Friday, May 27, 2011

Toddler Eats: Chinese Steamed Eggs

Chinese Steamed Egg
It’s a daily battle of ours to get Anna to eat a good amount of food. While I wouldn’t say she’s a very picky eater and will try anything we put in front of her, she just eats very little…just a couple of bites. Maybe she's bored with the menu, but it’s also hard to come up with new things for her to try because she still only has 6 teeth, all in the front. So I think chewing (especially meat) is still difficult for her. Two things she will (almost) ALWAYS eat are skinny noodles and boiled carrots. However, she needs 1) more variety and 2) protein.

Last night I made Chinese Steamed Eggs for her for the first time. It seems to be a winner – we can tell when she likes something because she will grab our hands for more. The texture is silky and smooth so no chewing involved. And eggs are a good source of protein!

You can add whatever you want to get dish, but the base is the same:
//eggs (I used two)
//water or stock (1 egg to 100ml of liquid so I used 200ml)
//pinch of salt and pepper

Beat the above with chopsticks and pass the mixture through a sieve into a dish for steaming. You don’t have to do the second step if you don’t have time, but this will ensure you get a smooth (read: pretty) texture for the egg. After this, you can arrange the other ingredients you want into the dish.

This time, I used:
//imitation crab meat
//fried shallots

Next time, I may use:
//tofu
//mushrooms
//salty duck eggs
//scallions
//etc.

Cover the dish with saran wrap. Finally, time to steam! I used a regular cooking pot and a wire rack. The key is to bring the water to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer before placing the dish in. Steam with a very low flame - which means that you should not hear the rapid boiling of water that you usually do when steaming other dishes. Steam until the egg is set, which can be between 15-20 minutes. You can check whether the egg is set by using a knife and poking the center of the dish. It's done when the egg doesn't run.

The dish was a “go” for Anna as of last night. Not sure about the future, but that was good enough for me.
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The scene at our kitchen whenever Anna decides to "help".
scene at our house when cooking dinner
Last night's dinner for Anna: noodles, boiled carrots, broccoli, and steamed eggs. Grapes and cookies for dessert.
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4 comments:

  1. I'm definitely filing this recipe away. If Anna likes it, it's worth a try for Ephram I suppose!

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  2. Mmm...love steamed eggs! I could never get them to look this smooth though!

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  3. Those look pretty yummy to me! Does she share some with others? :)

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