10 Ways to Play with Salted Eggs

Salted egg, this versatile ingredient, still has more to offer.

IMAGE Aldwin Aspillera

What is it about salted eggs that make it so addicting? Is it the unique taste and texture, a mellow mixture of saltiness and umami? The humble salted egg has gone way beyond its shell, gracing a variety of irresistible dishes. Just when you think you've had enough, there's even more. Here are some ways you have yet to try:

 

1 Wow, kinilaw!

This Pinoy dish champions fresh flavors and it can only get better with the addition of salted eggs. Combine sliced fresh tanigue with vinegar, calamansi juice, sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss in chopped salted eggs, chopped red onions, ginger strips, and chopped chilies. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

 

 

2 Take five

Wow your guests by whipping up a baked shrimp dish with just five ingredients. Clean, devein, and butterfly shrimp. Arrange on a baking dish. Spread mango jam on each shrimp. Top with grated quick-melting cheese and chopped salted eggs. Season with pepper. Bake until shrimp turns pink and cheese is melted.

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3 Cream of the crop

The secret to extra creamy pasta? Salted eggs, of course! Sauté garlic in olive oil. Add your choice of meat (bacon, tinapa, or squid rings works well) and cook. Add cream and mashed salted eggs. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer. Toss in cooked noodles, chopped salted eggs, and chili flakes.

 

 

4 Flan ahead

Give a salty contrast to any dish-savory or sweet-with the help of salted eggs. Next time you make leche flan, lay salted egg slices on the pan before pouring in the flan mixture.

 

 

5 Fried and golden

Coat French fries in a delicious salted egg yolk sauce! Sauté minced garlic in butter and add mashed salted egg yolks. Toss in potato strips to coat. Arrange on a baking sheet and bake until crisp. Serve immediately.

 

 

6 Bun appétit

Everyone knows adobo is best with a side of salted eggs, but why not change things up next time? Make a cuapao sandwich! Shred adobo into flakes and deep-fry; set aside. Fry cuapao buns until golden. Fill buns with Sriracha-mayo, cucumber slices, crispy adobo flakes, tomatoes, and salted egg slices.

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7 Rice to the top

What something hearty to wash the day's worries away? Make a loaded aligue and salted egg rice bowl. Saute crab fat in oil. Add chopped salted eggs, vegetables, and mushrooms. Add day-old rice and mix until well coated. Season with calamansi juice, salt, and pepper. Top with more salted egg and mushrooms, grated green mangoes, and nori strips.

 

 

8 Pinoy pizza

Want to introduce Filipino flavors to kids? Start with something they love (like pizza!) and top it with salted egg slices, longganisa, and tinapa. Head to Yummy.ph for the complete recipe.

 

 

9 Weekday wonder

Everyday meals don't have to be boring-especially with salted eggs around. Elevate ginisang ampalaya: Sauté chopped salted eggs with garlic, tomatoes, onions, and sliced ampalaya. Add beaten eggs and mix until cooked. It's best with steaming white rice!

 

 

10 Salted sensation

Think salted caramel couldn't get any better? Think again. You'll love salted egg caramel drizzled over turon, bibingka, or even fresh fruits. Chop or mash salted egg and combine with cream. Whisk this into the sugar-water mixture as soon as it turns deep amber.

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Article was published in the May 2015 issue of Yummy magazine. Minor edits were made by Yummy.ph editors

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