The unassuming egg is one of the most essential ingredients in the world. It is used extensively in baking, synonymous with breakfast, and used across many different cuisine around the world!
Here we will cover 5 basic ways to cook eggs. Don’t worry, these are simple and anyone can do it!
Hard Boiled Egg
The easiest way to cook an egg is a hard-boiled egg.
Place eggs into a pot, then cover it with water (room temperature) until it is about 1 or 2 inches above the eggs (try not to overcrowd the pot with eggs). Then, bring the pot to a rolling boil. Once it is boiled, bring it back down to a simmer and let it sit for about 10-12 minutes. Depending on how you like your hard boiled egg, you may remove the egg earlier for a slightly moist yolk or longer for a dryer texture. Remove the eggs at desired doneness and place them in cold or room temperature water to stop the cooking. Remove the shell and enjoy the eggs!
Half Boiled Egg
Half-boiled is a favourite among many Malaysians, it is often enjoyed with toast. A common misconception is that half-boiled egg and soft boiled egg are the same when in fact, they are not. Half boiled egg is literally cooked half way, and both whites and yolk remain liquid. Soft boiled egg on the other hand has a creamy yolk with usually cooked whites, and therefore they maintain the egg shape.
To make the perfect creamy half boiled egg, you first need to bring a pot of water to boil (enough to completely submerge the egg). Once boiled, remove from the stove, and gently lower room temperature eggs into the saucepan and cover with a lid. Allow the eggs to cook for 7 minutes, then remove the eggs and run it under tap water to stop the cooking. Finally crack the eggs, and serve it up with some soy sauce, pepper, and toast. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of eggs.
Soft Boiled Egg
Soft boiled egg is like an overdone half boiled egg. You still have creamy runny yolk, but the whites are much firmer and can still hold the egg shape.
To make soft boiled egg, you just need to place the eggs in boiling water for about 4-5 minutes for a more runny egg - great for dipping, and 6-7minutes for a firmer egg - suitable for salad.
Sunny Side Up
Sunny side up is another classic way of cooking eggs. It is called sunny side up because the egg looks like the sun when cooked. Sunny side up only cooks one side of the egg, and allows the other side (the side up) to cook slightly. You should have cooked whites, and yolk that is still runny.
To cook sunny side up, you will need to heat some oil in a nonstick skillet on medium low heat. Carefully crack the egg into the pan (you should hear any sizzling, if you do, the pan is too hot. Turn down the heat!). Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the whites are mostly cooked. Then baste the uncook whites near the yolk with oil until it is set. With that, you’re done! Serve it with some salt and pepper or have any way you like.
Poached egg is one of the harder ways to cook an egg, but once you know how to do it, it is actually quite simple. The key to a perfect poach egg is to use fresh eggs (As fresh as you can get). Eggs that are not fresh will be watery and will likely not stay together in the water. There are many ways to make poached eggs, but we will tell you one of the easiest ways to poach an egg. You will need fresh eggs, a large pot, small ramekin or bowl, and vinegar
First bring water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Then crack the egg into a small ramekin (this allows you to pour egg into the pot more easily). Add a tablespoon of vinegar and stir the pot to create a vortex (Creating a vortex helps, but only works if you are poaching one egg at a time, and it gives you a nicer shape). Add egg to the middle of the vortex and let the egg cook for about 3 minutes. Then, remove the egg and dry it on a paper towel. Finally serve it with your choice of condiments.
Remember, the key to a good poached egg (or any egg for the matter) is to use fresh eggs!
And there you have it, 5 ways to cook eggs.
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