The Versatility of Chinese Steamed Egg
Ever thought of whipping up a steamed egg for dinner? The Chinese steamed egg, often referred to in Cantonese as “wat don” or “slippery egg”, emerges as a go-to comfort dish adaptable to any dining context. Be it a craving for something warm on a frosty evening, a quest for a fuss-free yet classy dish, or hunting down soft delicacies apt for both kids and elders, this dish shines. Its velvety texture and inherent warmth have a therapeutic touch
More Than Just Eggs
While the primary ingredient is the egg, its beauty lies in its adaptability. Want a richer flavor? Try adding chicken stock. For those on a vegetarian path, a vegetable broth works wonders. Over the years, I’ve witnessed countless variations of this dish – some add a splash of soy sauce, others incorporate clams, mushrooms, or even chicken. The possibilities are endless! It’s an invitation for you to wear your chef’s hat and customize the dish according to your preference.
Crafting Your Chinese Steamed Egg
- 3 eggs
- Water (equal volume to the eggs)
- Vegetable or chicken stock (equal volume to the eggs)
- Salt (according to preference)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Freshly chopped scallion
- Start by cracking the 3 eggs into a measuring cup to determine the volume. Transfer the eggs to a large bowl, season with salt, and beat vigorously for about a minute. Measure an equal volume of water and broth as the eggs and incorporate them into the mixture. Lastly, blend in the sesame oil ensuring a consistent mix.
- Set four ramekins in a steamer, ensuring they’re elevated enough so that the boiling water won’t touch them. Once your water reaches a boil, reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Carefully pour the egg mixture into the ramekins, using a fine mesh strainer to ensure a smooth consistency.
- Seal the steamer and increase the heat to high. Let it steam vigorously for 3 minutes. Afterward, turn off the heat, but leave the steamer covered. Allow it to rest for 14 minutes, ensuring the lid remains on. Finally, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh scallions, and it’s ready to serve!
By mastering this dish, you unlock a culinary experience that is both nostalgic and contemporary. Whether it’s a family dinner, a romantic evening, or just self-care on a quiet night, the Chinese steamed egg is sure to impress and comfort.