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Soft Boiled Eggs: A Malaysian Breakfast Staple

Walk into any kopitiam in Malaysia for breakfast, and chances are you’ll see at least one table with a plate of soft-boiled eggs, kaya and butter with toast, and a ceramic cup of teh tarik/kopi o. It’s such a ubiquitous thing for Malaysians that some might not even think of it as special (when foreigners ask what we eat for breakfast, most would probably say “nasi lemak”).

It wasn’t until I brought Hubs to a kopitiam in Melaka and he berated me for not introducing it to him sooner that I realised that this combo is actually quite a unique one.

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Homemade soft boiled eggs with garlic toast

But how did Malaysians start eating soft boiled eggs with toast for breakfast? Well, you might be surprised to find out that it’s a remnant from Malaysia’s colonial days.

Dating back to the 1800s, Eggs and Soldiers is a classic British breakfast dish, featuring – you guessed it – boiled eggs (with shell intact but the top removed) and thin strips of toast. The shape of the bread makes it easy to dip them into the runny eggs. Somehow, this dish must have been brought over to Malaya during the British occupation, but locals tweaked it by adding condiments like soy sauce and pepper. Instead of cutting the bread into strips, locals paired them with butter and kaya (coconut jam), creating a wonderful marriage of sweet and salty flavours.

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There’s an art to making soft boiled eggs, and kopitiams seem to have perfected them. While they’re easy enough to make at home, it’s difficult to get the exact same taste as the ones you find in restos.

Sometimes, when I’m not able to head to my local kopitiam, I make my own. The trick is to use medium-sized eggs and not cook them straight out of the fridge. Instead, run them under water until they’re close to room temperature, then bring a pot to boil. Place the eggs in a container (I use a stainless steel one for soups), pour the boiling water until it they’re completely submerged, then set the timer to six minutes. I find six minutes works best based on the eggs I usually buy, so when I crack them open the eggs are perfect : creamy yolk, runny whites.Then add soy sauce and pepper to your liking, and voila! Give me this over a fancy breakfast buffet any day.

What are some of your favourite breakfast dishes? Share them with me in the comments below!

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Shortcut Kaya

SO mum and I tinkered about the kitchen and made kaya. 

What is Kaya?It’s notoriously underrated, especially outside of Malaysia. Forget marmalade spread, apricot jam, strawberry and all that sht: Kaya and butter on toast is all you need. It’s basically coconut egg jam, sometimes flavoured with pandan, cooked to a thick, goopy paste.

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Looks like a hot mess but tastes heavenly!

 

Traditionally, homemade kaya requires long hours of cooking and tedious work, coz you have to keep stirring to make it thicken. These days, you can even make it in half an hour. We looked up some recipes online and did some tweaks:

Ingredients:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 30 g sugar (we put in less coz already using palm sugar which is sweet)
  • 50g palm sugar
  • 1 bowl coconut milk
  • 1 pandan leaf, tied into knot

Method: 

Put egg yolks into bowl. Whisk and set aside.

Pour coconut milk, sugar and palm sugar into a pan. Cook til everything is melted.

Slowly pour in egg mix. Take care to add slowly so that the egg doesn’t cook.

Set to medium heat, throw in pandan leaf, then stir. Now it’s just a waiting game for the mixture to thicken. Once it looks consistently goopy with lumps, the kaya is ready! 🙂 Simple, huh?

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Turned out pretty good, I was surprised myself. 😛

 

Miss Paris Coffee and Toast, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

Tired of always hanging out at A&W for supper, S and I went for a drive around Bandar Puteri Puchong to check out the cafes there. Most of them were packed to the brim on a Saturday night. We dropped into Miss Paris Coffee and Toast at the PFCC building.

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Cosy place – typical hipster hangout with clean, minimalist designs. The place wasn’t full-house, but I think they were severely understaffed as there were only two waiters (who had to run in and out from the counter to prepare dishes, man the cashier, take orders and serve customers). They forgot to punch in our orders, which came after only 40+ minutes. Good thing we were just chillin’

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Maybe coz it was late, but many of the items on the menu had run out. They didn’t have green tea, so I went for soy milk with chocolate(RM11). It tasted…’healthy’ ie no sugar, plus it had that powdery protein shake flavour to it. Wasn’t expecting that so I won’t order again next time. S loved his coconut shake though, which was perfect for a hot day (It’s 38 degrees!)

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Wanted smoked duck mini toast, but they ran out of that too so got mushroom soup (RM9), which was surprisingly good. It was creamy and rich without being overpowering and had generous chunks of mushroom – perfect for dipping with the toasted garlic bread. A great light meal if you’re not up for heavy mains. Miss Paris is famous for their thick toast (duh!) which usually comes served with ice cream, fruits and other sweet toppings. Maybe for next time?

MISS PARIS COFFEE AND TOAST 

Tower 4&5, Puchong Financial Corporate Center (Pfcc), 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
Hours: Mon-Thu:9:00 am – 12:00 am
Fri-Sun:9:00 am – 1:00 am