The Inspiration Behind the Dish
In the vast realm of culinary experiments, certain serendipitous ventures stand out, like the crispy pork-topped silky steamed eggs. This dish, originally a blissful collision between crispy pork and smooth steamed eggs, prompts one to muse: how can the velvety nature of steamed eggs be further elevated? The answer: by adding delightful crispy pork bits. This creation is not only quick to prepare—needing a mere 3-minute steam—but its adaptability is commendable. Ideal for those balmy days when you desire limited stove engagement, it retains its allure even when presented at ambient temperature.
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The genius behind this recipe lies not just in the flavors but also in its efficiency. The concept is straightforward: by preparing a batch of ground pork, you’re setting the stage for two distinct dishes: this sumptuous egg delight and the Stir-Fried Chinese Green Beans with Pork. Simply marinate and cook your pork, then portion it out for both meals, and voila—a mealtime masterpiece! If you’re new to the art of steaming or just looking for some handy tips, we have an informative post dedicated to mastering the steaming technique.
Steamed Eggs: A Chinese Culinary Gem
Chinese households revere the steamed egg for its simplicity and adaptability. Historically, it was an ingenious way to extend the reach of a few eggs, ensuring a wholesome meal for larger families. Paired with rice, a side vegetable, and a primary course, this dish transforms any dinner into a celebratory feast. The magic truly unfolds when the silken texture of the steamed eggs dances with the crunchy pork, creating a gastronomic harmony. The base recipe offers a canvas, ready to embrace variations—from clams and shrimp to tofu and dumplings. This crispy pork rendition, however, remains a household favorite.
Steamed Eggs with Crispy Pork: Recipe & Ingredients
For the Meat & Marinade:
- 4 ounces ground pork (110g; chicken or beef can be used as alternatives)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine
- 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
For the Egg Blend:
- 3 eggs
- Water (equal volume to the eggs)
- Vegetable or chicken stock (equal volume to the eggs)
- Salt (adjust to preference)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
For Cooking the Meat:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 finely chopped scallion
1. Meat Preparation:
- Mix the meat with all marinade ingredients until fully absorbed. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes while preparing the eggs.
2. Crafting the Egg Blend:
- Crack 3 eggs into a measuring cup and register the volume. Shift eggs to a spacious bowl, sprinkle salt, and whisk for a minute.
Pour in the same volume of water and stock. Add sesame oil and blend well.
3. Perfecting the Steamed Eggs:
- In a steamer, position a heat-resistant shallow bowl. Ensure that water doesn’t touch the bowl during steaming.
- Once it boils, lower the heat. Gently introduce the egg blend via a mesh strainer into the pre-heated bowl.
- Seal the steamer, amplify the heat, and steam for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat afterwards but keep it covered for 14 more minutes. During this interval, focus on the meat.
4. Meat Browning:
- Preheat a wok until smoky, pour in oil, and fry the marinated meat till crispy. Limit stirring for enhanced crispiness.
- Stir in scallions. Once eggs finish steaming, serve them adorned with the crispy meat!
Enjoy this culinary journey where textures and flavors intertwine, promising a meal that’s both comforting and invigorating.