On those nights when one is pressed for time, the savory steamed egg custard along with a bowl of rice or a couple slices of bread bread will make for a quick and tasty meal. Try it in place of your usual stew or soup or as a side dish. The best thing about this savory steamed egg custard recipe is that it requires very few ingredients and only 5 minutes of hands on time.
This is all you need: 3 eggs, salt, some scallions(optional) and a strainer (optional).
Chop a tablespoon worth of scallions.
Crack 3 eggs into a mixing bowl and add ¾ teaspoon of salt. Scramble well.
Add 1 and ½ cups of water. If you have chicken broth, use that instead as it makes it more flavorful. Scramble again.
Pour the egg and water mixture through a strainer and into a dish that is safe to steam in. This is to remove all the air bubbles to ensure a smooth consistency.
Fill the steamer with water turn the heat on to high and wait for the water to boil. As soon as the water boils, turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting on your stove and put the dish containing the egg mixture into the pot. Remember to protect your hands!
Steam on low heat for approximately 35-40 minutes. I use low heat to guarantee a smooth custard like texture. If you are on a time crunch, or prefer a rougher texture, steam on high heat for 12-15 minutes. Note: The egg mixture will turn to a lighter shade of yellow after steaming.
Remove carefully from the hot steamer. Remember to wear hand protection! Sprinkle the chopped scallions on top. Enjoy!
Optional: Add some sesame oil or a dash of soy sauce for more flavor. I normally do not and even omit the scallions if I do not have any at home.
Recipe: Savory steamed egg custard
Hands on Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12-40 minutes depending on how you like the consistency of the eggs. Less time for a rough custard on high heat, and max time for a smooth consistency on low heat.
-1 tablespoon of thinly chopped scallions
-3/4 teaspoon salt
-1 and ½ cups water or chicken broth for more flavor
(1) In a mixing bowl, scramble eggs and salt together. Add in water. Scramble some more.
(2) Pour mixture through a strainer into a deep plate suitable for steaming.
(3) Once the water boils in the steamer, turn the heat on low and place the mixture into the steaming rack. Steam for 20-25 minutes.
(4) Remove, sprinkle scallions on top and serve.