Chinese Steamed Egg 蒸水蛋

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Chinese Steamed Egg 蒸水蛋 - a simple decadent chinese recipe

Chinese Steamed Egg: A Traditional Dish In Chinese Cuisine

This is the most basic version of Chinese Steamed Egg. Perhaps you can say it’s the Chinese equivalent of Chawanmushi. It is also known as  蒸水蛋 i.e. “steamed water eggs”, because it is literally just steaming a water-egg mixture. Most Chinese households have this dish in their house menu, as it’s really simple to make and it has hardly any ingredients at all.

So, if you ever find yourself short of a dish to serve for dinner, try cooking this steamed egg dish. It never fails to impress if you do it the right way.

Chinese Steamed Egg 蒸水蛋 - A chinese delicacy

The Secret To Silky Smooth Steamed Egg Custard

The test of a perfect Chinese Steamed Egg lies in the texture of the egg custard. It should be soft and silky, with a smooth and glassy surface. And there’s really no secret for making a dish of silky smooth steamed egg custard. My experience is always to strain the egg mixture, use low heat and to cover the egg mixture before steaming. You must avoid using high heat. Otherwise, you will end-up with steamed eggs with honeycomb-like texture which will be coarse.

So Enjoy as this goes down as one of the BEST Chinese homemade comfort food of all time!

Chinese Steamed Egg Recipe 蒸水蛋

Chinese Steamed Egg Recipe 蒸水蛋

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Chinese Steamed Egg 蒸水蛋
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
This is the most basic version of Chinese Steamed Egg. Perhaps you can say it's the Chinese equivalent of Chawanmushi. It is also known as 蒸水蛋 i.e. "steamed water eggs", because it is literally just steaming a water-egg mixture. Most Chinese households have this dish in their house menu as it's really simple to made and it has hardly any ingredients at all.
Serving For
4people
Prep Time
10minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Serving For
4people
Prep Time
10minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
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Instructions
  1. Prepare all ingredients needed.
    Prepare all ingredients needed.
    Prepare all ingredients needed.
    Prepare all ingredients needed.
  2. Crack three eggs into a large bowl.
    Crack three eggs into a large bowl.
    Crack three eggs into a large bowl.
    Crack three eggs into a large bowl.
  3. Lightly beat eggs and then slowly add in warm water.
    Lightly beat eggs and then slowly add in warm water.
    Lightly beat eggs and then slowly add in warm water.
    Lightly beat eggs and then slowly add in warm water.
  4. Add seasonings and mix well.
    Add seasonings and mix well.
    Add seasonings and mix well.
    Add seasonings and mix well.
  5. Strain egg mixture into a shallow heatproof bowl.
    Strain egg mixture into a shallow heatproof bowl.
    Strain egg mixture into a shallow heatproof bowl.
    Strain egg mixture into a shallow heatproof bowl.
  6. Cover with heatproof cling wrap.
    Cover with heatproof cling wrap.
    Cover with heatproof cling wrap.
    Cover with heatproof cling wrap.
  7. Gently place the bowl onto a prepared steamer.
    Gently place the bowl onto a prepared steamer.
    Gently place the bowl onto a prepared steamer.
    Gently place the bowl onto a prepared steamer.
  8. Steam over LOW HEAT for 10 minutes, or until set. And we're done!
    Steam over LOW HEAT for 10 minutes, or until set. And we're done!
    Steam over LOW HEAT for 10 minutes, or until set. And we're done!
    Steam over LOW HEAT for 10 minutes, or until set. And we're done!
  9. Meanwhile, fry minced garlic till golden brown in oil and set aside.
    Meanwhile, fry minced garlic till golden brown in oil and set aside.
    Meanwhile, fry minced garlic till golden brown in oil and set aside.
    Meanwhile, fry minced garlic till golden brown in oil and set aside.
  10. Sprinkle chopped spring onions, fried garlic, light soy sauce over the egg custard and serve hot. Goes so well with hot steamed rice. As always, ENJOY!
    Sprinkle chopped spring onions, fried garlic, light soy sauce over the egg custard and serve hot. Goes so well with hot steamed rice. As always, ENJOY!
    Sprinkle chopped spring onions, fried garlic, light soy sauce over the egg custard and serve hot. Goes so well with hot steamed rice. As always, ENJOY!
    Sprinkle chopped spring onions, fried garlic, light soy sauce over the egg custard and serve hot. Goes so well with hot steamed rice. As always, ENJOY!
Notes

Do not use high heat when steaming eggs or the texture will be coarse and not smooth.

Lightly beat eggs to avoid too much air getting into the custard and be sure to strain the egg mixture to get rid of bubbles before steaming to ensure a smooth and silky surface.

You can also cover the egg mixture in the steaming bowl with another plate if cling wrap or foil is not available.

If you're not sure if egg custard has set, shake the dish a little and it should be jiggly but firm.

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Cathy June 8, 2020 - 11:48 am

How do you determine the amount of water to add to the eggs,

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