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Soft-boiled Eggs (Half-boiled Eggs)

Half Boiled Eggs Recipe

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The Singapore-style breakfast of kaya toast will not be complete without soft-boiled eggs with runny yolk as a side, and usually served with a dash of white pepper and dark soy sauce. When I was a kid, my family owned this really nifty gadget specifically for making soft-boiled eggs. You simply place the eggs inside the gadget, and pour boiling water up to a certain line. There are mini holes at the base of the container which drips slowly down to a container, and then when it drips to a certain depth, perfectly soft-boiled eggs are ready. I’ve never seen this gadget since then but the same concept can easily be applied using whatever you have in the kitchen. And yes, you do not need to make these eggs on the stove top.

Half Boiled Eggs Recipe

Eggs submerged in boiling water

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22 Responses to “Soft-boiled Eggs (Half-boiled Eggs)”

  1. jo — November 1, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Typical Singapore breakfast. I love my eggs really half boiled, soft runny egg yolks. My late hubs would have his 3/4 boiled with the egg yolk harder. So whenever we have kaya egg toast set for breakfast, we would break the eggs and then compare which was more cooked and then swop accordingly.

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  2. diva — November 1, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    YUM! this is definitely a Singaporean breakfast. parents used to make this every morning for us before school. And then we started getting real sick of it but oh, with a bit of bread. It’s awesome with runny yolk x

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  3. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — November 2, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    I usually like my eggs more well-done but I am SO intrigued what this tastes like, especially with the kaya toast. Sounds yummy.

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  4. Christina — February 14, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    I know exactly what gadget you mean! My Mum used to make soft-boiled eggs using one of those when I was growing up in Penang. I’m sure she still has it at home. I haven’t had soft-boiled eggs for over half a year cos I can’t find those gadgets where I live now. So thank you so much for your recipe, I just tried it and nailed it the first time! The eggs were done just the way I like them <3 I too used my rice cooker pot, but it's just the normal one, not microwave :) Worked like a charm. I'll surely be making soft-boiled eggs more often now that I know an alternative method :D

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  5. Naima — March 4, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Came across a video on youtube about singaporean style soft boiled eggs and somehow find myself here. Just tried this and it worked perfectly! Delicious!
    Worked out better than trying to make Japanese Onsen eggs which seem much more complicated and takes longer. This was so simple
    Definitely will be having this more often.
    Thanks so much for this!!!

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  6. Yvette — August 18, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Do you still submerge the eggs for 5 minutes irregardless of its size ?

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  7. Melakan_Ramon — March 13, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    Hello…this is not singaporean dish but Malaysian, Just fyi….98% of Singaporean food is from Malaysia, except for Chilli Crabs, Singapore bihoon and that bah kut teh with white soup :)

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    • Rick replied: — April 22nd, 2017 @ 11:39 am

      funny how Indonesian would think the same like you did too to Malaysian. some of us think that many Malaysia’s dishes are Indonesia’s dishes or taking roots from Indonesia’s dishes.

      imho, I think that mostly dishes in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia (also some part of Thailand) are typically the same and influenced by each other. this kind of breakfast (hot kopi/teh, srikaya/kaya toast, and half-boiled-eggs/telur setengah matang) also commonly found in Indonesia esp. in Sumatera.
      other dishes like nasi lemak (known as nasi uduk/nasi gemuk in here), rendang, nasi goreng, ayam goreng berempah, and many more.

      so, to place a claim that a country’s dish is actually other country’s dish is kinda weird for me. just my 2 cents tho, no offense to you at all. :)

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