Saturday, 23 February 2013

Desk Lunches and Egg Sarnies



I hate that there's long spaces between posts these days, and that they often start with "I'm sorry". It's been a hectic past couple of weeks what with my portfolio due for the term, a supperclub last weekend, and cookbook deadlines-- all happening together. My lunches have not been particularly exciting and are often had in front of my Mac and sketchbook. I've had some pretty awesome leftovers from the supperclub to tide me through and for you to daydream about-- Teochew slow-braised Gresingham duck and my mum's triple-cooked pork belly buns-- but those posts will have to happen another day (I promise).

For now, it's going to be just an egg sarnie. Yep, a good old sandwich. One that you can eat by holding in one hand so you have the other free for crossing out 'lunch' on your to-do list. I feel terrible for writing that but sometimes there's no way round a desk lunch. I swear once this week is over, I'm going to make a full-blown ceremony out of every meal I have. For now, yes, back to the egg sarnie. Probably not top on one's must-eat lists, but it is just, well, there-- a safe, rather unexciting, but delicious lunch standby.

That said, it's delicious only if you get a few things right. Since it is after all just a simple egg sandwich, I insist on making it a bloody good egg sandwich. Good eggs, good bread, good salads. And butter of course. I add miso and mustard to the butter but no mayo. I'm not trying to make it more exotic and hippie that an egg sandwich should be; I just tend to reach for miso whenever I want a salty savoury kick and I feel it adds a little something extra. (plus, I'm Asian, I have excuse to like fermented soybean thingies even in my sandwich.) And miso butter is amazing stuff. My filling is not like your usual spreadable paste at all and more so a chunky rough mash since I fancy more texture, so it's not a usual egg sarnie anyway.


JUST AN EGG SARNIE
serves 1
Ingredients
1 large free-range egg from a happy hen (obviously, boil more at a go but it's 1 egg per sandwich)
2 slices of good not-too-holey sourdough bread (homemade, or if you're keeping it real, from a good bakery)
handful of fresh watercress and mizuna (similar to rocket but more delicate; you can use your favourite peppery salad leaves. I have those on my windowsill.)
2 tsp of softened butter from a happy cow
1/4 tsp of dijon mustard
1/4 to 1/2 tsp mild white miso (depends on how salty your miso is)
bit of honey (opt, depends on how sweet your miso is)
lots of freshly ground black pepper

Method
1. First, boil your eggs right. Overcooked powdery egg yolks and rubbery egg whites will still be that even when chopped and mashed up. Put room temperature eggs in a single layer in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover, bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, remove from heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 min, then immediately remove to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process till cool enough to peel.
2. Mix up 1 tsp of butter with the mustard, miso, pepper and honey (if using). Chop up one egg into small pieces, and add to the mix. Mix well. I like it more a chunky rather than mushy mash.
3. Butter your bread with the other 1 tsp of butter.
4. Pile on the egg filling and salad leaves then squish the second slice over. Obviously best when eaten immediately, but if you have to wrap it up for school, do what you have to do.



And that's it.  If I'm trying to make it sound all posh and amazing, you have creamy egg yolks and delicate whites coarsley mashed up with mustard and miso for a twist, topped with bitter leaves for just the right mix of pepperiness, saltiness, and tanginess, and then all sandwiched happily between slices of good bread. But well, it's really just an egg sarnie.


Other Boiled Egg Recipes:
How to Boil Eggs - Soft, Medium, Hard
Blue Eggs and Purple Broccoli (Soldiers)
THOSE Sambal Deep fried Eggs
Chinese Tea Leaf Marbled Eggs  (茶叶蛋)


45 comments:

  1. nothing like a good old egg sandwich jazzed up. i am a sucker for good egg -wiches and give them a bit of an south asian twist by adding toasted cumin to the mix. salute to the egg!

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    1. I'm going to try adding toasted cumin next time, fab idea m!

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  2. Nothing wrong with a good egg sandwich Shu Han. I love your version, looks so chunky and filling. I would never have dreamed of miso and honey! My favourite egg sarnie is one with avocado mashed in. I eat far too many lunches chained to my desk these days.

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    1. miso-honey-mustard-egg ftw! haha. I love egg and avocado mashed up together too! with that I add tomato, everything becomes very much more.. juicy and watery but tomatoes just go so amazing with avocado. sigh, hifive fellow desk-luncher.

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  3. Only one thing I have to say: it's messy because of the way the eggs are cooked. Saute them over easy and they stay in one piece in the sandwich. The yolk can still be soft, even runny. I prefer my sandwich in my mouth, not on my desk. Cheers. This is the last time I will attempt to surmount the optical puzzle.

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    1. Haha I like my sandwich in my mouth too. I am a messy eater, it's not that messy a sandwich (I think). I like a soft fried egg sandwich too, but I call it an entirely different creature of a sandwich on its own. This is an egg salad sandwich :)

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  4. I love how perfectly cooked your eggs are...this would be one phenomenal lunch, lady! Hope you're having a great weekend =)

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    1. thank you! :) my weekend is slightly better. enjoying a day in, albeit doing work still..

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  5. Sorry Shuhan, I'd be there with the jar of mayo, but other than that - a great looking sandwich! I do love egg and cress... it's a fantastic combo isn't it?!

    I found a wonderful sandwich combo mix once - Good white bread, mayonnaise, ham, picalilli, good cheddar cheese, and sliced cucumber! Have that with a nice cup of tea - fantastic!

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    1. Aw Charles, no need to apologise, love a good egg mayo too! But try this combi one day too, quite different and less wet,.. I don't know, but I really like it too. And yes egg and cress are MEANT for each other. That sandwich combo sounds phwoar! Weirdly, the first thing that came to my mind was how I would draw all that into the chart hee hee.

