Eggs, eggs, and more eggs are still popping up across restaurant menu’s around the globe from fine dining establishments to burger joints. The lid has officially been removed from the stigma that was once surrounding the health benefits of eating egg yolks. We’ve all seen our coworkers pop out that hard-boiled chicken egg mid-afternoon as a snack to energize them before they work out after work. In the Chinese culture, salted duck eggs are a main-stay in the weekly diet. The health benefits of the duck egg far outweigh the benefits of the chicken egg, and are maybe more accessible to your weekly routine than you think! Now here’s the warning, this is not for the faint of heart. This is definitely NOT for the vegan, vegetarian, pregnant woman, or those that just can’t quite stomach how close you can become to the real deal.
The Salted Duck Egg can be served as a snack substituting the chicken egg or can also be served as an accompaniment with your meal. The salt is very prevalent so if you aren’t into salty snacks, this is not going to be it for you. We need salt in our diet as it provides our body with the necessary nutrients to control blood pressure and volume, as well as for our nerves and muscles to work properly. Our bodies cannot naturally produce salt like other things so we need to ingest it daily. What I’m trying to say is – don’t discount them based on the name.
In Chinese culture, salted duck eggs are used for a variety of different purposes including congee, or mooncakes. In American culture, they could be used as a standalone snack, atop meats, cheeses, rice dishes, to liven up stir fries, or as simple as eating the coveted yolk and using the egg whites in salads, etcetera.
You can make your own at home, or you can pick them up at your local Asian market for under $4 for 6 eggs already brined and cooked. They can be handy for us South Floridian’s during hurricane season as you do not need to store them in your fridge. They can last up to a year. Good news – No more dieting on can foods after your power goes out for a week, peeps!
Good For: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Snack, Accompaniment to main dishes
Available: Asian Markets, Online