Friday, August 12, 2016

put a salted duck egg on it

It may not be the Year of the Egg anymore, but I'm still always looking for interesting egg recipes/applications. I found some Salted Duck Eggs at an Asian grocery store and, knowing nothing about them, bought them. You can buy them cooked or uncooked. The ones in this post were the already cooked ones, you just peel them at use however. I did some research online, but still didn't really know what I was going to do with them until I tasted some. Salted duck egg is obviously quite salty, but also a bit funky and rich and the yolk is kind of granular. I decided to try it as a topping, kind of like how you'd sprinkle Parmesan cheese on pasta. It adds a really nice funk and savoriness to dishes.

Sesame Broccoli with Salted Duck Egg
-4 shallots, divided
-4 garlic cloves, divided
-3 Tablespoons oil
-1 head broccoli, cut into florets
-3 Tablespoons soy sauce
-1 teaspoon sesame oil
-pinch of red pepper flakes
-2 teaspoons sesame seeds
-1 salted duck egg, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
-finely chopped Thai chili, if desired

Finely chop 2 of the shallots and 2 of the garlic cloves. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the shallot and garlic in the hot oil until brown and crunchy, turning down heat if necessary to prevent burning. Remove to a paper towel, reserving the leftover oil in the skillet. Slice the other 2 shallots and mince the remaining garlic and cook in the reserved oil until just soft. add the soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes and sesame seeds and stir to combine. Add the broccoli and toss in the sauce. Cook until bright green but still crunchy. Serve over rice, sprinkled with the fried shallots and garlic, the chopped duck egg and Thai chilies.

So after I made the broccoli dish, my boyfriend mentioned that his Filipino parents always ate salted duck egg with tomatoes. I had a lovely heirloom tomato at home, so the next day I made a kind of duck egg Caprese salad for lunch. 

There's not really a recipe for this. Just slice up a good tomato, sprinkle it with chopped salted duck egg, fresh Thai basil and 5 or 6 drops of sesame oil. No need to salt, the egg is plenty. This was fantastic! Savory and simple and summery. 

What would you do with salted duck eggs?

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