How to cook the perfect soft boiled egg

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Asian Family Recipes: Perfect Soft Boiled Egg

Today cooking tips and tricks is brought to you by our friend, William Thie. I first saw the picture of his perfect soft boiled egg on Facebook and shamelessly asked for the secret. Thankfully, he generously shared the recipe, which came from 2 months of experiment.

The process:

The result:

Usually, I adjust any recipe to my liking but this time I didn't change anything. The only thing I didn't follow was to completely de-shelled the eggs . I just cracked open one part and scoop the inside with a small spoon because that's how my mom and dad eat it. :)

Please bear with the lengthy procedure. I guess that's how an engineer wrote a recipe. It works though. :)

Perfect Soft Boiled Egg courtesy William Thie
  1. Use good stainless steel sauce pan (heavy). Recommend Cuisinart. But dutch oven will also work. These pans have even heat distribution due to its massive heat capacity.
  2. Put your eggs, cover with water (completely immersed).
  3. Put 1 tablespoon of salt, dissolve --> this will increase the boiling point so it will cook the albumin (egg white) faster, leaving the yolk still slightly under-cooked.
  4. Put on high heat. Wait till you see the water starts boiling --> start your timer. when water starts bubbling, that is when Time = 00:00
  5. At time = 04:00 (4 minutes!), turn off the heat.
  6. Pour the hot water into the sink, replace with cold water from sink to stop the cooking. If necessary, put some ice cubes. The final water temperature should be lukewarm or room temperature. This should stop the egg from cooking further.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the pan (with water and eggs in it). Stir and dissolve.
  8. Gently crack open the eggs on the ends of the oval. (Gently!! the eggs are still very soft!), leave them submerged in the soda water for about 5 min.
  9. Take each egg and gently peel the shells, should be easy after the baking soda treatment. Rinse off the baking soda with water.
  10. Eat with salt and pepper