Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 163 – Eggs

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are laying eggs on you.

big egg

The humble egg. Origin of (almost) all animal life. Wonder food. You can do so many things with them. Boil, fry, poach, bake, scramble, steam, coddle, roast, or even, if you are brave, eat raw†. We use them in baking. Egg noodles. Mayonnaise. I could go on forever. Then make an omelette.

Steamed Egg

Steamed Egg

Liuzhou has a wide variety of eggs other than the ubiquitous chickens’ eggs. Goose, duck, pigeon and quail eggs are also all available.

5 eggs

Some care is needed however. It is all too easy to pick up a pack of eggs in the supermarket, get home and find that they things are already cooked or salted or worse.

For fresh eggs look for the character meaning ‘fresh’. (As ever, hover your mouse over the Chinese for an enlargement and the Pinyin pronunciation.) Salted eggs usually have the character meaning ‘salt’ or, occasionally, , meaning ‘salted’. 皮蛋 are so-called century eggs or 100 year old eggs. Contrary to popular myth, these are neither 100 years old, buried underground to rot or soaked in horse urine. While they may look off-putting, they just taste like very eggy eggs. I like ’em.

Salted Chicken Egg

Salted Chicken Egg

pidan

皮蛋 Century Eggs

Then there are the tea eggs. The shells of hard boiled eggs are cracked, then the eggs simmered in black tea for a while. The peeled eggs reveal patterns where the tea has permeated the cracks in the shell. Sold in small Lianhua convenience stores throughout the city.

Tea Egg 茶叶蛋

Tea Egg 茶叶蛋

Quails eggs are often used as a garnish, but I like to make them into miniature Scotch Eggs.

Scotch Egg with Plum Sauce1

Quail Scotch Eggs with Plum Sauce

Another, more Chinese,  favourite is scrambled egg with Tonkin Jasmine.

Scrambled Duck Eggs with Tonkin Jasmine

Scrambled Duck Eggs with Tonkin Jasmine

But really, in all honesty, I don’t think there is anything to compare with the deep joy of a perfectly cooked poached egg. Preferably duck. It is the way I cook eggs most often.

Poached Duck Egg with Wilted Spinach

Poached Duck Egg with Wilted Spinach

Raw eggs or products such as mayonnaise which contain raw eggs should not be eaten by young children, expectant mothers or people with impaired immune systems.

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