Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋) 32
Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

UPDATED POST ON 18-4-2016

One Facebook friend – Ms. Indrawati Lin asked me to try a quicker 8 hour method (however I used one day instead as I forget to check at 8 hour mark how is the yolk condition) of preparing salted egg yolk and surprising it worked rather beautifully except that the shape is a bit flat due to the weight of the salt pressing on the egg yolk. But the yolk had turned hard like what is commercially sold. The colour also change to orangy. 

Scroll down for the recipe. I want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Indrawati Lin to share this method.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

INTRODUCTION

Chinese dumpling festival is approaching and I thought I want to try making some salted egg yolks for my dumplings.. If you are Singaporean, you will know that there are no fresh duck eggs being sold  in Singapore.. Don’t ask me the reasons but my egg supplier told me that it is a government regulation that no duck eggs shall be imported into Singapore.. She further disclosed that it was possibly due to the bird flu incidence many many years back… I did not testify such statement but I can only tell you it was not sold in Singapore at the time of issuing this report..

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Since there are no duck eggs, I have tried my luck to use chicken eggs after one Facebook friends referred me to Ms. Lily Ng’s website whom she also used chicken eggs in the preparation.. It is my fault that I did not follow her instructions and I come out with my own home version which have more wastage.. But such wastage is rather cost negligible because salt is relatively cheap and the saline solution can be reused many times.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Is there any difference between the salted duck egg yolk and salted chicken egg yolk? In my humble opinion, there is not much difference at all, the only noticeable difference is that it is much smaller in size than than the duck eggs. In order to have the beautiful and orangey yolk, I have told my egg supplier that I want one that have an orange egg yolk if there is .. She gave me a box of 10 white colour shell kampong chicken eggs and the price is slightly higher at about S$2,70 for a box of 10 (normal is S$2 a box of 10).

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Though the original recipe called for 3 weeks, I found some of the yolks have refused to harden even after 4 weeks. That possibly due to the fact I did not follow the recipe closely initially as the osmosis did not took place..

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)


WHAT IS REQUIRED

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

  • Some chicken eggs (“White” shelled kampong chicken eggs or duck eggs preferred)
  • Some Chinese cooking wine or any cooking alcohol
  • Adequate salt to cover the eggs (sea salt preferred)
  • A bottle to accommodate the eggs (Glass bottle preferred)

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)


STEPS OF PREPARATION

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

  • Rinse the eggs with the cooking wine. In a sterilized bottle, put some salt and arrange the eggs as compact as you can. Cover all with the salt. If there is any cooking wine left, pour inside the bottle. Pour adequate COOLED COOKED WATER to cover the eggs. Close the lid and let it sit inside the bottle for at least 3 weeks – 4 weeks.

  • After 3 weeks, take out an egg, crack and check if the yolk has harden. Otherwise, you will have to wait until all the yolks have harden.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Note:

  • White colour kampong chicken eggs are preferred. Tell your egg supplier that you need yolks that are orangey. Duck eggs if available is still the best choice. Cooking wine will enhance the colour the egg yolks.

  • Check the eggs and ensure that there are no crack in the eggs.

  • If you are not willing to use so much salt, the basic ratio is 1 cup of sea salt to 4 cups of water. However, in this illustration, I have used about 1 cup of salt to 1 cup of water as I believed it will expedite the process. The salt did not dissolved in so little liquid. Overall salt that I used is about SS1.50.

  • In  this adventure, about 3 are not as hard as I wanted. Possibly  they are those that floated on top of the saline water.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

METHOD 2 – Express method

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

  • In a container, lay some salt on the bottom, crack the eggs and place the egg yolk onto the middle of the salt. Cover the egg yolk with the salt and let it sit at room temperature for 8 hours (one day preferred). Wash away the salt after eight hours. Ensure that the yolk is covered with the salt at all sides. 

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)


CONCLUSION

i am lucky that this adventure worked wonder for me and I will be using this batch for my dumpling.  I hope it works well for you too. I am preparing another batch using the same saline water and I will know in another 21 days. Should there be any new development, I will update the post.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)



Homemade Salted Eggs (家居咸蛋)

  1. i am a Muslim so using Chinese wine is not permissible for me. Can I substitute for something else?

  2. Hi Kenneth, may I know what kind of salt you used for this. Can I use Kosher Salt or Iodized salt? Thanks.

  3. Do you need to tighten the cap of the bottle?

  4. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kenneth. I noticed it does not really tell how much of each ingredient is needed. I am also quite confused about the amount of cooking wine used. Say, if I do 12 eggs? Can please help elaborate? Thanks so much.

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      This recipe is flexible. For me it is impossible to tell the exact quantity. cooking wine quantity depend on your bowl for rolling. Any extra just add into the saline solution. Saline a bit more or less is acceptable .

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