Friday 29 April 2011

[Breakfast Ideas] Poached And Soft-Boiled Eggs with Toast

What do you usually have for your breakfast. In Singapore most of us love to have Coffee with toast and soft boiled egg either at home, coffee shop or etc. And the most common hang out will be either at Ya Kun or Toast Box where they serve pretty good toast with soft boiled egg.

Here I will be sharing two quick and easy recipes on how to prepare Toast with Eggs like those western style breakfast serving in most cafe where you can impress your family members during weekend breakfast.

Most of us know that Eggs have excellent nutritional value. They contain protein which is needed for building and repairing the cells in muscles and other body tissues as well as supply valuable minerals and vitamins. Since my boy loves egg(he eats at least 1 egg per day) we usually have at least a tray at home every week. Recently I got a box of this new CP Chilled Fresh Eggs which are known to be sanitised, oiled and chilled within one hour of being laid to ensure that the supreme freshness from the farms is sealed and kept within the eggs.

These eggs are packed in a transparent tray with size range from 65 - 70g per egg that cost S$2.50 per box of 6 Large Eggs. And on the packaging it is also stated that these eggs contain lesser cholesterol than ordinary eggs, and have a lifespan of up to 90 days! As you can see from the photos below, the egg yolk of these CP Chilled Fresh Eggs is rather more firm and orange in colour compared to the normal yellow yolks that we used to see. And we also find that it taste more fragrant while eating poached or soft-boiled too. If you are interested to give it a try, these eggs are available at all Cold Storage, NTUC Finest, Meidiya and Carrefour currently.

You can achieve different texture of soft-boiled egg according to your preference by timing the simmering time such as 5 minutes for medium-boiled and 7 minutes for hard-boiled (mine was about 3 1/2  to 4 minutes as I prefer it to be a bit runny for dipping my toast). The reason for stirring egg occasionally also helps the yolk to stay centered in the egg for even distribution.


Ingredients: (serve 2)
2 Fresh Egg, at room temperature
Multi-grain toast fingers, to serve

1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

2. Reduce heat to medium(once the water boil) and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Remove pan from heat, using slotted spoon transfer eggs to egg cups.

4. Using a teaspoon, carefully remove tops from eggs and serve with toast fingers and extra sides(optional).

In Poaching method, the egg is cracked into a bowl then gently slid into a pan of simmering water and cooked until the egg white has almost solidified but the yolk still remains soft. And this is a healthy way of consuming fresh egg without using at oil or fat in it's preparation.


Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 Teaspoons White Vinegar
2 Fresh Eggs, at room temperature
Butter Toast, to serve

1. Pour cold water into a large saucepan at least 8 - 10cm deep. Add in white vinegar and bring to boil over medium heat.

2. Reduce heat to low(water should still be simmering around the edge with tiny bubbles).

3. Crack 1 egg at a time into a shallow bowl, using a spoon stirring water to create a whirlpool. (stir about 5 - 6 rounds)

4. Slowly tip egg into water while with the whirlpool spinning and for 2 minutes for soft yolk or 3 minutes for firm.

5. Using a slotted spoon, remove egg from water, drained well and serve it on toast.

6. Skim foam from water and poach remaining egg.

For this recipe, try to use fresh egg for poaching as the egg white will be at its thickest and it will produce a good shape. Whereas stirring the water with spoon also keeps the egg rounded while adding vinegar to the water helps to set the egg white quickly too.


  1. I want to eat EGGS now!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  2. Love soft boil egg with runny egg yolk for breakfast! Mom always made us to eat it every morning when we were a kid. Now I am doing the same to my kids, but not everyday though (^。^)

  3. My boy prefer hard boiled egg than soft boiled and he eats almost everyday :)

  4. Honeybeesweets29/4/11 4:57 pm

    Perfect breakfast to wake up to.  think I can eat this everyday. Love your photos, very tempting!

  5. Parsley Sage29/4/11 11:29 pm

    This is a great post. Sometimes people get so involved in the intricate recipes they forget about us newbies that may just want some tips on old classics :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. The running egg yolk looks so good, making me salivating...

  7. Great idea! I have been running out of ideas of what to make for breakfast, I love poached/soft boiled eggs, not for my hubby though, he prefers the hardboiled ones...

  8. Great pictures Ellena! I like how you picked the dish with chicken pictures... cute!

  9. Matt in Singapore5/5/11 10:42 am

    This is the strangest thing about Singapore cuisine I have noticed. I am a foreigner (from Australia) who has lived here for 5 years, and my reluctance to leave is based strongly on delicious Singapore cuisine.

    For breakfast in Singapore, there is an amazing choice of food - roti prata, bee hoon (the one in Holland village is amazing), dim sum, ... list goes on and on. Yet I always see masses of people at Wang's cafe eating boring old egg and toast. It is incomprehensible!

  10. I'm so fond of eggs , I will surely try this .Beautiful blog :)


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