaodim caterers as a treat for your guests? They’ll design the menu, provide the utensils and ensure that your guests are taken care of!
written by Michelle Chee