How To Make The ‘Perfect’ Half Boiled Egg

By Friday, April 18, 2014 2 , , Permalink 0

When I was growing up in Malaysia, my mom would make us half boiled egg for breakfast using the ‘yellow’ plastic container. How many of you know what I am talking about – the ‘yellow’ container with a top and bottom compartments?? Even with it, I didn’t always get the ‘perfect’ half boiled egg.

When I moved to the States, I never knew how to make half boiled egg without that ‘yellow’ plastic container. Then, my brother-in-law told me the trick to make the half boiled egg without it.  You don’t need any special tools or kitchen gadget to make the ‘perfect’ half boiled egg. All you need is a small pot, water for boiling, eggs and a spoon.

Perfect half boiled egg

  • Fill the pot with water enough to cover your eggs.
  • Boil the water.
  • Remove lid and turn off the heat.
  • With a spoon, gently transfer the eggs, one at a time, into the boiling water.
  • Slowly roll the egg out from the spoon to the bottom of the pot.
  • Let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes (+/- 1 or 2 minutes depending on the size of your eggs)
  • Remove the egg with a spoon.
  • If needed, run it under tap water to cool it down slightly so you can hold with your hand.
  • Using your hand, crack the egg into a bowl.
  • Serve with a little soy sauce and a dash of white pepper.

You may have to adjust the time you let the egg sits in the water. It depends on the size of the eggs, the number of eggs you have in the pot, if your eggs are room temperature or from the fridge and also the temperature of the room. Even if you leave it longer, the yolk hardly will turn too hard.

Now you can also make ‘perfect’ half boiled egg like a pro. Try it!

  • Nick Chan
    June 4, 2014

    So 10 minutes is the key time! It’s always very easy in Malaysia with the yellow thing when all the water drips away, but it’s hard to do the estimation here in UK without the thing. Thanks!!!! Gonna try this tomorrow. =)

    • Anna Kee
      June 5, 2014

      I know, I was so dependent on that yellow container that when I first moved to US, I didn’t know how to make half-boiled egg. For the longest time, I had wanted to buy the yellow thing to bring over but it is such waste of space, until I learned this method. Yup, +/- 10 minutes. Remember to remove the lid. Good luck!

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