Have you ever heard of steamed eggs before?
Take a peek.
This is a classic Chinese dish that’s found in homes throughout the Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Yet unlike egg fried rice, it somehow managed to escape the spotlight in North America.
The recipe is simple yet versatile. The main ingredients are eggs and water. You can add seasonings (soy sauce, sesame oil, broth, cilantro, scallions), meats (cooked fish/ imitation crab), or veggies (mushrooms, bell peppers) to your heart’s desire. It’s kinda like the Chinese equivalent of a crustless quiche.
My family often prepared steamed eggs for me when I fell sick. I loved its familiar smell and taste. Like egg & tomato soup (that’s a blog post for another day), this was one of my comfort foods growing up. Cooking and eating it today still brings me feelings of warmth, satisfaction, and love.
Do you have a childhood comfort food? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear what the food is, and what it means to you!
Eat This Mindfully
Prepare: Take a few deep breaths to relax your body completely. Assess your hunger and fullness levels before eating. Notice any thoughts, feelings, or emotions you have.
Look: What do you notice about the texture of the steamed eggs? What colours are in the dish? How much food is on your plate?
Smell: Take a deep breath and smell the dish. Do you notice the smell of soy sauce and sesame oil? What do eggs smell like?
Taste: Slowly savor the silky texture of the steamed eggs. Enjoy the saltiness of the soy sauce and the richness of the sesame oil. What else do you taste?
Check in: What changes do you notice in your hunger and fullness? How do you know when you’re ready to stop eating?
- 4 eggs
- 120 mL warm water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, diced
- 1/2 scallion (green onion), thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp dried goji berries
- cilantro leaves
- 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
- drizzle of sesame oil
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until uniform in colour.
- Add water and salt, mix well. Skim off any bubbles with a spoon or mini-strainer.
- Pour egg and water mixture into a large bowl (or several smaller ones) for steaming. Add diced mushrooms and goji berries.
- Bring up 2 inches of water to a boil in a steamer, gently steam the eggs over medium heat for ~10 minutes, or until set.
- Garnish with scallion, goji berries, cilantro leaves, soy sauce, and sesame oil before serving.
- No steamer? No worries. You can also make this by setting the bowl of eggs directly in gentling boiling water-- just make sure the water doesn't get into the bowl.
- Be careful to not overcook the eggs.