Chinese steamed eggs

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Chinese steamed eggs
ChineseSteamedEgg.jpg
"Three color" version of Chinese steamed egg
Alternative names Water egg
Place of origin China
Region or state Chinese-speaking areas
Main ingredients water, or chicken broth, scallion, century egg, ] or dried shrimp
Variations Chawanmushi, Gyeran jjim
Cookbook:Chinese steamed eggs  Chinese steamed eggs
Chinese steamed eggs
Chinese
Cantonese Jyutping zing1 seoi2 daan2
Hanyu Pinyin zhēngshuǐ dàn
Literal meaning steam water egg
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 鸡蛋羹
Hanyu Pinyin Jīdàn gēng
Second alternative Chinese name
Chinese 蒸蛋
Third alternative Chinese name
Chinese 水蒸蛋

Chinese steamed eggs or water egg is a Chinese home-style dish found all over China. Eggs are beaten to a consistency similar to that used for an omelette and then steamed.

Preparation[edit]

The eggs are beaten and water or chicken broth added to create a more tender texture and to add extra flavor. Only pre-boiled drinking water or bottled water is normally used. Most home filtered water is not considered safe as the steaming process does not kill any germs in the liquid.

Other solid ingredients may also be added to the mixture. The egg mixture is then poured into a dish, which is then placed in a steamer then steamed until fully cooked. The eggs should be steamed until just firm, so that the texture of the eggs is still smooth and silky. A plate is usually placed on top of the bowl containing the egg mixture and left on while the egg is being steamed. Uncapped steamed eggs will have water on top of the finished dish due to the steam.

Cooking Time[edit]

Using four eggs, average time is 10 minutes with water, 7 minutes with chicken broth. However, this is in addition to the time needed for pre-boiling water.

Comparison[edit]

The closest Western equivalent food is a savory custard.[original research?][citation needed] If eaten cold, it is like Jello, without sugar (unless added).

Variety[edit]

Home made versions generally include scallion, century egg, or dried shrimp. These additional ingredients are added to the egg mixture before steaming. It can also be enjoyed with soy sauce. The taste is usually savory (as opposed to a sweet custard).

Other Cooking Methods[edit]

This same dish can be cooked in a microwave, or in a pressure cooker. Both methods take less time, although the end product may not be of the same quality.

See also[edit]