Smooth, silky & creamy Steamed Egg: As comforting as they comeWednesday, January 14, 2015
Steamed egg brings back many childhood memories. Next to milk and milo, it is one of the first foods which we were comforted with.
Quick and easy to make, I can imagine why mothers feed their kids with this. When the rice cooker button pops up, from "cook" to "warm", my mum will put a plate on the rice. She poured a layer of the egg-water mix into a plate, closed the lid, and let it steam-cook for a few minutes. It is an efficient way of cooking, making use of the steam and heat from the cooked rice. Sprinkle some diced spring onions to introduce some veg to the child's diet.
Occasionally, minced pork and salted egg yolk will be added.
I still have very early childhood memories of eating that as my mum shoved spoonfuls of rice topped with that into our mouths. We were too young and restless to eat neatly or quickly. She will tell us stories to keep us enthralled, distracted and mouths gaping to make her task of feeding us easier. And if we refused to eat mid-way, the stories paused. I can still remember some of these stories and occasionally use them for my Sunday sermons.
|Silky smooth an creamy texture|
Mcdonalds was non-existent then (thankfully) and that was the only fast food we knew: rice and egg.
The plain steamed egg dish can still be ordered in some Cze Char stalls. Sometimes it is called "Steamed Water Egg." It is commonly found in "Economy Rice" stalls if you care to notice.
So, how do you make this silky and smooth dish? It is really one of those CFG or 101 dishes. It is about adding the right amount of water to the egg. Let me give you a quick low-down on how to cook this.
For every egg you use, you add equal amount of water. 1:1 ratio. The simplest thing is to use the egg shell to measure the water. Create a hole at the sharper tip and use it as a container. Give the tip a light smack with a spoon and peel the top off. For larger amounts just use a large bowl to measure. Add a bit of salt, pour into a wide container through a strainer and steam away.
If it is shallow i.e. no more than one cm, it should be perfectly steamed after 7 minutes. Use a chopstick and drop gently into the middle of the container. If it rests on solid, it is done. Just experiment and you will get the hang of it. It is really easy. The worse thing that can happen is overcooking it and you will see bubbles on the surface. But it can still be enjoyed.
Serve it with some some sauce on top (light soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce). You can even use some Chicken of Essence. Add diced spring onions and fried shallots. Sprinkle in some white pepper. All very optional and just use what you have.
If you want a lighter texture, use more water. Replace water with soy bean milk and you get a heavier texture akin to tofu (check the Egg Tofu recipe here).
Japanese have their Chawanmushi using dashi stock and adding flavourful items like chicken, mushrooms etc. In fact, nowadays, you even have gourmet truffle Chawanmushi. These are steamed egg dishes for grown-ups. You can take it in many different directions, whatever you fancy, simple or gourmet. You can use different types of containers.
Just get confident at making it silky smooth and you can improvise from there.
Hey, switch off the TV or iPad.
When you tell stories, you store mental images of an idea in a child's mind. These images can guide him for the rest of his life. Spongebob Squarepants will not and in fact, rot and sponge up his mind.
Start stocking up some good stories and work on your storytelling skills.
The Bible is one good source. Be imaginative. I once told my girls the story of Jonah but from the perspective of the whale. You can add some funny and meaningful points. Or use children story books if you need visuals, though I think it's better leaving their minds free to imagine .
|I did a few trays for a Alpha party recently|
|The Menu Board at our Alpha party|