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Author Notes: I like quail eggs. They taste better since they have a bigger yolk to white ratio. But that’s not the top reason. You do see the various speckled patterns on the egg shell right? I’m a bit drawn to that. Be creative and create your own nest :) Recipe adapted from 虎皮鹌鹑蛋 (http://www.xiachufang.com/recipe/248938/) without the deep-frying and wood ear mushroom. —Jing Zhang
Serves 2 to 4
- 16 quail eggs
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped
- 1 bunch leafy green vegetables to make the nest
- 2 gloves of garlic, chopped and same amount of ginger, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili bean sauce
- 0.5 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 0.5 teaspoons cooking oil
- 1 green onion, chopped
- Boil the eggs. It’s done in the same way we boil chicken eggs. My way? Cover them in cold water and boil for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let them rest fro another 5 minutes.
- Then peel the eggs. I’m not good at this. Let’s see if you can do it without breaking the egg white. Set aside.
- Heat up a pan (medium heat) with the cooking oil. Add the garlic and ginger chops. Once it’s sizzling, add the chili bean sauce and chopped bell peppers. Stir for 30 seconds.
- Eggs are coming in now. Add all the other ingredients except for the vegetables as they are for the nest.
- Gently stir for another 1 to 2 minutes. Now it’s time to get them back to the nest.