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  6. Hi Shu Han! You will never go wrong with eggs and wild rocket leaves with good slices of bread... The combination is perfect... oh and a cup of good coffee pls. :)

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    1. I'm not a coffee person, so with me it's tea! Other than that yes simple but good combi :)

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  7. I feel your pain. The nature of my job means that I often have to eat at my desk and although I hate it, making sure it's a really GOOD sandwich takes some of the misery away.

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    1. Sigh. Hi five fellow desk luncher. I wish you lots of EXCELLENT sandwiches to keep you going x

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  8. Hi Shu Han, I sure love your sandwich. Look so appetizing and eggs is still the best food, can never go wrong. I exchange my tau suan and youtiao with your sandwich. LOL

    Have a fabulous weekend, regards.

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    1. Haha doesn't sound like a fair exchange (for you), but I will take your tau suan and you tiao happily, any time.

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  9. Yum! tasty, but a bit messy ... I particularly love the miso and honey mustard dressing for the eggs! Nice twist on the usual egg salad! Sorry work and life is so hectic, but think of it as a good thing! Think how much you are accomplishing! Cheers!

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    1. Aw thanks for the sweet words, I really needed that reminder to be thankful for the situation. And yes hehe I'm a very messy eater, plus i think i was trying to stuff too much filling (as usual) in between the bread haha.

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  10. I hate overcooked eggs! Your egg sammich looks damn sexy! Using Miso is such wonderful idea.

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    1. thanks kelly! I love miso butter:)

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  11. Oooh, I LOVE egg salad sandwiches. Miso in a sandwich? Why have I never thought of that?

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    1. because you're thinking of even more amazing things like nutella eggnog?

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  12. Shu Han, it's not "just" an egg sandwich. A good sandwich with high quality, carefully combined ingredients is worth much much more than an ordinary meal cooked for hours. And yours is certainly an example of an excellent sandwich. I love the idea to add miso I was sure to find mayonnaise in the ingredients, but miso is healthier and such a big change! I must try it in sandwiches. Thank you for the excellent idea.
    I hope your busy pace will slow down slightly, but I'm sure it helps accepting it if you do fascinating things.

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    1. wow thanks sissi, that really made me feel much better about my boring egg sandwich! you def have to try this since you're a miso fan too :) You're right, I'm busy but doing things I love which is always good!

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  13. I love miso butter! New potatoes, crushed up with miso butter and dash of soy sauce..dreamy.
    I often make egg sandwiches for afternoon tea events, people are always surprised how yummy a proper, (super fresh) egg sandwich can be. Nice post!

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    1. YAY more people need to be enlightened about miso butter. another goodie, freshly steamed (or bbq-ed if you can have it your way) corn on the cob, with miso butter melted over.....

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  14. The chunkiness of the eggs makes it soooo appetising! :) I will have to try the miso butter out. It's something that I haven't yet try I must say!

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  15. Egg sandwiches are always convenient, delicious with good nutritional... I must admit it is not very fanciful but always a good lunchbox classic :D

    Zoe

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  16. That mix of good egg and good bread is hard to beat, it is the foundation of so much (desk lunch) joy. AS a regular eater of lunch at desks, I understand the importance of having something to look forward to, and this would beat the hell out of a Pret/Eat/M&S sarnie for sure.

    The miso is an interesting addition, not one I'd thought of before and is now added to the must-try list. I'd be a cheerleader for some decent sweet chilli or maybe banana-chilli ketchup (a recent discovery and ace with eggs) or siracha.

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    1. where on earth do you get banana chilli ketchup?! o.o

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  17. Love the use of miso, will have to try that... We're all doomed to the desk lunch once in a while, I suppose(mine has been known to include a whining toddler for an added twinge of guilt! ;-)), but you sure make the best of it! That sandwich just looks so darn appetizing!!

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    1. thanks helene, haha aw don't lie I bet you love it when you have him around :) p.s. looking forward to your kari ayam mission :)

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  18. yours isn't just a sandwich! It's a perfect egg sandwich...but I'm with Charles...I'd need some mayo :)
    Looks delicious and those eggs are perfectly boiled!

    Nazneen

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  19. That butter-mustard-miso-honey sauce is absolutely fanstastic, I can't wait to fix myself an egg sarnie like yours! But I'll probably have it wrap up for the office... not school anymore ha ha ha

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    1. well it's still a desk lunch be it the office or school.. :(

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  20. I loved the miso in it! This "happy" recipe is extremely interesting. I kept on reading (and smiling at the same time) the whole post, which is written in such a captivating way! :)
    Love your style!

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    1. aw thanks your comment in turn made me smile :)

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  21. i would like that sandwich for lunch any day and perhaps everyday if I can haha. My lunch has been very lame lately so I've been consistently looking for lunch ideas! I am interested to find out how miso works out in that egg salad. Will make some of the sandwiches soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. A lovely lunch. I like to vary my sandwiches so I like your take on the egg sarnie!

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  23. i love hard boiled eggs.. but i never get them right! mainly cos i tend to use them straight from the fridge! yours are perfect! do hope to get my eggs right next time with your instructions ^^

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  24. I love egg sandwiches but it never even crossed my mind to add miso!

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  25. Nothing wrong with eating a sandwich as good as that. I am terrible at taking a proper time out at lunch during the week, but I will be trying miso next time I make my egg sandwich ;-)

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  27. Wow Shu Han, That's not "just a sammie" its lovely slices of healthy bread loaded with some eye catching colorful goodies & makes me want a bite out of it ;)

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  28. Desk lunches are not so bad when the food itself is as good as this looks. Currently eating an omelette in front of my laptop!

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