Saturday, September 29, 2012

Easy (failproof) Cling Film Poached Eggs (MasterChef)

My first post of the month was on how to cook the perfect poached egg, using the whirlpool method. I got many emails from readers and also blogger friends, who successfully made poached eggs for the first time after reading the post. I feel absolutely delighted for them! (Thank you so much for trying!)

For those who are unsuccessful, worry not! Here is a much easier cheat  method of preparing poached eggs. I have always wanted to try this method, so this is the perfect time to give it a go!


Cling film/wrap (perfect) poached eggs


No more worrying about getting super fresh eggs, no need for vinegar in the water and no need to swirl the water. All you need is some cling film, oil and some water... and eggs, of course! I made it twice this week and it worked both times! Visually, it is not as nice as the whirlpool egg since the egg white does not fully enclose (but I think a lot of it depends on luck as well i.e. when you break the eggs onto the cling film and how the egg falls) and some of the yolk would be peeking out. However tastewise, this is really good esp for those sensitive to the vinegary taste of the whirlpool method. And you can cook 4 eggs at a go (or more as long as you don't overcrowd the saucepan) so everyone can have their breakfast at the same time ;)

1st Try - Perfect


2nd Try - Another perfect one!



This is indeed the easiest way of making poached eggs... do give it a go and let me know how it turns out. I would also like to say "'thank you" to all who have joined us in Cook Like a MasterChef this month. I certainly had loads of fun co-hosting this with Zoe and Anuja, as well as cooking/baking for my family.


Foolproof eggs- Satisfaction guaranteed ;)



The cling film (perfect) poached egg
Adapted from Not Quite Nigella (taken off MasterChef Australia Cookbook V1)

You need:
An egg
Water
Slotted spoon
Saucepan
Cling film
Olive oil for greasing (you can use any cooking oil, even truffle oil)
Ramekin (or small bowl)


1. Fill a small saucepan half-full with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, lower to medium heat.

2. Meanwhile, tear some cling film (it should be at least double the width of the ramekin). 

3. Pour 2 drops of olive oil onto the cling film and spread evenly, using your fingers or a brush. It is important to oil your cling wrap, or the egg will stick to it and makes it hard to remove once the egg is cooked.



4. Place the sheet of clingfilm in a ramekin oil side up and break the egg into the cling wrap. Gather up the edges of the cling wrap and twisting it, making sure that you have the egg enclosed well (or use a rubberband to secure it) and carefully place it in the simmering water.






5. For eggs at room temperature, cook for 2-3 minutes until the egg whites have set. Lift the egg out of the water using a slotted spoon and cut away the wrap. Using the slotted spoon, lift the egg off the cling film and place on a serving plate. Using this method, you can cook several eggs at one time as long it does not crowd the saucepan. Serve immediately (I like mine simply with salt, pepper and a drop of truffle oil)



Pierce it, and watch the egg yolk run... gorgeous!



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I am submitting this to the "Cook Like a MasterChef" bloghop which I am co-hosting with Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Anuja of Simple Baking. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe (from the contestants, judges or even sponsors) from any MasterChef websites or cookbooks (any countries) and blog hop with us for the whole month of September 2012.

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Happy cooking! Do check out the other bloggers recipe below:



Have a good weekend!

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here. 

39 comments:

  1. I just found you through Yumlist. All these photos at the bottom look fantastic. I am going to have to bookmark you and work my way through everything.

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    1. Hi Michele, thanks so much for dropping by! Hope that you will find my site useful. :D

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  2. you're so creative!! Definately marking this down Yen.. my little one would love this......

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    1. Jennifer, not creative lah, just sharing knowledge with you all. Will be happy if everyone can cook perfect poached eggs too :D

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  3. Hayırlı sabahlar, ellerinize sağlık. Çok iştah açıcı görünüyor. İyi hafta sonları.

    Saygılar..

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    1. Hi Fuat, thanks for dropping by and becoming one of my blog's followers. ;)

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    1. Hahah runny egg yolks seem to get a lot of ppl excited! :D

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  5. poached perfection! love your clear, precise instructions. someday i must try making some of your recipes :D

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    1. Hehehe I think I would be very happy if you attempted one of my recipes some day!

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  6. YAY! I'm so glad that you gave these a try-as you say, they're foolproof which I love. Thanks so much for the shoutout! :D

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    1. You're welcome Lorraine, thanks so much for the step-by-step instructions.

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  7. I'd like to try that....but...ummm...cling film's safe to boil?

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    1. I use Diamond cling film which has temp range up to 110C. It is microwave safe. Water used for this poaching is not above 100C hence it would be safe to use.

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  8. Looks perfectly poached... Thanks for this method

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    1. Very very nice! Love this as breakfast (and supper!).

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  10. A perfect method for a perfectly poached egg!! loved it.

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    1. Thanks Amrita, you can try this method for your husband agan ;D am sure he will appreciate it.

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  11. I can ask Mr Mah to try this method, seems easy, hehe. :)

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    1. Sure sure... next I teach you how to make hollandaise sauce, then u can have eggs benedict at home :D

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    1. Thanks Sonia! It's hard to get this one wrong.

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  13. if i still cant get it perfect with this method, i dunno what to say already cos this one should be foolproof! LOL
    thks for sharing, will give it a try - again! :P

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    1. Alice, I know how much you love poached eggs, that's why I tried this method so u can try it too. Hope u get this one perfect! All the best :D

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  14. Hehehe. That was how I learnt to make perfect poached eggs!

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    1. It is definitely the easiest method!

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  15. Wow, this is a great method! I would like to try this.... easier than the other method..

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    1. Yeah, definitely. The problem is we cannot get super fresh eggs, or else any method would be a breeze.

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  16. Hi Yen,

    I must say you have really inspired a lot of bloggers and readers with your first poached egg post. Besides the banana ice cream, poached eggs is the next popular item to cook in this event :D

    You are so clever in your cooking and so nice of you to show us another great poached egg technique :D

    Zoe

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    1. Thanks Zoe. Am glad that I am able to share this poached egg method with everyone.

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    1. Thanks, I believe many restaurants in KL also use this method.

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  18. this is so brilliant!! :O Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No probs Joey! Hope u get to make many many great poached egg breakfasts in your new kitchen!

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