yolky goodness

When it comes to eggs there can be two kinds of people, those who insist on on only ever a hard boiled yolk and those who prefer to ride the rainbow of runny to not to runny.

I see the role of the hard boiled egg mainly relegated to sandwiches and salads- everything else is fair game for some runny yolky goodness.

So this brings me to the 5:10 egg- such a revelation! I’d had this recipe lurking in my bookshelves for years and years but it wasn’t until just before the last new year that I had discovered it.  We had friends over for New Years dinner and I had earmarked a delicious recipe from David Changs book Momofuku (lucky peach).  The recipe sounded (and once cooked) tasted sublime.  Soft runny egg served with a herb salad, home made potato crisps, caviar (or any form of fish egg)  and a slow cooked onion soubise (very very very slow cooked onions in butter).  Sooooo good.

Back to the egg- it’s called a 5:10 egg and that’s because it’s cooked for… well you guessed it 5 minutes and 10 seconds- and it’s super simple…

1.  Bring eggs to room temputerature

2.  Bring water to a gentle boil

3.  Gently drop eggs into the boiling water

4.  Set timer for 5 minutes and 10 seconds

5.  Whilst eggs are cooking set up a bowl suitable for the number of eggs that you have and fill with cold water and ice cubes

6.  The moment the timer dings and says it’s go time pop the eggs into the ice water

7.  Wait for the eggs to cool – crack on a hard surface and peel and peel in the water (or out if that’s what you prefer- having it in the water makes it a little easier)

From this point you can leave the eggs in the fridge until you want to use them (can probably sit for a day or 2 max).  Then when ready to use just pop in some warm water either on or off the stove and gently warm them through and serve.

Now… here’s the most glorious bit- cut into the egg and feel free to video in slow motion- it’s the most breathtaking sight- soft soft egg whites and the most delightful runny yolk….


I’ve made these several times- over salads, by themselves or one of the best yet over instant ramen noodles (the yolk just combines with the noodles in a way that it’s like a second sauce).

I will make the dish with the herbs, crisps and onions again because it was really good- but these eggs…. seriously the best- and even better they are something you can prepare in advance- I prepped some last night and rewarmed this morning to serve with latkes and gravlax.

Try it- it’s a keeper- trust me…

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