Homemade Salted Eggs

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Homemade Salted Egg

My good friend Prisca started an edible garden in her Puchong home last year. When her 5 year old son Adrian told her that eggs come from the supermarket (much to Prisca’s horror), she’s just had to convert part of her garden into a mini farm with 3 chickens, a duck & a geese. The minute I step into their house, her 3 excited kids brought me on the farm tour. I’m so amazed with their enthusiasm in educating me about their farm and pets, on how to recognise when the chicken or duck as lay eggs. Adrian would scour the garden daily for eggs, usually 2-3 eggs a day.

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Together with loads of leafy green, I requested to bring home some duck eggs to make salted eggs. The duck eggs are brined into salted duck eggs, a common ingredient in chinese cuisine and also in Malaysia. Cook salted eggs by boiling and can be eaten by itself with rice or congee, like with Nasi Kerabu. Besides cooking with dishes, Chinese use the eggs to make moon cakes (月餅) and glutinous rice dumplings (粽子).

Homemade Salted Egg

Commercial salted eggs are easily available here, but nothing beats homemade salted eggs from fresh organic duck eggs. The process is a mere 10 minutes and the rest is waiting time. The best salted eggs should have a briny aroma, translucent egg white, with bright orange-red yolk. Most recipes just use salt and water to brine, which gives egg a flat salty taste. I used the recipe from Christine’s Recipes that uses spices to give deep flavour to the eggs and shaoxing wine turns the yolk into bright orange-red colour (according to Christine). The colour of the yolk on the photos here have not be enhanced, the bright hue is so gorgeous.
If you can’t find fresh duck eggs, chicken eggs can be used as well.

Homemade Salted Egg

Recipes with salted eggs:
Stir Fry Spinach with Salted Eggs
• Roasted Pork Salted Egg Congee
Salted Egg Prawn
Salted Egg Crabs

Homemade Salted Eggs
 
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Duck eggs are brined into salted eggs, with a briny aroma, translucent egg white, with bright orange-red yolk
Cuisine: Chinese
Ingredients
  • 3 Duck Eggs (or Chicken Eggs)
  • ¼ cup Sea Salt (or Rock Salt)
  • 1 cup (250ml) Water
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
  • ½ Star Anise
  • ½ teaspoon Sichuan Peppercorns
  • *Clean glass container / jar that fits the eggs snugly.
Instructions
  1. Add water, salt in a saucepan. Add star anise and Sichuan peppercorns. Bring it to a boil. Once the salt completely dissolves, turn off the heat. Let cool completely, then add in Shaoxing wine and stir well.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the eggs and wipe them dry with teatowel.
  3. Carefully arrange the eggs in a clean glass container. (Note: check every egg to make sure there are no cracks on it.) Pour salted water into the container and cover the eggs. If your container is large, some eggs above would float to the surface, place a little sauce plate or something on top of the eggs to get all eggs submerse completely in the brine. Tightly cover the container and place at room temperature.
  4. The brining process takes 30 to 40 days. Label the start and finish dates on the container, or set a reminder on your phone or calendar. After 30 days, take one egg out to cook. If the egg is not salty enough, let the rest to brine for a few days more. If you’re satisfied, drain all eggs out and wipe dry. Keep them in the fridge, they can be kept for a few weeks. Mine was kept for a month.
Notes
Before placing the eggs in the container, do make sure all the eggs are not broken or have any cracks. If you don’t have star anise and Sichuan peppercorns, you can replace with any tea leaves you like when cooking the salted water. The egg shells would look darker, infused by the fragrance of the tea you used. The egg yolks would turn orange-red beautifully because of the effect of adding Shaoxing wine. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled

 

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12 Comments

  1. I brined chicken eggs for 30 days and then boiled it for 5 minutes. The cooked egg didn’t have the nice orange color. It looked like a regular boiled egg. What am I doing wrong? Why isn’t the yolk orange and oily?

    • Hi Helen, the boiled salted egg will have slightly darker yellow/orange colour yolk, it will not be oily if boiled. The cracked raw egg should give you a bright orange colour, if you have added shao xing wine to the brine. When you saute the raw yolk, it will produce oil just like in my Salted Egg Prawn recipe

  2. I am trying your salted duck egg recipe . Do I have to filter out the star anise and the pepper corn first before I add the brine or I salt the eggs with all the star anise and pepper corn for 30 days?

  3. cool stuff.. actually in Indonesia we made salted egg by covering the egg with a mixture of sea salt and ashes.. Your recipe make the work much easier.. :D
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  4. Is this a quick version of 1000 year old eggs, or something else entirely? Btw, you had me at salt!
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  5. The yolk is super gorgeous! I wish I can find duck eggs easily. I don’t think they have it at supermarkets, I shall try looking anyway.
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  6. This is something I have always wanted to do! I’ve been getting my eggs from a small, local little farm in the valley and they are the best eggs ever! The yolks are as orange as the one you show in your beautiful pictures. Even though they are chicken eggs, I think they would work quite well as salted eggs. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • How wonderful to get eggs direct from the farm. Duck eggs will give richer & creamier salted egg yolks, but I’m sure chicken eggs works quite well as well. Hope you get to try this recipe

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