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Out of the many ways in egg preparation, the most challenging method must be the all elusive poached egg, and it is probably also the reason why they aren’t very popularly served.

A perfect poached egg has the yolk still runny with a hardened crust but no raw egg white at all. It is almost a boiled version of telur mata kerbau, expect much healthier and I reckon, tastier.

haze with a perfect poached egg
my first crack resulted this poached egg above

Over at Blogger MasterChef competition where I was invited as one of the judges (more on that in future post, I promise), the skills challenge for the contestants was preparing poached eggs.

Chef Ryan Khang did a demo on a simple way to prepare perfect poached egg, I tried and it worked perfectly. I am sharing this recipe. :D

making poached egg
1. create vortex then pour egg in, 2. cook for 2 mins, 3. flip, 4. done

The “recipe” is very simple. Fresh eggs are preferred as the egg whites will be less susceptible to become separated from the yolk. Also, bigger does not mean better when it comes to egg. Eggs in room temperature is assumed in this method, otherwise you might have to let it cooked longer than described.

  • bring water to boil in a saucepan or pot with water tall enough to cover an egg’s height
  • add a couple tablespoon of vinegar, this is to prevent dispersion of the egg white
  • crack egg into a cup first
  • when the water is boiling, stir saucepan/pot to create a vortex
  • add another tablespoon of vinegar to the cup with egg then gently pour the egg into middle of the vortex
  • switch off the fire and let cook for 2 minutes
  • slowly flip the egg over, covering the egg yolk and let it cook for another 2 minutes
  • (alternate extra step) dunk the poached egg in water to remove vinegar taste
  • ready to serve!

flipping poached egg
flipping the egg very gently

There you go, poached egg in less than 5 minutes. It is actually easier than it sounds, try this at home to get a hang of it, then impress your boyfriend/husband with a prefect breakfast (of course with bacon and toast together!)

interesting side note: my first experience tasting poached egg was at Kin Kin pan mee

Discuss : KY cooks – How to Make a Perfect Poached Egg

  1. Yeah, to make the perfect poached egg, the eggs must be extremely fresh. :)

    I love poached eggs, especially on muffins, I just like how the yolk breaks open and spills out and gets absorbed by the muffins. Delicious! :D

  2. I just made poached egg this morning for my sis. I do it better when I make it for someone else . lol

  3. yea easier than it sounds.. :)

  4. well, looks hard to me.. haha.. i’ll end up frying the egg :P

  5. show off ah you unkle. hahahaha why never make poached eggs for us at homeee :P

  6. My first time making poach egg is a big fail whale! I think it’s because the egg is not fresh enough.

  7. random question, just out of curiosity: wonder if it makes a difference in trying to poach chicken eggs and duck eggs :D

  8. Wah sounds a bit difficult for a person who seldom cooks :oops:
    Make a vlog la hahaha

  9. wow thank for the tips on making a poached egg. I also want ti try!

  10. KY, you gotta venture into making Tamago egg..after a week, I got it down, timing is important.

    http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-make-japanese-egg-tamago-soft-yolk-boiled-egg-236720/

  11. Great easy-to-follow tutorial. Hopefully I get to try it some day :D

  12. Weii..I rasa the poached egg done by Chef Ryan and you just stand as a model..betul tak..hahaha..nice poached egg

  13. wah, clever hor u. Haze is damn good at blowing.

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