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Saturday, April 30, 2005

EoMEoTE #6: Warm and sunny

In the fried egg world you're either a runny-yolk person, or you're a... Neanderthal.

Why anyone would deny themselves the bliss of piercing the golden sun of a barely cooked egg yolk is beyond me. Rich, thick and eggy it oozes languidly into your toast providing nourishment and comfort.

So for this month's End of Month Eggs on Toast Extravanga #6 it was back to basics. Fried egg on toast. Extra runny. Guaranteed. Here's how...



In the Old Days, I used to hop from one foot to the other mentally willing the egg white to cook faster than the egg yolk. It was a nail-biting dilemma--should I risk a blasphemous firm set egg yolk or cut my losses and enjoy yolky goodness with the risk of gelatinous gloopy uncooked egg white?

Until one day.
When Everything Changed.

It was an ordinary morning when I watched an egg-spert tap an egg on the benchtop, crack its shell open, and then pour the egg innards over his cupped hand above the sizzling frypan.

Egg white drizzled into the frypan, egg yolk lay nestled in palm of hand.

Genius.

Wait 10 seconds of the egg white to cook then gently slide the precious egg yolk onto the silky white mattress. Cook for as long as you desire and then slide that quivering baby onto your waiting toast.

Look. Smile. And then poke.
*sigh*



This is also how I cook my eggs for that empty-fridge favourite--runny fried eggs on fluffy white rice with a splash of light soy. *shudder*

Runny egg yolk soaking into rice granules.
Protein and carbs.
Sweet and salty.

Goodness never came so easily or cheap.

For a full summary of all the EoMEoTE #6 entries, check out Jeanne's wrap-up at Cook Sister!

Related GrabYourFork entries:
EoMEoTE#5: Eggy-mite
EoMEoTE#4: Chorizo and rocket

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 4/30/2005 11:59:00 pm


11 Comments:

  • At 5/01/2005 5:37 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok, that is such an Asian thing isn't it? It is my number 2 ultimate comfort food. Fried runny egg on plain white rice with a splash of soy. Mmmm. My number 1 ultimate comfort food being Maggi Mee 2 minute noodles. Hah!

    Noodlebowl

     
  • At 5/01/2005 10:27 pm, Blogger Anthony said…

    Indeed. What a tragedy non-runny yolks are. The rush of runny yolk after I deliver my coup de grâce is a great thrill.

     
  • At 5/02/2005 1:56 am, Blogger Stephanie said…

    Oh, I like!

    I've always been a 'dippy' egg gal, myself. My poor hubby just doesn't know how to cook eggs, so I always have to do it myself...and I'm going to give that trick a try.

    Fried eggs on rice, with soy sauce? New to me, but I know I'd love it!

     
  • At 5/02/2005 4:30 am, Blogger Sylvie said…

    My passion is to dip crisp bacon strip into runny egg yolks. Simple pleasure. It's a waste hard cook a fried egg. Might as well have hard boiled.

     
  • At 5/02/2005 7:43 am, Blogger Nic said…

    Brilliant! What a fabulous tip.

     
  • At 5/02/2005 10:28 pm, Anonymous saffron said…

    I like this trick very much. And now I can put to use my egg strainer/seperator more often. Yipee!

     
  • At 5/02/2005 11:51 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Noodlebowl - Ahh yes indeed. I'm afraid I have to disagree on the No 1 status though. Yolky white rice with soy remains in pole position. Congee with plenty of fried shallots and green scallions is the bridesmaid.

    Hi Anthony - Absolutely. Never forget the power of The Fork.

    Hi Stephanie - Yes it's such an obvious trick it's embarrassing I didn't think of it myself.

    And definitely try the fried eggs on rice with soy. Better than baked beans on toast for dinner any day.

    Hi Sylvie - I agree wholeheartedly. And I always wince with pain when I see an egg get flipped over and cooked on the other side. "Noooooooooo" a little part of me screams.

    Hi Nic - I really was bemused that I never thought of doing this myself. But then again, it looks like I wasn't the only one! Woohoo. I thought I was the only dumb one.

    Like a lot of things in life, sometimes the answer is easier than you think.

    Hi Saffron - Absolutely. Altho' I have had occasional accidents where the egg yolk hits the edge of the separator with significant impact and then splits.

    I should have mentioned that often I crack the egg into a bowl and just tilt and pour in the egg white when I'm ready.

     
  • At 5/08/2005 5:29 pm, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said…

    Sorry.. AG,
    Donch like running eggs.. :(
    Perhaps it because my mum used to make half boil eggs for us.. EVERYDAY..!! for the first 10 yrs of my life..hahah!!

     
  • At 5/10/2005 6:27 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MrsT - That might make you sick of eggs yes, but surely not the runny consistency? =P

    My Mum used to boil eggs until the yolks were grey. Maybe that explains my runny obsession! =)

     
  • At 3/23/2007 11:03 pm, Anonymous Annie said…

    I may be the last to try it and comment, but I think I'm among the most excited and grateful. Last night here in London I did the rice, soy suace, ripe avocado and perfect fried egg combo. The white was crispy, the yolk was warm and runny, my tummy was happy :D What an obvious idea to keep the yolk back. Can't believe I didn't think of it before.

     
  • At 3/24/2007 1:06 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Annie - Glad to help another runny egg fan. You have good taste :)

    Now as for avocado and egg, there's an intriguing concept I'll have to investigate!

    And I know what you mean. Don't all perplexing dilemmas always the most obvious solution?

     

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