Tuesday, 19 April 2011

A Perfectly Poached Egg

Seductive quivering blob asking to be poked.

It's easter this sunday, and I have a dozen fresh local eggs, so this week's going to be an eggs-tremely eggs-citing eggs-perience. Sorry, I couldn't help it hehe.

It'd be a shame not to poach fresh eggs, because fresh eggs really make all the difference between a perfectly formed poached egg and one with the whites running all over the place. Poaching eggs is one scary kitchen task that I took very long to finally dare to do, and being the foodie nerd that I am, researched extensively on. Here's a Guardian article which compares the methods. And after a few delicious (ugly poached eggs are still poached eggs) flops, here's the method I swear by:

Perfectly Poached Eggs
1 fresh free-range egg
a pot of water
a tsp of vinegar

1. Bring the pot of water to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Add the vinegar.
2. Meanwhile, crack the egg into a shallow bowl (or if you dare, you can just do it straight into the water later, but I'm chicken.)
3. Stir the boiling water vigorously (with a whisk if you like but nah) until you get a whirpool, then gently slip the egg into the centre of this whirlpool.
4. Once the whites form around the egg yolk, take it off the stove and just let it sit in the hot water for a couple of min, or till the whites are set but soft, but the yolk is still raw (tell by sight, not touch!!)
5. Immediately remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper and serve (e.g. with wilted spinach and generously buttered sourdough toast) or transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop it cooking then reheat in a pan of simmering water.


  1. hi shu han, nice to know you! I think it must be such a learning experience for you in terms of cooking after you've left for studies. That's a very nice poached egg!Though the above dish is simple, i must say that this is simply delicious and healthy too!

  2. I have never been able to make poached eggs. Yours are so perfect. I love it that you've paired it with spinach and toast. What a wonderful anytime meal! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me and commenting tonight. I am sure you could use salmon that hasn't been canned or maybe you have options in your country of canned products without BPA. You should check into that! I'm so sorry if I scared you. Have a great week, Candace

  3. I like your blog name! Esp since I was the same when I first started cooking LOL
    Lovely poached egg- free range always wins!

  4. Wow! the kind of breakfast which i love!

  5. Perfectly poached eggs. Love the colour of yolk.. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. This looks yummy and very healthy! a good way to start a day!!

  7. Mmm, that egg picture makes my mouth water! What beautiful orange color!

  8. "seductive quivering blob"


  9. thanks! (:

    yen, sorry my vocab er, quite flawed hee hee.

  10. no i thought it was brilliant creative.

  11. really?? YAY i'm flattered (: