Steamed Egg With Preserved Radish 菜脯蒸蛋

by Angie Liew
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Traditional Steamed Egg Recipe with Fragrant Preserved Radish And Minced Meat Topping

Steamed Egg with Preserved Radish is a simple steamed egg dish topped with fried preserved radish and minced meat. This recipe’s specialty calls for chinese sweet-salty preserved radish (daikon) otherwise known as “Chai Poh 菜脯”. It is a turnip that has been salted and sweetened heavily to preserve like a pickle. It adds a distinctive crunch and savoury yet sweetish flavour to any dish.

This recipe is a savory sweet twist to the traditional Chinese Steamed Eggs 蒸水蛋 (

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A Combination of Sweet and Salty Preserved Radish For A Sweet-Salty Kick

I have used a combination of sweet and salty preserved radish, but using just sweet preserved radish is equally tasty as well. Its sweet and salty flavour perfectly complement the super smooth and fresh taste of the steamed egg custard. The preserved radish when fried gives such a wonderful sweet-salty kick to the mild flavoured egg custard.


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Perfect Match with A Bowl Of Hot Steamed Rice

Just be sure to steam the egg custard until just firm so that the texture of the eggs is still smooth and silky. Also, make sure to fry the preserved sweet and salty radish with minced meat till super fragrant. When topped on the egg custard and eaten together, they will be a perfect match and you will definitely not stop with just one mouthful.

As Always, Enjoy!

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Steamed Egg With Preserved Radish 菜脯蒸蛋

Recipe by Huang Kitchen, Angie Liew
This is a simple steamed egg recipe topped with fried preserved radish and minced meat. This recipe’s specialty calls for chinese sweet-salty preserved radish (daikon), otherwise known as “Chai Poh”. It adds a distinctive crunch and savory sweet flavour to this dish. Simply delicious!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Malaysian
Keyword: easy recipe, eggs, steamed
Servings: 3 people



  • 5 eggs, 1 bowl
  • 1 bowl warm water, same quantity as eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 pips garlic, chopped
  • 20 grams sweet preserved radish, rinsed, dry and chopped
  • 10 grams salty preserved radish, rinsed, dry and chopped
  • 100 grams meat, minced, mixed with little cornflour
  • 2 tbsp oil, vegetable oil


  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce


  • 1/2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp water


  • 1 stalk spring onion, diced


    Prepare Egg Custard

    • Prepare egg ingredients
      Break 5 eggs in one bowl and an equivalent amount of warm water in another bowl
    • Add salt in egg
      Place eggs into a measuring cup. Then add a pinch of salt.
    • Mix egg mixture
      Add in the measured warm water and beat to mix well.
    • Strain egg custard mixture
      Then using a sieve, strain the egg custard mixture into a deep and wide plate.
    • Cover with cling wrap
      Cover the strained egg custard with cling wrap.
    • Place into steamer
      Place the egg custard into a wok with boiling water.
    • Steam egg custard
      Steam the egg custard over LOW heat for 10-15 minutes or until set.
    • Steamed egg custard
      When done, remove the cling wrap and prepare to add fried toppings.

    Prepare Preserved Radish Topping

    • Chop garlic
      While waiting for the steamed egg to cook, prepare the topping. First, chop garlic and set aside.
    • Dice spring onion.
      Also, dice some spring onion for garnishing.
    • Prepare sweet and salty radish
      Rinse sweet and salty radish. Then drain and squeeze dry.
    • Marinade meat
      Mince some meat and mix well with a little cornflour and we are ready to fry the preserved radish topping.

    Fry Preserved Radish Topping

    • Fry garlic and radish
      Heat a wok with 2 spoons of oil. Saute chopped garlic and the sweet and salty radish.
    • add mince meat
      Next add in the minced meat and fry till meat is just cooked.
    • Add seasonings
      Then add in chicken stock granules, soy sauce, oyster sauce and dark soy sauce for colour.
    • add cornflour mixture
      Lastly add some cornflour mixture to the fried mixture. Fry till dry.
    • Set aside the topping
      When done, transfer into a bowl and we are ready to add the topping.
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      Sprinkle the aromatic radish toppings on the surface of the steamed egg custard and lastly garnish with chopped spring onions and dice chillies before serving. Serve hot and Enjoy!


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Amount of eggs and water should be the same. (1 bowl eggs and 1 bowl water). This is to ensure a smooth egg custard.
Use warm water to mix with the eggs as warm water helps the beaten eggs and water to combine well.
Strain the egg custard before steaming to remove any bubbles in it. This will ensure a super smooth steamed custard.
Cover the egg custard with cling wrap before steaming. This will prevent condensation on the steamer lid from dripping onto the smooth surface of the egg custard causing uneven surface.
Use a broad and deep serving plate for this dish so the egg custard can be spread out and cooks more evenly and fast. Prolong steaming time will make the custard coarse.
Rinse the preserved turnip with water and be sure to drain/squeeze the radish dry. Otherwise the preserved radish may splatter in the oil when fried. 
Preserved radish comes in 2 types, chopped or larger pieces. Also comes in 2 forms,  sweet and salted. For this recipe, you can use a combination of both preserved radish or just the sweet preserved radish.

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