Celebrity chow: How local stars like their eggs

Plus eggs-pert tips on how best to cook the humble ingredient

Celebrity chow: How local stars like their eggs
Celebrity chow: How local stars like their eggs
17 Apr 2019

Celebrity chow: How local stars like their eggs

Easter is just around the corner, but instead of sending our local celebs on an Easter egg hunt, we decided to be eggs-tra and find out how they like their eggs, plus eggs-pert tips on how to serve up the humble ingredient. Just don’t go overboard with the boiled egg whites though - according to Chen Hanwei, eating whites on their own, sans condiments, can result in flatulence and give you rotten farts!

Vivian Lai
Vivian Lai
17 Apr 2019

Vivian Lai

​​​​​​​Favourite way to eat eggs: Sunny-side up with maple syrup

“I like sunny-side up eggs because they are very easy to make. The ideal sunny-side up would be a little brown, have a runny yolk, crispy edges, and some bubbles. And I like to eat it with maple syrup so it is a bit sweet and salty. I discovered this unique combination when I ordered waffles at a restaurant in Taiwan. Instead of adding maple syrup to the waffle, I drizzled it over the egg and the taste was fantastic. Sometimes I eat it like this when I am at cafes but I get weird looks when I request for maple syrup.

The secret to cooking a good sunny-side up is adding a pinch of salt to the oil before cracking the egg. This prevents the egg from spreading out and taking on an ugly shape, and also the oil won’t splatter. You must have more oil or the edges won’t be crisp.”

Jayley Woo
Jayley Woo
17 Apr 2019

Jayley Woo

Favourite way to eat eggs: Steamed

“My mum makes the best steamed eggs, I can have it three times a week. It is so smooth that you cannot tell that it is egg. I don’t know how she gets rid of all the air bubbles so it is smooth like tofu and wobbles like jelly. It is tasty enough so I won’t add anything to it, unless I feel like some vinegar. I am a connoisseur when it comes to mixing stuff – I know it’s weird but my taste buds are fine with it.”

Photo: Jayley Woo

Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay
17 Apr 2019

Zoe Tay

Favourite way to eat eggs: Hard-boiled, in the form of tea leaf eggs

“Actually I don’t like eggs because my family used to own a chicken farm and when I was young, I had to clean the coop and pack eggs all the time. I found the smell of raw eggs disgusting... it has this fishy smell and I used to vomit when I saw people eating raw or half-cooked eggs. And now my whole family, all four of them, love half-boiled eggs! It freaks me out. But I have since overcome this phobia.

I can only eat eggs that are completely cooked. I like tea leaf eggs because of the aroma and can make very good ones - Huang Biren has tried them and says it’s the best tea leaf eggs she’s ever had. A veteran artiste taught me how to make it so now I go to the Chinese medical hall to get the herbs and make the eggs myself. I add pu’er tea leaves and fine-tune the taste myself. I will steep it for a few days so it is infused with the flavour. I even bought a huge pot so I can make 50 eggs at a go.”

Photo: Instagram/@zoetay10

Kayly Loh
Kayly Loh
17 Apr 2019

Kayly Loh

Favourite way to eat eggs: Soft-boiled

“I eat soft-boiled eggs for breakfast every day and onsen eggs are my absolute favourite. I make onsen eggs at home with a sous vide machine so there is no chance of failing!

A good onsen egg has to wobble, so I will shake it and take a Boomerang. I love to eat it with a Japanese rice bowl. I will poke the egg yolk first so that it runs but I won’t mix it in with the rest of the ingredients because I still want to taste the egg yolk. I think Fat Cow serves the best onsen eggs and is my go-to place for gyudon, but I don’t go often because it is very expensive. A bowl of gyudon costs $98!”

Photos: Instagram/@kaylywayly, Fat Cow

Jeffrey Xu
Jeffrey Xu
17 Apr 2019

Jeffrey Xu

​​​​​​​Favourite way to eat eggs: Stir-fried with tomatoes

“I like stir-fried eggs with tomato, which is a Shanghainese dish. The Shanghainese-style fried tomato eggs dish is slightly different from that of other places as it uses more sugar and we also add ketchup, so it is more watery. It is tasty on its own and I can just have it with just rice.

I have tried the ones in Singapore but they aren’t as good as my mum’s. I think it’s because she puts her heart into cooking it. Hers is just done right, not too loose or lumpy.”

