Wow.….when is an egg, not an egg??? Or how many ways can you eat/cook an egg???
Eggs are probably one of the most versatile and eaten foods around the world.
Chinese and Egyptian records as far back as 1400 BC mention the egg and in 3200 BC records, they talk of domesticated fowls and eggs. World wide there are nearly 2oo breeds and a variety of chooks.
Eggs are big business.
So let us have a look at whose eggs we favour...Turkey eggs used to be a staple in North America and were also part and parcel of Olde worlde cuisine particularly in England. The well-known American restaurant Delmonico’s served Turkey egg omelettes well into the late 19th century.
It was also believed by many chefs that turkeys eggs made the best sauces….They are not commonly found now as they are very expensive. Turkeys are not as prolific egg layers as the Chook and it’s not cost-effective although I guess maybe still eaten in some homes where they have a resident turkey or two.
That may be us soon as we now have Turkey babies as most of you already know and if you don’t then check this post out and all will be revealed.
Here in Thailand eggs come in many guises and colours and are found on most street corners in one form or another.
Cooked and injected with seasoning they are very popular.
My favourites are these little quail eggs, fried and sprinkled with fish sauce a lovely snack.
The famous Khai Khao egg which is a developing duck/chicken embryo boiled and eaten from the shell. Is also widely eaten here… The embryo is well-developed and recognisable and eaten by men as they believe it increases their sexual stamina and ladies especially pregnant ladies because of the high-value nutrients they contain. It is however very controversial due to religious, animal welfare and human health concerns. It is definitely one I could not eat and I try most things but I could not eat that.
The preserved century eggs…Khai Yiao ma which translates as “Horse urine eggs” because of their urine like smell is another no, no for me…I will stick to my little quail’s eggs.
The ” Soy eggs” are ok and quite nice tasting if you like soy and often sold with crispy pork.
The mottled tea egg is another egg which is cooked in tea and then the shell is cracked and it is cooked again in tea and spices, this is how it gets its marbled look. Also very popular here.
I like my eggs well cooked, the least hint of any uncooked white is another no, no for me…I definitely could not take a drink of something like a Prairie Oyster which is said to be the mother of all cures for a hangover. Yet another use for the versatile egg.
It consists of Raw egg mixed with Worcestershire sauce, tomato juice, vinegar, hot sauce and salt and ground pepper. Downed in one!
I hope you enjoyed my little foray into the world of eggs. How do you like your eggs????
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