Sunday, 28 April 2013

Steamed Eggs With Century Egg

Steamed egg (蒸水蛋) is one of my favourite comfort foods. It only takes little time to prepare, yet is so satisfying. To me, the perfect wobbly steamed egg has an egg to water ratio of 1:1.5. The easiest way to measure this is to use the egg shells so you do not have to use scales. I use warm water in the recipe, as this is the way I was originally taught, and the result is always better (more smooth) than using water at room temperature. Boil a kettle full of water and then leave it to cool. Put your finger in the water, if it is warm but not painful then it is good to use.

Steamed eggs with century egg

Serves 2

4 Medium eggs
1 Century egg
12 Half egg shells of warm water
Pinch of salt
1 tsp Sesame oil
1 stalk Spring onion, roughly chopped
2 tbsp Soy sauce
2 tbsp Vegetable oil

Remove shell of the century egg, and then cut it into 8 segments. Arrange the slices evenly in a steam proof dish (at least 3cm deep).

Beat the eggs in a bowl until the white and yolks are fully combined. Add warm water and mix well. Add sesame oil and a pinch of salt, give it a stir. Pass the egg mixture through a fine sieve to get rid of any bubbles, and then pour it onto the century egg slices. Cover with cling film.

Place the dish on a rack over a wok of boiling water. Put the lid on and then turn the heat down to medium-low. Steam for 15 minutes. If the centre is still runny, steam for further 3 to 4 minutes.

Add soy sauce to the steamed egg and then sprinkle some spring onion on top. Heat vegetable oil over a high heat, and then add a splash of the hot oil to finish.

Variations: add salted egg (金銀蛋) , or replace century egg with soaked dried scallops (瑤柱), or just simply plain steamed egg. Best served with rice.


  1. I love this dish so much. Yours looks wonderful.

    1. Thank you! The secret is the cling film!

  2. A great recipe! I seem to remember my mum adding left over you zaa gwai (fried dough sticks) to her steamed egg.

    1. Thanks noodles! Yau jaa gwai topping sounds awesome, I will try that next time!

  3. Looks really yummy! It reminds me of my grammar school teacher's recipe - Steamed eggs with Char Siu pulled pork... Heavenly!