Steamed Egg Custard with Minced Chicken / Pork

Growing up, my parents have a list of “simple meals” which I have always taken for granted. It’s funny how when you’re away from home and settled in your new home and start to have your own list of “simple meals” for a busy weeknight, you start to randomly reminisce those little dishes you used to have as a child growing up in your parents house.

This dish is definitely one of them – it just randomly popped up one night and I thought “Hey! Haven’t had THAT dish in ages! I wonder if I can cook it.. seemed simple enough”.

Of course, my first attempt was an ultimate failure. Not only did I get impatient and did not wait for my dad to reply my text message asking him for directions, I completely messed up and wasted 8 eggs. I was stupid enough to not have one of the core ingredients of this dish…. WATER.

Okay, so there is more to this dish than it looks. After my 2nd and 3rd attempt I think I’ve finally mastered the balance of egg and water, and be careful not to overseason it. The photo posted above looks a bit runny with too much water, but that’s actually how I like it. I like the egg custard super soft and smooth, and I like the water being in there like a “clear soup”. Enjoy!

Ingredients (for a small bowl serves 2):
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup of water
1 tsp sesame oil
100g minced pork / chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped spring onions for garnish
In a fry pan, cook minced pork / chicken and season well with salt and pepper. Once cooked, set aside.
In a steaming bowl, beat 3 eggs thoroughly and add water and sesame oil. Season very lightly with salt and pepper.. be careful not to overseason, as the minced meat already adds to its flavoring. Add cooked minced meat into the egg and water mixture and place bowl in a steamer.
Steam for approx. 10 minutes, then turn the heat off and let it sit in the steamer for another 6-7 minutes. Garnish with chopped spring onions before serving. Enjoy on its own or with a bowl of steamed white rice.

10 thoughts on “Steamed Egg Custard with Minced Chicken / Pork

  1. When I go back to work I'm sure I'll have a list of “simple meals” for the rotation since I won't have all the time in the world anymore. This looks really delicious. Glad you were finally able to make it work. Yummy!


  2. Mmm…that looks delicious! I love how there are a million ways to prepare eggs and this just happens to be one of my favourite, love the silky texture, goes so well with a hot bowl of rice!


  3. How beautiful! If it tastes half as good as it looks you have a winner of a recipe on your hands. This is my first visit to your blog so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really enjoyed the food and recipes you shared with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


  4. Oh wow this looks great. These are some of the best meals ones that mom used to make us. Funny I just made some corn pancakes for breakfast for my daughter, I haven't had them since I was a kid and I had to make them the way my mom made them. I had to tell my sister that I made them and she remembered too! They were as good as I remembered…which I sure is not always the case when it comes to what we liked as kids. Anyway this looks amazing wish I could try it!


  5. I know what you mean about seemingly simple meals! I get so mad when I crave something simple and it turns out to be more difficult than I thought. But sounds like these steamed eggs are worth the trouble. Thanks for going through the hassle of determining the correct seasoning and water to egg ratio for us! I adore steamed eggs, but have never attempted to make them at home. Maybe now I will. 🙂


  6. Okay yours look way better than mine! I should try adding more water too… But yeah, I shared the exact same sentiments as you that inspired me to recreate this dish when I'm in Melbourne too! Ohhh… The little things that you miss about home haha =)


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