Rebecca Lim
Rebecca Lim
17 Apr 2019

Rebecca Lim

Favourite way to eat eggs: Sunny-side up

“I like my eggs deep-fried sunny-side up style and crispy on the sides. The yolk has to be runny so I can dip my bread and pair the egg whites with my sausages and ham. I also like it with rice and soya sauce – I can eat that for an entire week.

My dad has this special style of cooking it where he would fry it, and when the edges start to get crispy he would cover the pan so it steams the yolk at the same time. It’s his signature. I’ve learnt it, so I can do it exactly the way he does it. I am someone who failed Home Economics and that’s the only thing that I can really cook very well.”

Photo: Instagram/@limrebecca

Jeremy Chan
Jeremy Chan
17 Apr 2019

Jeremy Chan

Favourite way to eat eggs: Hard-boiled

“When I am dieting, I will have hard-boiled eggs because it is easier to separate the yolk from the white. I usually eat six to eight eggs at one go, with chicken breast and salad, so it is not possible to eat all the yolk. I have been eating this almost every day because I need to take off my top for a drama that I am filming and need to lose weight.”

Photo: TPGOpen

Bonnie Loo
Bonnie Loo
17 Apr 2019

Bonnie Loo

​​​​​​​Favourite way to eat eggs: Fried over well

“I like eggs that are fried over well. I will cook it with butter so it is more fragrant and slightly charred at the edges, then will flip the egg over to fry the yolk because I don’t like it runny. When I order fried eggs outside, I will ask them to cook it fully for me. If it is not completely cooked, I will remove the yolk.

I like a full English breakfast so I will eat it with sausages, bacon, and bread, or I will just have it with soya sauce on its own. I will have it at least once a week.”

Cynthia Koh
Cynthia Koh
17 Apr 2019

Cynthia Koh

Favourite way to eat eggs: Scrambled – whites only

“I have my eggs mostly with salads or wholesome grain bowls. When I have The Daily Cut, I will pick their egg whites, which are scrambled and not oily. I find eggs are very fragrant and they have the ability to elevate every dish they are paired with.”

Photo: Cynthia Koh

Priscelia Chan
Priscelia Chan
17 Apr 2019

Priscelia Chan

Favourite way to eat eggs: Omelette with enoki mushrooms

“I like enoki mushroom omelette because I have done some research and I know the combination is very good for health. After I developed a skin condition, I got more conscious about what I ate and I found that there are ‘food marriages’ where the vitamins and minerals [of those two ingredients] match very well, so I just gave it a shot. It is not very pretty, but it tastes good and is very healthy.”

Photo: Priscelia Chan

Chen Hanwei
Chen Hanwei
17 Apr 2019

Chen Hanwei

Favourite way to eat eggs: Soft-boiled with ramen

“I don’t like eggs that are too raw or cooked, so onsen eggs are perfect. I really like the texture and they taste so good with the marinade. I enjoy them with ramen - the one at Ippudo is very good – and I always have two eggs with my noodles. I like them whole and I can’t bear to eat them so I always save the best for last.”

Photo: Instagram/@brainylynn

Lee Teng
Lee Teng
17 Apr 2019

Lee Teng

​​​​​​​Favourite way to eat eggs: Scrambled or fried with bread, French toast-style

“I like the texture of scrambled eggs and can eat it with milk for breakfast three to four times a week. Unfortunately, it tastes different every time I cook it. Adding milk and butter will make it fluffier and taste better, but I don’t do that because I am on a diet.

I also like French toast so I will dip bread in eggs before frying it and then top it with icing sugar or honey. Initially I was just practising cooking it for TV cooking competition What’s In My Fridge but I got hooked and started making it regularly. I tried to recreate a dish that I tried at Wild Honey, which consists of fresh mango sandwiched between two slices of French toast, but I failed miserably. It was too difficult.”

Pierre Png
Pierre Png
17 Apr 2019

Pierre Png

​​​​​​​Favourite way to eat eggs: Poached

“I like eggs benedict a lot because you get the best of both worlds – it is solid yet a bit liquid-y. I like my eggs runny, even with prata. When I order, I tell them 'goyang' so they make it a bit soft.

I have not tried cooking poached eggs, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. I can use the Thermomix! (Laughs)"

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