This past Sunday, video game designer Innes McKendrick, a Scotsman living in Guildford, Surrey and tweeting under the handle @innesmck, took to Twitter to go on an expletive-laden, mildly furious rant. The reason? He’d just been alerted to the fact that a good number of Americans don’t use egg cups, those concave tchotchkes that keep soft-boiled eggs upright as you eat them.
I'VE JUST BEEN INFORMED AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE EGG CUPS AND I AM SO ANGRY RN
Well, let’s set aside the fact that it’s silly to impose a one-size-fits-all, sweeping characterization of a country and its cooking habits. There are a number of people on our team over at Food52, based in the States, who use egg cups with regularity and leisure.
McKendrick, when confronting the apparent truth that these trinkets aren't commonly found in American kitchens, began to wonder: How do the unruly yolks of soft-boiled eggs stay stabilized? Why allow eggs to roam around with reckless abandon atop flat plates? The solution, to McKendrick's mind, is clear. Use an egg cup. His instructions for their best use:
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.