Did you know that there are a wide variety of salted egg-based dishes that tickle umami, a.k.a the 5th taste? Join us on a food adventure as you learn more about these mouth-watering dishes.
The humble narrative of salted egg-based dishes
These preserved egg dishes first gained popularity in China during the sixth century. According to legend, the eggs were created by a poverty-stricken forester who forgot a basket of salted eggs in his charcoal store. Months passed and travellers arrived at his home. Having little to feed these visitors, his wife boiled the eggs and served them in a vegetable dish. When she noticed the flavoursome texture of the eggs she decided to recreate the initial mistake. These eggs quickly became a favourite addition to a variety of dishes.
Salted egg-based dishes are popular in most Eastern countries. Although they make a good addition to savoury foods, they release the feel-good dopamine when used in a sweet treat. These dishes can be made from salted duck or chicken eggs; each will bring their own flavour profile to the foods that are served with it.
The creative composition
The eggs that are used in salted egg-based dishes are prepared in a specific manner. They are left in brine or salted charcoal before they are added to other foods. When added to baked goods, the salted eggs are used in the same manner as a regular egg. However, they can also be boiled and deep-fried or sliced and added to curries or salads.
When you decide to experiment with salted egg-based dishes, an array of mouthwatering options avail themselves to you. Try salted egg doughnuts, waffles, ice cream or even fried chicken. Enjoy them as an addition to waffles, a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. If you are going for a savoury option like curry, order a side of fresh fruit to contrast and enhance the intense salty flavour.
Slurp, crunch and enjoy
If you are a street food aficionado, you will be able to enjoy appetising salted egg dishes like ramen, tendon, wings or fried chicken skin. These dishes are often available in local food stalls and market places. However, you will also be able to get these kinds of meals at your favourite restaurants and request a takeaway.