Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Slow Poached Eggs

Of all the cookbooks I’ve leafed through in the last couple of years, ‘Momofuku’ has been one of the most inspiring. Filled with brash, no nonsense recipes lifted straight from the menu of the now almost iconic New York restaurant. Perusing what Chef and owner, David Chang self effacingly describes, as ‘Bad pseudo-fusion cuisine’ is always a rewarding pastime. Every time I look, I find something I want to try cooking for myself.

Slow poached eggs for example. A Momofuku take on a Japanese method of slow cooking an egg in its shell, the end result; being able to crack it open and have a ready-poached egg slide out. It’s frigging cool, if nothing else.

1. Fill your deepest saucepan with water and put on the hob over the lowest possible heat.

2. You need to keep the eggs from sitting on the bottom on the pan, so improvise with whatever you have to hand to achieve this, maybe a steamer rack or scrunched up foil. I used an upturned bowl.

3. Use an instant read thermometer to measure the temperature of the water. You’re looking for it to lie between 60C and 63C. If it gets too hot, add an ice-cube of cold water, it’s important it stays in this range.

4. Add your eggs and let them sit for 40-45 mins, all the while monitoring the water temperature.

Admittedly a bit of a pain in the arse to achieve, but once they’re done either use right away, or place in ice-cold water to cool, and then keep in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

If you refrigerate them, warm them under very hot water for 1 minute before using.

To serve, boldly crack the egg into a small saucer (they seem much more fragile than they actually are), discarding any loose white whilst sliding onto a serving dish.

The Momofuku application for these is to serve them in hot ramen or broth, which is probably the best use. I found the slow poached eggs as a stand-alone item, a bit insipid looking when compared against your standard poached variety, although as I mentioned previously, cracking a perfectly poached egg out of an intact shell is just so frigging cool, it’s worth all the faffing around, just for the sheer hell of it.

So, a bit of a waste of time then?
Not quite. As a footnote, David Chang suggests frying a slow poached egg, 45 seconds a side, then sprinkling with salt.

Crisp fried brown edges encompassing a neat soft white egg package, which when cut, bursts open in the most lurid, porn’tastic way, positively ejaculating yellow yolk-flow alles uber da platz. Can I get a massive ‘Hell Yeah!’

Honestly – fried slow poached eggs rock my world and may well rock yours too. Waste an hour of your life and try them.


Zoë @rumandreason said...

Poached porn eggs? Am so up for that. I'm trying to work out a way to get Marmite into the equation. That might just blow my freaky little mind.

Dan said...

Zoe - Poached Porn Egg...with marmite. I like it!!

Lizzie said...

This veganism has made me miss eggs most of all. This post has almost made me cry.

Dan said...

Lizzie - What the hell with the Veganism? you? surely not.

Helen said...

I absolutely LOVED doing eggs in the sous vide. This is obviously an option if you don't have one which is cool. I also loved the way they come out of the shells like that! So bloody weird and cool. The frying thing is GENIUS. You know when you're just like, DAMN, I wish I'd thought of that...

Brays said...

We like your food and like your pictures, but language, Dan !!!

Brighton Restaurant said...

Quite nice, quite good recipe which is simple & requires a technique. Lovely, thanks for sharing !

Dan said...

Helen - Jealous as I don't have a sous vide, although I seemingly have pretty much every single other piece of cooking kit crammed into the kitchen. Totally, I wish I'd thought of it first. GENIUS

Brays - Hahahaha thanks and I know, my language...appalling.

Brighton Restaurant - Suspect this is a bit of an advertisment/spam type comment but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. Quite.