Salted duck eggs are duck eggs that have been preserved in a salt brine and then coated in a salted charcoal gritty mix for storage and for additional curing.
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How to Use It
Salted duck eggs are most commonly used in Asian cuisines and have a very wide range of usages in both sweet and savory dishes.
Salted duck egg yolks are rich, buttery, and salty with hints of umami ness. It is usually the most popular part of the egg. The salted egg whites are a lot saltier than the egg yolks and taste slightly eggy.
If you boil it, the texture of the whites is slightly less rubbery, spongy, and airier than a boiled chicken egg. The yolks are creamy and can be slightly grainy as well (in a good way).
In its raw form, the egg white is watery and doesn't have the same slimy viscosity as an average chicken egg. The egg yolk is almost always solid and somewhat gelatinous.
Salted duck eggs are not usually used directly as a protein, as you do with a normal chicken egg (mixed in salads, baking, etc). It is VERY salty, and it is most commonly used as a condiment to enhance the flavors of dishes.
A simple way and common way to use it would be to boil it as is, and eat it with a plain bowl of rice congee or plain white rice.
A few other ways they are used in savory and sweet dishes are:
- The egg yolks can be stuffed into sticky rice or moon cakes
- Stir-fried with meats and veggies
- It can be cooked with congee to give it some extra saltiness.
- Made into a creamy sauce for crispy foods or stir-fries
- Mixed into a sweet filling and stuffed into a dessert pastry, bun, or dumplings.
- ...the ideas are endless as long as you are adventurous! 🙂
The Salted Charcoal Coating Must Be Removed Before Using
If you buy the salted duck eggs with the coating of salted charcoal, you must wash it off and rinse it very well before using it.
I have not found a good substitute for salted duck eggs. There is something about the richness and flavor in the salted egg yolk that cannot be replicated with any other ingredient - not that I found anyways 🙂
Where to Buy Salted Duck Eggs
Salted duck eggs are most commonly found in Asian grocery stores.
I highly recommend buying it locally if you can since they are a bit fragile and can arrive damaged if you purchase them online.
They are packaged in a variety of ways:
- They sometimes can be packaged in a hard plastic box in a set number (4s, 6s, 8s etc). Salted duck eggs packaged in hard plastic boxes sometimes are still coated in the salted charcoal coating but can also be found pre-washed without the salted charcoal coating as well. You can usually find these in between the aisles, stored in room temperature.
- They can also be found in loose form in a giant pile in a box. I usually find these closer to the open areas of the Asian supermarket - by the produce or close to the produce section. This is convenient if you only want to purchase a few eggs and not a big box of it. I personally like to buy it this way because I get to pick and choose my salted duck egg individually by shaking them one by one to find the big jiggly egg yolks. A neat trick my dad used to teach me was to gently shake each egg to see if you can clearly feel a solid yolk knocking around in there to make sure there is a solid hunk of yummy egg yolk. 🙂 I have come across watery egg yolks that have melted into the egg whites, the shaking test prevents you from getting those duds.
- They can also be bought pre-boiled/cooked. I honestly do not know why you would buy those since you don't really know how long ago they have been boiled and how long they have been sitting in the shelf that way. I highly recommend buying the raw ones only. Raw salted duck eggs are a lot more versatile as well.
How to Store It
I have never seen an expiry date for salted duck eggs but they are heavily salted so they should last a for a while. It does still have a shelf life.
Shake the egg before cracking it open, if you feel a solid yolk rattling around then chances are it's still good but always crack the egg into a separate dish to check in case it has gone bad.
A bad salted egg will smell bad, and you will know it. I like to keep mine in the fridge when I bring them home from the store.
Recipes that Use Salted Duck Eggs
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Sometimes I like to boil an salted egg as part of my meal. Cut into 1/2 to eat with e=rice and other foods too. The egg yolk is tasty and intense. Very good.👍
Joyce Lee says
Interesting idea! Thanks for sharing!
heather (delicious not gorgeous) says
i love these! they are pretty intense, but the flavor just reminds me of jook and home and comfort (:
You must read my mind. Couple days ago at HK grocery store in rainy days, I told my wife "Hey mother, let makes some white fish porridge with salted duck eggs". Remind me the long past days my mom made the porridge when it was raining outside.
Yeah, we still go to store together.
haha that's so funny! It is definitely very comforting to me as well. It reminds of the days I used to eat it with plain rice with mom and dad when I lived at home. I think it's very nice you go to the store together! I wished someone would go with me sometimes! heehee! 🙂