Thursday, September 21, 2017

Try these eggcellent nibbles for kids

Eggs are good when you cook them right, and people say that’s easy to do. But you have to know what you’re doing first.

Photo: Phyo.Photo: Phyo.

I often make egg dishes whenever I have guests with little kids over for brunch. They want to eat the same thing the adults are eating, not from separate plates. So the easiest dish that all will enjoy is an egg dish.

One recipe is for marble eggs flavoured with tea and soy. These can be served as a garnish on rice dishes or with barbecue or meat stew. You can do tea flavours only or soy flavours only or both. The colour of the tea and soy marks the egg whites through cracked shells so they appear “marbled”.

The second recipe is from my mum – one of our family favourites. I have updated it a little. Whenever my mum cooked this curry, my sisters and I would constantly be in the kitchen, nibbling. She would find there were not enough egg slices to serve at lunch time and we’d be in trouble. Still, we never learned to stop nibbling.

Marble eggs

• 6 eggs

• ½ cup soy sauce

• ½ cup water

• 2 star anise

• 2 slices ginger

• 1 ½ tbsp tea leaves

Place eggs in a sauce pan and add enough water to cover. Boil on medium heat. As soon as the water bubbles, simmer for 5 minutes.

Take out the eggs and let cool. Tap the shells with the back of a spoon. Let the shells break a bit while remaining attached to the egg.

Put the eggs back in the water, adding all the remaining ingredients to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Transfer the eggs to a bowl and let cool. Peel off the shells (under cold running water if you need to).

Serve with chilli sauce or fresh sour-and-spicy sauce.