If there’s one ingredient that the whole world can get behind, it’s the egg. You can boil, scramble or fry it, but it’s almost impossible to turn an egg into something unappetising. Cooking wouldn’t be the same without them.
Part of what makes an egg so appealing is its natural flexibility. In the right hands, eggs can form the focal point of an awesome breakfast, lunch or dinner and be presented in an infinite number of ways. More often than not, people are happy to settle for something that they’re comfortable with, rather than push the eggy boat out. This is a mistake.
To help you dive deep into the awesome world of egg cookery, we present eight amazing recipes from around the world. You may not have heard of them all, but we guarantee that they are delicious. Enjoy.
1. Egg Hopper
One of the staples of Sri Lankan cooking, a hopper is a type of pancake that comes packed with all sorts of awesome fillings. Made from a mixture of rice flour and coconut milk, these delicious snacks are a popular street food across the island, and are especially delicious when stuffed with a perfectly cooked egg.
2. Eggs en Cocotte
The ultimate example of eggy decadence, eggs en cocotte are both indulgent and irresistible. This French classic features eggs baked in a mixture of cream and butter and can come with added extras such as leeks and bacon.
If you’ve never tried this quintessential Georgian comfort food, you have a pleasant surprise waiting for you. A bread boat, covered in cheese and topped with a dippy egg, this is a perfect example of tear-and-share cuisine.
4. Khai Yat Sai
Asian cuisines are the kings of street cookery, and there aren’t many dishes that demonstrate this better than khai yat sai. To make this Thai classic, a four egg omelette is stuffed with a mixture of pork mince, chillies and herbs in a spicy, tangy ball of exceptional eggyness. Perfect at any time of day.
It might sound like an antiquated 50 Cent song, but there’s no doubting menemen’s star quality. Essentially a glorified scrambled egg, this dish features eggs folded with green peppers, onions and chilli flakes, adding extra oomph to your morning meal.
6. Scotch Eggs
Ask anyone who’s been on a British picnic how you should have your eggs, and the answer will almost inevitably be, “surrounded by sausage meat”. Providing a combination between salty, fatty pork and rich egg yolk, these tasty treats are the perfect example of great British finger food.
It might be tainted by the memory of a million average brunches, but there’s no doubt that proper shakshuka deserves its place on this list. Popular across North Africa and the Middle East, the traditional dish serves eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers and onions, spiced with cumin, paprika and chilli. It’s tough to imagine anything better.
If you think poaching an egg is a challenge, don’t go anywhere near tamagoyaki. This complex Japanese dish features layers of folded scrambled eggs, carefully constructed into a many-layered cylinder and usually eaten as part of breakfast of lunch. It may be fiddly, but it’s incredibly delicious.
Wherever you are on earth, you can almost guarantee that they’re doing something delicious with eggs. There are almost no limits to what you can do with this most versatile of ingredients. Next time you’re out and about, don’t stick with what’s tried and tested. Branch out into new eggy adventures. You never know what you might discover.